Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock
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- Two large LCD displays, with 17-Millimeter high digits
- Versatile - multiple game options, timer modes include Blitz, tournament, game and user
- 4-Way control pad - easy navigation through modes and One button game restart
- Option to turn off illumination and sound; Requires 2 x C batteries (not supplied)
- Large time control buttons with color/illumination for easy 360 degree visibility
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Top Customer Reviews
Nevertheless, the clock's a trooper; and is probably the most solidly-built chess clock I've ever seen. Operationally, it has several options that are simple to navigate and set, rubber stoppers on the bottom that keep it from sliding on the table, and even small disco lights on the toggle button to indicate whose turn it is.
Delivery was quick and painless, even to an overseas address.
If I had to dig for a complaint, though, it would be in the settings. Holding the clock's LCD face up to the light at an angle shows that there is an LCD element that reads "Fischer" -- though the clock itself has no Fischer (adding time after a move) option.
Lastly (and this is minor), the clock uses a "C" battery vice the usual "AA."
Edit: May 18, 2011 - All of the timers we purchased for the chess club are still working great. Not one failure in over 4 years of use now.
Edit: March 30, 2014 - All of the timers we purchased for the chess club are still working. One timer had the blue toggle button fall off, requiring a super-glue repair, but it still works.
Buttons are large, solid and make a satisfying click-clunk, even if you press a little off-center. This tactile and aural feedback is a throwback to another era. The slider switch on the bottom allows you to suppress the "your-move" beep and the button light separately, so you can use it in silent-but-lit mode. Good weight from the C-size batteries and a decent angle on the display.
The manual is intimidating without being ambiguous, incomplete, error-filled or unreadable. The clock is substantial, science-lab attractive. I ran it as a timer Monday-Friday for 8-12 hours a day for two months (pressing buttons at least six or seven times a day) without any sense that I was wearing in or wearing out the mechanism. Would buy again.
WEIGHT is good before adding batteries and perfect afterwords.
Using this timer is a snap once you get used to the fact you are adjusting a six digit time with a four digit display .
There are several preset functions to this timer allowing you just about as many combinations for timing as there are moves on a chess board.
Function 3C allows you to set the time per move for each player. It is preset to a blazing 5sec per move. When changing the time per move you have to change both players separately. This feature allows one player to be handicapped additional time if necessary. We set our clock to five mins per move in 3C.
Being new to the game I wanted to find out more about timing and rules of chess. WOW there are so many to choose from. All my research concluded that the most important thing is to agree to the rules and timing before the game starts.
Buy this timer, it is thrifty, durable, and with proper care should last a lifetime.
My only regret is that there is no sound only alarm function. (If they had this I'd use it daily in my kitchen.)
LASTLY: Lock your settings after you get the clock the way you want it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a fine clock for pushing a button and having something go beep to tell the other player it's their turn. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Malcolm M.
Great chess clock. A little complicated to use at first (comes with a thick instruction manual), but works well.Published 7 months ago by seahawk
This is a good clock but doesn't have all the modes I want (no increment) and only one storage space for user customized time control. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John
Probably works great as a chess clock, but I'm using it as a Scrabble timer and it has some limitations. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Flcyclist
From the first times I started to use this clock, it had an issue. If the timer ran completely out, and the clock was turned off, when it was turned back on it could not be reset. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Charles DeCelles
Tough package but I have hit the "freeze" problem that others have encountered. When it happens, I have to pull the batteries to get a full reset. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jp
Boyfriend loved opening this gift on Christmas. He said it was very simple to use and enjoyed the gift very muchPublished 21 months ago by Danielle Blair