Smooth, beautiful design with a few nagging flaws,
This review is from: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3505/01 with Sunrise Simulation - 2 Natural Sounds and Radio (Personal Care)
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The idea is simple - waking up slowly, gradually to the sounds of prerecorded nature or Radio 4 really does leave you feeling more well-rested and refreshed. And I know this because I've had a different Philips Wake up-light (Philips HF3485 Wake-Up Light with Radio Alarm and USB Playback) for over a year now and it's worked wonders. This particular model, however, is just a little disappointing in comparison, despite not having a huge variation in price point.
The light on this unit is directional, so when on full brightness it acts more like a torch rather than lighting up the entire room, so it's really only suitable for bedside use, rather than more general room lighting. There is also no USB port, which can be found in other models for playing other music.
Having said that, as a natural-light wake up lamp this is would beat any conventional bedside lamp. The light transition is smooth and gentle and the preset alarm noises are quite nice (although used regularly it can become less effective). The touch snoozing function means you can be gently nudged into awakeness and not have to dread hearing the alarm again. The menu is intuitive and not much fiddling is required to set the time and radio presets.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an upgrade from a conventional bedside lamp and wanting a sexy-looking bit of furniture. But if you want more functions and you can afford a little more, then it might be worth looking at a different model.