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Altaz AZICR101 3.5-Inch Internet Clock Radio with Net Applications (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Altaz
  • Model Number: AZICR101
  • Item Height: 3.5 inches
  • Item Length: 4.25 inches
  • Item Weight: 0.5 pounds
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Product Description

Altaz 3.5" Touch screen Internet Clock Radio is not your regular Alarm Clock Radio. It connects to thousand of Internet Radio Stations around the world. With built-in Wi-Fi connection, you can check weather, share online photos, and other Internet Applications. Finally, you can display your digital photos from built-in SD card reader and save your favorite photos to the 128MB of internal memory. Did we mention that it is also a MP3 player too?

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0044V179E
  • Item model number: AZICR101
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,096 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 27, 2010

Customer Reviews

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Chris Schneider on October 23, 2010
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I was looking for something like this for a while now but nobody made it, so I was happy to hear of the Altaz Internet Clock Radio. I was a bit worried though when it arrived. First off, it's very small which normally isn't a bad thing but with a touch screen it makes it that much more difficult to use. Also, it feels very cheaply made. Second, the touch screen. This touch screen is absolutely horrible. Even after you do the initial calibration it doesn't respond well at all. Some of the menu buttons are so small and close together you end up hitting the wrong one each time or it just doesn't do anything. Lastly, if this is supposed to be an alarm clock (which means it will be on your night stand), why the heck is the screen so ridiculously bright (even on the lowest brightness setting)? At night it lit up half of my room. I had to turn the device completely around so it wasn't facing me, so what's the point of even having it. If this product was only $20 then it might be worth it to someone but definitely not at nearly $100. Needless to say, I have returned it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Voice of Reason on October 27, 2010
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I would have to agree with the first reviewer...I was attracted to the device after a profile on one of the gadget sites. The size is smaller than I expected. The on-screen keyboard is relatively small and makes it very easy to make incorrect keypresses. Additionally, when entering SSID strings and errors are inputted, hitting the backspace button erases the entire field! It also doesn't store SSID keys, so everytime the thing needs to re-establish connection you must enter it in again.

The previous reviewer got further with it than I did, letting it sit on his nightstand. I laughed out loud about the brightness factor. Surely enough, there is no option to turn down the screen brightness.

The only practical use for this thing would be as a desk clock. Forget about the internet capabilities as the interface is too time-consuming for practicality. If you think $100 for a desk clock is a good buy, pick one up. Otherwise...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William F. Dudley Jr. on November 30, 2011
I bought one of these mid Nov 2011. Unfortunately it is completely worthless for the intended use. The problems are:
1. the weather function does not work. 2. you cannot change the volume of when playing an internet radio station (despite
the fact that there are HARDWARE volume buttons!) 3. The alarm will only "ring" for 1 minute. If you don't wake up in
1 minute, tough!. 4. The alarm will not play internet radio as a wake-up sound. 5. The screen brightness is WAY TOO BRIGHT
for bedside use at night. Even on the lowest brightness setting you can light up a room with this at night. 6. There is
no headphone jack so you can't pipe the audio into a bigger stereo system. 7. The auto-dim after X seconds function stops
working if you leave the unit running. You have to reboot the unit in order to get the auto-dim to work again. 8. The
company (Altaz) does not respond to emails about product defects.

I downloaded the "latest" code upgrade for this and installed it, but the unit was already at "latest" as nothing changed with
the "upgrade". Since the code "upgrade" is from late 2010, that is not surprising.

In the unit's defense, it has a web interface where you can do most of the setup from the comfort of your computer, and the
selection of internet radio stations is good. Further, you can add new internet radio stations via the web interface.

Don't buy this, get a chumby. Same money, and the chumby has a very good alarm clock function, dimmable screen, headphone jack,
volume control that works, working weather app, etc. etc.

1 star since you can't rate 0 stars.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wohl on November 9, 2010
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On paper, this product has everything I was looking for. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to its billing. But then again, I was trying to buy a wi-fi enabled clock radio for $70 bucks, so it's not completely their fault.

Everything is touchscreen-driven, which would be fine except for two problems... the touchscreen is of poor quality and the menu/interface is poorly designed. Touchscreen problems: Touch a menu item to select, and you may get any of the following: single press to selected menu item, double press, no press, press to another menu item. Menu/interface problem: For example, when selecting a playlist of internet radio stations, you have to navigate through 4 levels of menus, select one station, and then pretty much exit completely out and navigate back into the menus. Just a very clunky interface in general.

The main reason I bought this item was for the internet radio capability. And unfortunately, that is the area with which I am having the greatest problem. The menu of stations is bugged - sometimes it locks up and prevents you from scrolling down past a certain point - which requires you to turn the device off and start all over. Not too bad other than the fact that it took 50 screen-presses to get to that point.

Another downside to using this as a clock radio at your bedside is that it is very bright and doesn't appear to have a "night mode" and is very bright - so that may bother some people.

I can't completely hate the device because like I said, I knew I was gambling when I tried to buy such an advanced piece of electronic equipment for $70. I gambled, and in this case I lost.
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