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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2005
I purchased this clock as a replacement for an older Timex travel alarm clock that I lost. While this model functions on a basic level, it is disappointing overall.

As another reviewer mentioned, this clock gains time quickly. After just a couple of days it will be minutes ahead of the actual time. If you only use the clock for weekend trips this probably won't be much of an inconvenience, but for longer trips or regular use at home, this is a bit of a nuisance. I can honestly say that in my entire life I have never had any clock, watch, or other appliance so poor at keeping the correct time.

I have also been disappointed with the quality of the Indiglo backlight on this clock. On my last travel alarm, as well as my Indiglo watch, the Indiglo backlight is bright and makes the characters easy to read in the dark. However, on this clock the Indiglo backlight is feeble by comparison. It's just bright enough to qualify as usable, but if your eyesight isn't great the combination of the weak backlight and the fact that you probably aren't wearing contacts or glasses in the middle of the night may make this clock difficult for you to read.

As far as the user interface is concerned, the time display is very large, but other on-screen items, such as the "alarm on" indicator, are not necessarily obvious by a quick glance at the display. The Indiglo button, as you can see in the picture, is in the middle of the face of the unit. My last travel alarm placed this button on the top of the unit. If you can imagine trying to illuminate your clock in a pitch dark room, you can probably guess which location is more convenient. Fortunately, all the buttons you need to set the clock are easily located on the lower half of the face of the unit. For setting the time/alarm the clock has a pair of up/down buttons that move the time in one (if you press and release) or 15 (if you hold) minute increments. This is particularly useful for making small time adjustments backwards.

Overall I have been very disappointed with this clock. It lacks some of the ease-of-use features I'm used to, and it suffers from poor craftsmanship. It was relatively inexpensive and it hasn't technically broken, but if I could go back in time I would most certainly purchase a different travel alarm.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2005
This clock gains about 5 minutes every 4 days or so. I have an old digital plug-in clock that keeps perfect time, but the alarm doesn't work. I bought this one for the alarm, but usually have to reset the time to match the old plug-in about twice a week. Also, if it gets dropped or knocked off the table, you have to reset the time. I've had 2 or 3 other clocks of this type that keep perfect time, maybe gain a minute or two every 6 months. I would not buy another Timex.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
Bought this despite mixed reviews from previous customers. As mentioned by others it gains approximately 3-4 min in a week. Also the Indiglo display isnt that great. It is very hard to see the time display during the day. Bottomline.. Always look through customer reviews and think hard and long if a product you are considering buying has bad reviews.

Update: Display is all messed up after just one battery change. Stay away from this product
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2007
This Elgin remake of the original Timex 3400T is nothing like the original. (I like the original so much I was hoping to buy another.) Sadly, the quality of this clock is very, very poor. This new design of the 3400T is completely different (worse) -- they should have changed the part number.

I liked the ability to quickly and quietly set a "nap" time in the original. No more! The updated version is much more difficult to set and it beeps loudly every time you press a button.

I am very disappointed. I'd gladly pay three times the price to get a 3400T of the original Timex design.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 3, 2009
The Elgin Travel Alarm Clock has several features that I like. It is battery operated, which is convenient not only when traveling but in case the electricity goes out at home and you need a functional clock. It has a protective cover so the clock face won't get scratched during travel - said cover doubles as a stand for the clock. The clock not only shows the time (you have a choice of a twelve hour or twenty-four hour format), but the date (date and month, not including year or day of the week). The numbers are easy to read, even for someone as nearsighted as I am. There is also a backlight that activates for approximately five seconds and then automatically shuts off. There is also an alarm feature; a snooze button (this shuts off the alarm for five minutes and then it automatically sounds again); and a nap timer which you can set in fifteen minute increments for up to four hours of nap time. All of the alarm features are loud, but not annoyingly so. Unlike other reviewers, my clock has kept perfect time and hasn't gained any minutes after over a month of usage.

While I really like the Elgin Travel Alarm Clock and use it all the time (even when not travelling), there are a couple of things that I don't like about it. The buttons to unlock the mechanism to set the alarm, time, and calendar are all on one side and it's a bit tricky to use them. The snooze alarm and backlight are activated by the same button - you press the left side to activate the snooze alarm and the right side to activate the light - and on several occasions I've woken up in the middle of the night and went to activate the light to see what time it was only to inadvertently activate the snooze alarm instead. On those occasions I've had to turn on a light to figure out how to deactivate the snooze alarm (which isn't all that easy to do.) Also, you have to be very careful to make sure the door to the battery compartment is on tight. I accidentally knocked the clock to the floor one night, dislodging the door, and the clock started making a grating beeping noise until I figured out how to latch the door properly - not a fun thing at 3:00 in the morning!

All in all, I really like and get a lot of use out of the Elgin Travel Alarm Clock.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2008
Beware the top-rated review! It is reviewing a different clock! It states that the hours and minutes can be set with buttons that move the time up and down. Instead, this clock requires you to go through 23 hours if you accidentally overshoot by one. Worse, if you overshoot the year by one, you have to go through 99 years to get to the correct one.

The clock is also essentially unusable by anyone over 40. Reading glasses will allow you to read the alarm-time digits, but you will not be able to see the alarm-time PM indicator.

Timex, a few years ago, did sell a clock that had the interface described in the top-rated review, with up and down keys and 15-minute fast advance. Why they went back to an interface found wanting in the 1960s is beyond me...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
I bought this to replace my 10-year old Casio travel alarm. The "nap timer" feature looked useful. Unfortunatley the alarm in this thing is very soft, no louder than the alarm on my wristwatch. I can't use it, I sleep through it every time. NOT recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2005
This little clock has everything! It's compact, efficient, and stylish. All the controls are on the front, and labeled clearly for easy access. With a small pinch, the digital numbers light up for a few moments when you need the time in the middle of the night. The clock is so small you can toss it in your pocket with the credit cards, if you're out the door for a trip and you've forgotten it on the night stand. Mine also gains time, about a minute or so per week... but it's so easy to set or reset that it's not a problem. And it's affordable as well: my wife and I each have one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2010
Unlike some of the other reviewers, my clock seems to keep perfect time. I've had it for several months now and it does not seem to drift.

However, if you actually want to be able to see what time it is you really don't want this clock. In order to see the LCD's, you need to be looking down on the clock from almost directly above it; there is a very narrow viewing angle. You would think that angle would be more nearly face-on, but that is not the case. The backlight does not help. If you're looking for a good travel alarm, I'd say "keep looking".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
Pros:
- Reasonable alarm sound (for light-medium sleepers)
- Compact and extremely portable
- Lightweight yet sturdy; size that fits the falm of your hands, yet has a foldable stand
- Good led light, clear indications of the size of each button
- Affordable and matching with many types of furniture, color, etc

Cons:
- Not user friendly
- Adjusting time, alarm, difficult due to the one direction limit digits go only higher till 59 and resets to 0 )
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