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Poor LCD display ruins an otherwise good product
on July 13, 2010
This clock has many nice features, including multiple alarms, nature
sounds, auto daylight savings, battery backup, and a wide snooze bar.
But if you can't glance at the clock and read the time easily, then the
product fails. The numbers are BLUE, and the backlight is also BLUE.
The backlight on the LCD display has 3 settings: bright, dim and off.
You can switch between these by pressing the snooze bar on top.
The bright setting is too bright, and the dim setting makes the clock
difficult to read at night or early morning when you're half-asleep.
Instead of blue numbers with a blue backlight, Sony should have went with
something more readable, like black numbers with a white backlight.
** UPDATE - Problem with Buttons/Controls:
In the morning when waking up, most people hit the Snooze button once or
twice, then press the Alarm Off button. The Alarm Off button on this Sony
clock is tiny (3/8" x 3/16"), and is grouped with 7 other identically-sized
buttons. These tiny buttons are almost flush with the clock.
The Alarm Off button does not have any tactile clue, such as a raised 'dot'
or a lowered 'dimple'. So it's difficult to find this button by touch
early in the morning. Did the Sony designers actually test this clock
with a focus group before selling it to the public?