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My favorite meditation timer so far,
This review is from: Pearl Salubrion Enso Clock Meditation Zen Timer (Kitchen)
I just received this in the mail a few days ago, but already it has become my favorite timer. You have the ability to set 3 different types of interval timers. I use the first for a full session, second for an abbreviated session, and the third for a basic 5-minute interval timer.
There are 5 alarm tones available, and the bell tones are all gorgeous and very high quality. I was surprised that such a tiny speaker in the back could produce such a realistic tone. Also, the volume setting can be set anywhere from barely audible (perfect for my meditation work) to a tone loud enough to be easily heard in a group setting. From quietest to loudest, the tones are just as clear and without distortion.
Salubrion has listened to its Enso v.1 customers and put tactile indicators on a few of its buttons. The backlight button has a raised bump in the middle, the snooze has a raised ridge, and the alarm on/off has a small raised bump.
One thing I would like (as did owners of the previous version of the Enso) is a constant-on backlight option. According to the manufacturer, this is not an option due to limited power availability in the AAA batteries. I understand that a backlight will drain the batteries more quickly, but let ME decide that. Surely a single LED backlight bulb would be effective enough to see my timer in the dark without putting a strain on battery life.
My Cons List
For unknown reasons, one of the 5 available alarm tones is a traditional beeping alarm. Isn't this why people by the Enso, to get away from a traditional alarm? It seems counterproductive to the whole spirit of this company. Weird.
I don't QUITE like this as an alarm clock. My current alarm, from Now & Zen, features a progressive alarm which gradually increases the frequency of the alarm bell. I wish the Enso had the same feature, but instead I get a constantly repeating bell sound. It's more peaceful than a traditional clock, but not as nice as my Now & Zen clock.