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Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock Pro

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews) 7 answered questions

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  • 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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000WFCH4U
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 4 inches ; 13.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 10, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,957 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Saitek's new Competition Pro 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. Simple controls offer 25 timer modes (including 3 user-programmable modes); Hourglass, Blitz, FIDE/ECU/Traditional Tournament, Fischer, Bronstein, Delay and Word Modes.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the line chess clock. July 19, 2006
I am US Chess Federation candidate master ( current rating 2188) and have been playing casual and competitive chess since I was 7 years old. I have been using pretty much every analog and digital clock which is currently on the market.

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.)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch chess clock February 29, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a long time chess club member who has used many different chess clocks for skittles and tournament chess. Recently, I purchased this Saitek Competition Pro clock through Amazon. The advent of strong computers and chess playing software has placed the tradition of tournament games with adjournments at forty moves into question. There was pressure to eliminate the practice of computer analysis during adjournment. Modern digital clocks with time delay and multi-tier time controls allow limited extra time in proportion to the total number of moves.
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.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for most of us December 11, 2009
I've only had this clock for a little while, but I've been very happy with it. It looks good, feels solid, and has a lot of nice options. It's not in the same league with the high end Chronos clocks, but if you're a casual player who isn't playing in tourneys constantly this should be more than sufficient.

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).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess Clock November 22, 2010
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I just got done using this in a recent Chess Tournament. The first day was 2 hour games with a 5 second delay, no problem to set. Next day they changed the time control to 30 moves in 90 minutes with a 5 second delay, then a 60 minute sudden death. Took a minute to figure out but I got it set. It's a nice clock and it works well. I like the features of it lighting up when it's your move, of course I left that off for the tournament, and the sound. It may not be the best clock on the market but it works and does it's job for a very reasonable price. I would gladly purchase this clock again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some software issues December 25, 2012
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The clock looks good and when it works, it is fine. But if one switches it off with the switch at the bottom, it gets into a frozen state after switched back. Only removing the batteries helped. So it has to be left on all the time. The programming is not very intuitive, but it can be done by carefully following the manual. It is still cumbersome. If one uses the same settings over and over, it is fine. The clock can be used to give advantage to the weaker player by giving him/her more time. This makes the game fun for both players.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clock July 5, 2012
By Tim
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a standard in chess clocks. This is my first clock, but I've seen it all over the place prior to buying it from Amazon. It has pretty much all the features you need for casual or tournament play. Although I've only had it for a few days, it seems well constructed and the feel of hitting the buttons is the great! I don't know why other users complained about it being hard to use. I figured out how to use the preset modes and how to create, edit, and store new custom modes on my own in less than 5 minutes without looking at the manual and having never used a chess clock in my life! For those of you who doubt your ability to figure it out, it also comes with a manual that seems well written. If you are looking for a chess clock under $100 then this is your clock!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars 1st one stop working just a little over 90 days, 2nd one button falls...
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
Published 1 month ago by Hui Jiang
3.0 out of 5 stars Wore out in about 4 years.
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 more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice and feature heavy clock. Built solid.
Published 1 month ago by Greg T.
4.0 out of 5 stars I thinks this is a good chess clock for enjoying blitz chess ( for...
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 3 months ago by David Moises Herrera L
1.0 out of 5 stars Hanging. Unusable.
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great clock for the price
Published 3 months ago by Eddie Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Great chess clock, extremely configurable!
I play blitz chess at work, and needed a clock which would be relatively straightforward to use, could be reprogrammed, and could be triggered by hitting with pieces rather than... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John L. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be great if if didn't hang occasionally
I love the modes in this clock. It is very robust and handles plenty of slapping.
We usually use Bronstein 5/2, which means it has to be programmed as a user mode. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Good looking Paperweight
Like others here I found the programming a bit irritating but manageable. What I don't find manageable is the fact that the clock won't start in game mode. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ron Toifel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clock excellent seller
Great clock. Great features. Used for playing chess and worked good. The modes can be tricky to figure out but has a lot of modes so that is a plus
Published 10 months ago by Brandon Williams
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