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it works and it's beautiful, but it's a little sketchy
on May 6, 2011
- it's colorful and beautiful!!
- 24 hour time option! woo!
- temperature can be in celsius (go metric!).
- day, date and time is handy
- several alarm chimes. most of them are annoying tunes. the others are very basic beeping sounds.
- the clock is a little smaller than i expected it to be.
the product description is a bit confusing. it says
*Powered by 4.5V AC adapter or AAA batteries. (not included)
*LED power by 4 x AAA batteries (not included)
*LCD screen powered by 2 x AG13 batteries (included).
to clarify, the 2 x AG13 batteries power the actual clock including the lcd screen. you can power the led light with either a power adapter or four aaa batteries. the power adapter will not power the clock itself. some clocks are powered by an adapter and have batteries as a backup, but this is not the case for this clock as i expected. the lcd screen and clock are powered completely independently from the led light inside.
there is a switch on the bottom of the clock that has three modes: "demo", "off" and "on". "demo" will keep the LED light on and disables the alarm off. "off" keeps the alarm and the LED off. "on" enables the alarm and keeps the LED on. if the switch is set to "off" then you can hit the top of the clock and the led will light up for a few seconds and then fade. you cannot turn the LED light off while the alarm is set, which may be a problem if the light will keep you awake while you are trying to sleep. the led is on a color wheel and the color constantly changes -- you cannot choose a color for it to stay at. it is so beautiful though. whenever i feel sad i just look at the clock and say "hi cubis!" (i named my clock "cubis") and i feel better again.
every time you hit a button on the bottom of the clock it makes a beep. this is inconvenient because i cannot set my alarm when my roommate is sleeping unless i take it out of the room. there is no way to disable this sound.
i put in 4 aaa batteries and left the switch on demo. the led drained the batteries in about 100 hours (about 4 days). if you set the alarm every day before you sleep and you sleep for 8 hours, the batteries will die in 12 days. luckily the alarm is powered separately by the ag13 batteries.
the manual is this one-page slip of paper and the directions were obviously translated from another language. the directions are only mildly helpful and do not tell you everything you need to know, so you'll have to experiment a little.