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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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Product Description

Saitek's Competition Game Clock is the clock you can rely on. Rugged enough for the heavy handed and advanced enough to have many timing features, this clock will meet your requirements. Suitable for a variety of games, from competitive chess matches to family games of Scrabble. Sleek and stylish, the large LCD screens display remaining time accurate to the second, as well as countdown and move features, etc.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.8 x 3.5 inches ; 15.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MR3S64
  • Item model number: CZ02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,104 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

Customer Reviews

Best chess clock there is.
KC
Keeps great time and has different setting for different games.
Amazon Customer
Excellent quality and sturdy construction.
MARHOF

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. Shiflett on August 3, 2007
My friends and I get into some pretty heated chess games, with weighted pieces -- and there's little more satisfying (at the chessboard, at least) than smashing your clock button with one of your opponent's major pieces. We do this quite a bit. Sad, isn't it?

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."
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Fairthought on June 11, 2009
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I went looking for a lowest price chess clock I could find, having the opinion that most chess clocks were way overpriced. I decided on this one over mechanical clocks to avoid the annoying tick tock those models can make, especially the cheaper ones. At first I was dismayed by the battery it uses, a more expensive C battery instead of the more common AA/AAA batteries, but as soon as I started using it I loved this clock. Its sturdy, with a wide base so slapping the buttons won't knock it over. Programming the clock is not intuitive, it took me some tinkering before I figured out how to adjust times and get the fisher clock setting. There are also instructions for those who can't figure it out. A green light indicates whose turn it is, a red light indicates who ran out of time. There is also a buzzer, you can toggle these on or off, or choose both.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By kbarj on February 20, 2009
After trying several other timers, this has become the timer of choice for our high school's chess club. The convenience of digital timing over analog is the first plus. The quality of construction is the second, as they have endured two years of high school and middle school competitions. And finally, the ease of use combined with the functionality make this timer a winner.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TooCheapToBuyCheapGoods on May 29, 2011
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I bought this blue-wedge Saitek Mephisto Competition Chess Clock over a year ago.

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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William I. Dube on July 29, 2009
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Giving this Timer anything less than five stars is unfair!!!

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Hunter on August 17, 2013
I originally bought one of these and found it really easy to use and good value, but once in a while it reset in the middle of a game. It was replaced under warranty and I assumed it was a one-off problem and bought 3 more for our chess club. Today another one did exactly the same thing in the middle of a USCF tournament game. It had new batteries (and I checked the voltage) so that's not the problem. I can only assume there is a design fault.
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