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Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock Pro

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews) 3 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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,817 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.


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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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19 of 19 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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18 of 18 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 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 Solid, learnable, easy to use April 6, 2008
By Len
This is the first chess timer I've owned. I'm using it to build my son's experience with timed and untimed games. This timer, including the stop buttons, is hefty, well-constructed and very solid.

The user interface isn't readily intuitive, but can be mastered in 10-15 minutes with the help of the instruction manual. There are extensive programming options for the hardcore player. My son and I use the timer with enjoyment for 5-15 minute speed games.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock Pro issues November 8, 2013
Important update to original review: June 2014
I was at a tournament a couple months back where the subject of the software defect described in my first post came up in between games. Someone mentioned that starting the clock and then hitting pause before turning it off fixes the problem with user settings getting scrambled and having to hit the recessed reset button on the bottom of the clock (with a paper clip) before each use. This sounded pretty weird to me, but I've been doing this since I got the tip and so far it works. While I'm still unhappy about the bug, I'm delighted that there is a workaround that makes the clock more usable.

Let me repeat this: After a game is finished, I now restart the clock and hit pause so that the display is flashing, then I turn it off. When the next round begins with the same time control, I turn the clock on, hit the long reset on the front of the clock, and I'm ready to play. Please pass this along this tip to others using this clock.

Because this workaround makes the clock more usable I am upgrading from 1 to 3 stars.

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I bought this clock over a year ago. At first I loved it because it has a lot of settings and is easy to program. I also like that it has a nice solid feel to it, as some other brands feel very cheap and poorly made.

But I soon discovered that when I turn the clock off the programming gets scrambled. This is REAL annoying at tournaments because it means I have to reprogram for each round even when they all use the same time control. I mentioned this problem to another person at my club with the same clock and he says his clock has this problem too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 days 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 2 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 5 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 6 months ago by Brandon Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Freezes often
I really would love it if this clock worked properly because for the price it has the most time modes for USCF and FIDE, is easy to customize the time controls, looks sleek and has... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Mephisto Game clock - great
The timer/clock met all my expectations. Arrived on time, undamaged, and functioned as expected. No issues and it performs as hoped.
Published 7 months ago by harold walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice clock, works quite well
This clock has lots of presets and additional user configurable modes. The presets cover most of the standard game types.
It is solidly built, buttons are solid too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ejga
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product-terrible instructions!
Love the product, hated the instructions! I studied less for finals!
I love the look, feel, touch, weight (it's got some heft) and the fact that
it has more options than... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jojo
4.0 out of 5 stars noice
kinda big, But this is a great clock. You can set times (though I'm not so good at adding time) for your convenience. Kinda bulky, though.
Published 9 months ago by BronxRev
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not do increment time.
This clock cannot be set to do time+increment. Time +delay, yes. Increment, no. It is therefore not terribly useful for chess tournament players, who will likely need both schemes.
Published 14 months ago by John C Bonfield
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