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Great idea, flawed execution for it's price point,
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This review is from: Philips HF3485 Wake-Up Light with Radio Alarm and USB Playback (Personal Care)
Have to say, I LOVE the concept of this product. I have to wake up at 4.30am in the morning, and this helps a lot, it feels like a more gentle awakening, and I feel less groggy... most mornings. I have small cottage windows that are west facing, so I get no morning light, and even on the sunniest days it's very dark, and it does take me longer to get up. I know this because when I stay at my friends house, whose windows are not only large but face the rising sun, then regardless of the time, I'm up, whether I like it or not – even with blinds! I also feel less groggy.
I really like this product, but it's not perfect. First thing, is the price. It's not worth the £100+ I paid for it. I only went with it as it had all the features I wanted. I needed something bright, which this is. I wanted to wake up to my own tracks, which I can do with this. Nothing else seemed to have both those features together. But I have to be honest and say it broke my heart to pay £100+ for an item that in reality is only worth about £30 to £40. But all the other things I looked at didn't have the all the features I wanted.
Also, the unit does get worryingly hot as well, so I make sure I don't leave it on too long. For the price I paid, I would expect stellar audio, and whilst the audio is not bad, it's certainly not great. I'd say mediocre at best. The controls, whilst not hard to figure out, are not immediately obvious. The USB selection options are REALLY lacking! You just have to put up with the way the lamp numbers the tracks, as opposed to reading the track name out, and it seems to number the tracks randomly. I have to go through each track to know which one I want. This low tech approach is not great for a £100+ item.
At this price point, I expect attention to detail, and that's not really the case. The foot grips are lacking. There are no options to change the time for how long it takes the audio to increase in volume, you just have to stick to there 90 secs (I think it is) and that's far to abrupt sometimes. The buttons, whilst not really an issue, are not super responsive. The finish and design are not 'high end' at all. The yellow glow it gives off is great for the first 20 minutes when the lamp brightens up, but it really needs a white light bulb in there. I've had to put a white light bulb in a lamp on a timer, which goes off 10 minutes before the lamps full brightness.
It feels very plasticy. This wouldn't bother me a jot if I had paid the £30 I feel it's worth and I wouldn't even bother to mention all the little details. But again, at £100+ for what is essentially a *very* cheaply made lamp on a timer, I expect high end attention to detail.
I do like the lamp. It's a great idea, but essentially, its design and manufacturing are flawed and lacking for it's price point. Had it been more realistically priced for what is a cheaply made item, I would have given more stars.