American Innovative Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock
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- No other clock radio in the world has this capability; nearly every feature can be adjusted to suit personal preference
- Two 7-day banks provide 2 completely independent 7-day wake schedules, his and hers, for example
- Wake to NPR at 7 am weekdays, a morning talk show on a different station on Saturday, and the buzzer on Sunday
- Other features include descending snooze time, up to 7 daily reminder alarms, calendar display, and flexible inputs and outputs
- Easy to set, a simple twist of the patent-pending rotary dial makes complicated push-buttons a thing of the past; ac powered with battery backup
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Ever since the introduction of the first and only 7-day alarm clock in December 2004, American Innovative has been logging feature requests and product improvement suggestions from our customers. Nearly every aspect of the neverlate executive is fully customizable. We've introduced the concept of alarm banks - three in all. The two 7-day banks provide two, completely independent seven-day wake schedules - his and hers for example. In addition, we've included a daily reminder bank. We are also pleased to introduce the first-ever preferences menu in a clock radio. Everything from the backlight brightness, to the alarm duration is fully adjustable. Wake to NPR news at 7:00am weekdays, your Saturday morning talk show on a different station and the buzzer on Sunday. There's no other clock radio in the world with this capability. Line-in, headphone jack and more - a powered USB port on the back accommodates an electric fan or laptop boom lamp. Each time you hit the snooze button the snooze time is cut in half until finally the neverlate executive won't let you snooze any more. You can even disable the tempting snooze button.
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the great features or you hate it because it broke.
In my case, this is the only clock I could find that has the "skip a day" or "skip next alarm" feature.
I have seen that feature on a few phone or pad apps and also on Windows 8, but not on a stand-alone alarm clock
like I wanted.
So, I just got done setting it up. It was pretty easy, although the instructions could have just a little more details to be helpful.
One p.i.t.a. negative that I have to mention is the problem I had putting the battery in it.
And, for the price, this clock should have included a battery. Seriously...
But worse than that; it was very difficult to get the battery cover back on. In fact, I'd say
it is a manufacturing design defect. The top is designed to slide on and has a little vertical plastic
ridge piece that is supposed to hold the battery in place. But the problem is that the battery has to slide
into the slot sideways and it sort of clicks into place. But if I let my finger up, the battery pops back out.
If you try to force the battery straight down into its slot, it simply will not go. It must go in sideways and click
into place. So, there's no way to hold that darn battery into place while sliding the lid on which will then
hold the battery down by design. I suspect that the engineers expected that the battery top would push the
battery down into place, but as I mentioned, it won't go straight down. What I did to keep it in place was to
bite a small chunk of toothpick off that was about 1/8" long and jam it into the side of the battery to keep
it in place by sideward pressure so that I could get that darned lid on. So, yes it works because I unplugged
it and replugged it back in and the time was still set. But, I've got this silly chunk of toothpick in there still.
Another feature this expensive clock should have but doesn't is an auto time set with automatic daylight savings time adjustment. My $20 Timex has those features. For a clock this expensive and particularly since it is so feature rich already, it should auto set the time.
I like the display. I doubt I'll have trouble sleeping due to the brightness of it that some folks complain about, but that remains to be tried. I pulled the shade, shut the door and turned off the light and it did not seem that bright to me.
I also like the radio reception. My Tiimex has an external wire antenna that barely works. It seems to always have static on whatever station I choose. This unit obviously has an internal antenna and works very well.
