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A fantastic clock!
on 18 October 2013
I finally became frustrated with the unreliability of a radio-controlled alarm clock I bought from Aldi a few months back (it kept randomly switching between UK and European radio transmitters, jumping an hour forwards or backwards each time), and decided to replace it with this Acctim clock.
What a difference! Not only did this clock lock onto, and hold, the radio time signal almost immediately, everything about its design is great. The user interface is perfect: a sliding on-off switch for the alarm, with some red paint showing when its on; an easy-to-hit combined snooze and light button on the top; straightforward clock and alarm setting buttons; and a display that shows at a glance all of the most pertinent information (time, radio strength indicator, temperature (switchable between C and F), day of the week, alarm time when the alarm is on, and date when the alarm is off).
I was a little nervous about the "night glow" backlight feature, but shouldn't have worried. The glow is really very dim: enough to read the time by, but barely enough to cast a glow onto the surface even immediately in front of the clock. Moreover, there is a button on the back to turn this feature off altogether, if you don't like it (and to substantially prolong the battery life, I would imagine).
The user guide recommends changing the batteries (two AAs) every 12 months, if you use the night glow feature. If this is right, then that doesn't seem too bad.
My only slight word of caution is that, like all LCDs, it has a relatively narrow range of viewing angles. In particular, if you look up at the clock from below, by more than a few degrees, the digits can start to fade. Mine is fine from horizontal or a bit above, and side-to-side visibility is also quite good. If mine is typical, then it's just if you want to place it on a surface higher than your pillow (and don't want to have to reach up and lift the clock down to read the time), you might be better off with a different design (e.g. an LED clock).