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Hourly Chime is too faint for me
on April 19, 2013
I gave it 3 stars, but it is hard to rate.
It has good big digital characters, easy to read.
It has intelligible instructions; those who didn't find instructions may have just not found them, as they were hidden inside the plastic frame on which the watch comes. It took a few minutes to figure out how to open that center frame, but once figured out, I found instructions inside.
I bought this to get a watch that gave me a chime or alarm every hour. And this watch does so, but the chime is so faint that more times than not I do not hear it.
I am not as young as I used to be, but I would not be considered hard-of-hearing. Still, human ears get less sensitive to high pitches as life time increases. Children can hear high pitches that adults cannot hear at all. ¿Ever hear of the high-pitched ring tones on cell phones that kids can use (like in school) which adult teachers cannot hear, but kids can? What's it called, Angel Whisper ring tone? Maybe a 25 year old would hear the chime every hour -- I don't know; I haven't been 25 for a while.
The hourly chime is high pitched, & I can often hear it if in a silent room and expecting it. But going about my daily business, more hours than not today (first day of use), I did not hear the chime.
For $20 it is hard to complain. There is a $100 watch on Amazon that probably is louder. Still, I got it for a hourly chime purpose; so for me, I nearly wasted my money. I guess I'll spring for the $100 watch.
It does have an alarm, which may be louder, but it is only once a day I think. If you just want a watch, It does appear to be worth $20.
Of course for myself, I prefer a leather band to the plastic that comes with this one. But I doubt that this band will be easy to replace, as it looks peculiar to me.