I have the much older model (the tower type) of the Philips sunrise lamp range. I must admit I couldn't live without these types of sunrise alarm clocks, and even then I still have to have another second alarm on standby. My body is terribly good at maintaining it's sleepy state. This newer model is much more compact in size and a lot lighter as well. It's fairly nice looking with a large and clear display. The concept of this clock works very well and I've lived with a sunrise clock for a few years now and they really do help you wake up without the shocking `jolt'. It works by slowly lighting up 30 minutes before the alarm until it reaches the maximum brightness set. Unfortunately with this model, there is only one alarm tone, and it's the typical horrible `beep beep'. Previous models have more `melodic' sounding alarm tones. The alarm starts at a lower volume before increasing in pitch. You can set the clock display contrast and to show in 24 or 12 hour format and have the option to display AM/PM. Annoyingly unlike previous models, you can't set the alarm for hours and minutes independently. You have to hold down the button until it cycles through to the time you want, although it cycles fast I'm always finding myself overshooting. The mode/function buttons are easy to understand and accessible to a degree but I think the weightlessness is this clock's downfall. You wake up bleary eyed, in a disoriented state you feel out where the relatively tiny buttons are on the clock, then you are faced with the issue of pushing on the alarm button. When you attempt to turn off the alarm, the clock simply slides around the bedside table, or when pushed too hard it just flips over. You do need both hands to steady the clock when interacting with the buttons. On the upside I do like the way you put it into snooze mode. To activate snooze, you basically whack the top of the clock with your hand, simple. I wish this was the method used to turn off the alarm. The LED light gives off a pleasant warming yellow glow and is bright enough to light up the room. You can set the default brightness to your preference. LED bulbs last a long time but be aware that this is a sealed unit, so when the bulb goes you won't be able to replace this yourself. The power cable is also noticeably short.
Having owned a previous model I really feel that this latest version has taken a step backwards, however the design is better looking and probably more energy efficient given that it uses LED. But the tiny buttons and clock sliding around in the mornings is a disappointment. It's a more of a basic model, for the cheaper price (than previous models) and the benefits of waking up in a more gentle manner, the minor flaws could be overlooked.