Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock Pro
- 4-way control pad for easy mode selection and editing
- Two large LCD displays, with 17mm high digits
- Large lever time control buttons with colours and lighting for 360º visibility
- Time control buttons offer optional on/off for illumination and sound
- 22 different pre-set timer modes, PLUS 3 user-programmable modes including Hourglass, Blitz, FIDE/ECU/Traditional Tournament, Modes, Fischer, Bronstein, Delay and Word Modes; Requires 2 x C (LR14) batteries (not supplied)
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Top Customer Reviews
I consider new chess clock from Saitek : Competition Pro Game Timer to be a top of the line chess timer. It has all the functionality, yet it is economical enough to compete with other brand names like Chronos and DGT. I recommend it to clubs and individuals. It comes with time delay feature which is a must in Major US Chess tournaments (like World Open, Chicago Open, Foxwoods Open,etc.)
While looking over some other reviews on other sites, I noticed that there were a few people who thought it a little hard to understand how to set it up right away. While I'm willing to say that it isn't 100% intuitive, it's not hard either. I had it figured out (with a little help from the user manual) in less than 10 minutes. After only a few uses, it's second nature.
This is the first digital clock I've owned and I don't see myself going back to the analog ones. The read-out is easy to see from all angles and is large enough that you can see your time with a glance.
So there you go. Consider this clock to be a good middle ground option between the cheap ones and the ones that might be out of your price range (or needs).
All digital clocks that provide this level of customization require time to learn the menus and key functions. However, the Saitek has an advantage because there are dedicated controls for navigating the menus and setting the time controls in addition to the time control buttons. The Chronos clocks which are heavily touted as superior are more difficult to program. Too few controls mean that one must execute many different combinations using the same two or three buttons. Also, the Chronos is more than twice as expensive.
The Saitek comes with 22 controls already programmed and room for three additional user defined controls. The pre-set controls include standard controls, FIDE controls, ideas supported by Bronstein and Fisher, blitz games and hourglass controls not used for chess but desirable for other games.
Comparing the Chronos, DGT and Saitek clocks, I prefer the operation of the Saitek during a game. The time control buttons are fool proof, very positive and highly visible. There are options to activate small LEDs built into the buttons and produce an electronic "beep"to indicate which clock is running. Without the "beep," pressing the buttons generates the same sound as the traditional mechanical clocks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clock would freeze occasionally from day one. They don't even sell this anymore which is good. I got a replacement product under warranted replacement and it didn't even work... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd A. Anderson
This is second one I bought, the button falls off within 3 months and clock can't be operated.
The first one that I bought after 3 months start to show 8888 on screen and... Read more
This was a pretty good clock until the little joystick started to become unresponsive. My advice is to get a clock with as few moving parts as possible and avoid any buttons or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John
I thinks this is a good chess clock for enjoying blitz chess ( for which I used of it). It's practical and evidently is necessary to take care of it as any digital stuff.Published 17 months ago by David Moises Herrera L
Hanging to the point "off" button doesn't work. Need to take batteries out to get it working again, which is BAD when you are at tournament. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary