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This review is from: Timex T736S Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projector and Jumbo Display (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I was looking for 3 things in my replacement clock radio.
1. A red display
2. FM sensitivity for weak stations
3. Dual alarms
The Timex T736S had everything I wanted and some fun extras.
First, why was I looking for a red display? Our body's circadian rhythms are regulated by light, blue light in particular. Exposure to blue or white light from a clock or other light source at night confuses the body into thinking it is daytime. This confusion causes hormonal changes related to sleep and behavior disorders and is implicated in development of breast cancer. It turns out that few clock radios on the market today have red displays. This display is red, large and readable. The projector is red too. One point for the Timex.
The radio function on this Timex works well. I bought this unit specifically to pick up an FM station with problematic reception. I did have to be creative with the wire FM antenna curling it just right, but the station came in loud and clear. Point two for the Timex.
Dual alarm functions have spoiled me. One setting for weekdays and one for weekends. This radio makes it easy to set and forget. It's also easy to turn the alarms on or off from the front of the unit, another plus. Until I used the clock radio to wake up the first time, I didn't realize that the radio starts soft building to your wake up volume setting. That is much less jarring in the morning. So the Timex met my three main points when shopping for a clock radio.
But there is much more. This clock radio sets the clock as soon as you plug it in. It was close, but I had to adjust it about 4 minutes initially. It has been on time since.
Battery backup is included to prevent losing your settings during power outages, and it will alarm even when the power is out. The radio audio is not hi-fi, but is a step above my last clock radio.
Radio tuning is analog not digital, so it is not precise. The digital readout may or may not show the actual frequency of the station. You have to tune by ear, not the dial reading. But the good news is that it picks up stations very well in both AM and FM.
A neat value added feature is sound effects. You can lull yourself to sleep or wake up with the sound of the surf or one of three other sounds. If you need some white noise to go to sleep, this is your answer.
The projector clock really does project 30 feet. I can easily read the time in the middle of the night without my glasses using the readout projected on the ceiling. I guess the projected numbers are at least 2' tall on a 12' ceiling. The projector is adjustable for most possible installations. The room does need to be completely dark to see the projected time.
Quirks or limitations: If you go to sleep with radio then you wake with radio. The same is true for the sound effects. You can't mix and match. As with most analog radio tuners, finesse is required with antenna position and dial movement to get some stations. The switch to turn off the projector sometimes takes two or three tries.
Considering all of the features, this clock radio is a great value. I am very pleased with mine so far.
Update August 22,2012
I have updated my review to 5 stars. The Timex clock radio has functioned beautifully and has performed as advertised. The projection feature, not critical to me when I bought it, is wonderful. It is so easy to see the time at night even without glasses. The battery backup works flawlessly in what seem to be more frequent power outages here. Research continues to pile up linking night time light pollution with melatonin suppression and increased risk of cancer. While any light is a problem, the red part of the light spectrum is the least offensive. So I feel even more comfortable with the red display on this unit.
Update October 21, 2013
I still give this clock radio 5 stars. There have been zero issues with operation or function.