So even though I had tons of trouble with the battery and even though I think the company is ridiculously cheap not to include the battery, I cannot remove ANY stars because this is the only clock that has the "skip next alarm" feature that I looked all over creation for. I have been late to work a number of times because about 1/2 the time, I wake up before the alarm goes off. So, with my Timex clock and all other alarms I've ever owned, I had to turn off the alarm if I didn't want to wake up my wife or just to keep the alarm from later annoying me since I would already be awake. The problem is that every other day I had to remember to re-enable the alarm after the alarm time in order that the alarm would be set for the following morning. It was inevitable that sometimes I forgot to do that and did actually need to be awakened. Then I ended up oversleeping. I already tested the feature on this alarm clock. Just prior to when it is about to go off, I press and held the on/off button for two seconds and in big letters on the display it said "SKIP". After the alarm time passed, the alarm did not go off but the SKIP message went off. So, now the alarm is ready to go off tomorrow without me having to turn the alarm function back on. Frankly it's such a useful feature that I am amazed that I could find it on only one alarm clock in the entire galaxy.
I'll update the review if anything changes and keep my fingers crossed that the clock doesn't break in a short time as others have had issue with.
Update - I guess I've owned this unit for several weeks now. The SKIP next alarm really works well and exactly as advertised. I'm ecstatic about this feature.
I'm still very happy with the radio reception. I sort of expected the station to have drifted off and require adjustment by now. But, it comes in very clearly every morning; unlike my Timex with the silly wire antenna that didn't work.
I did lower the display brightness from the default "medium" to "low". Both settings act like a nightlight. The medium setting did not interfere with my sleep, but was just overly bright. The display itself reminds me of the one used for our house thermostat. I suspect it's the same technology and I can't really say much for it. When I'm in bed and want to know what time it is, I have to sit up and align myself as close to direct on to the clock to be able to read it. My Timex is readable from just about any angle. So this clock gets a "D" for Display.
However as I indicated above, that does not detract one bit from the 5 star rating just because of the skip next alarm feature. I think at this point the only thing that could make me reduce the rating is if the clock breaks.
Update - I was thinking about how hard it was to get the battery installed and it occurred to me that instead of the toothpick workaround, I probably could have slid the battery into place, then held it down with something narrow like a paperclip or nail file and sort of worked the lid onto it while simultaneously removing the item that was holding the battery in place. That probably would have made more sense than putting a chunk of toothpick in there, but I didn't think of it at that time.
I got this because back then there was a few magazines I saw and a few websites that raved about this clock being the best alarm clock out there. Well I was in need of a good alarm clock for college, and my summer job. I looked for reviews on the internet through google and such and found out all its little features.
I would say right off the bat I was impressed. It had a lot of stuff I was in need of. Setting each days alarm time, you could set naps for if you didn't want to sleep all day but needed a rest, had a blue back light (instead of the previous alarm clock I had which was always on and bright red), ect.
Unfortunately I would say a few months after getting it a problem started to arise. I would wake up a few times a month and be late for classes at my college. I didn't give it much thought because I did this before with my old clock where the alarm would go off and I would be just awake enough to turn it off and then fall back asleep. Well later on I noticed that it would switch on its own to another setting you can program with the dial ontop which was either set it to the day you want to set the time for or the other direction is to set it to "all off" mode which turns off all alarms.
Well during the day (and at night sometimes) it would automatically switch to "all off" mode. I would notice at night because I would have to turn off the back light to all off because it was to bright at night, and so when it would switch on its own it would light up for a minute then go out. I know what some people might think "your just imagining things."
However, this is not the case. There seems to be a faulty circuit or something (I have already heard other people complain about this). I would even witness it turn over to "all off" mode during the day and stay like that for minutes up to hours at a time until I manually switch it to "all off" then back to where it was which is on or over to the "Monday" time set then back to on mode. It would switch over while the knob was still on "on" mode. So you had to move it then move it back to correct it.
Another thing that I don't like is that the back light is much to bright at night. Even on its low setting (the lowest you can go mind you) its still to bright in my room and so I can't sleep. So in order to turn that off I have to get up hold down the settings button till it comes up then click on it till it gets to "glow" then use a knob to switch it to "off" every night. Then in the mornings, if I have time, switch it back over to high mode. This is a difficult process that takes time before bed in order to get sleep. If I leave it to "off" it would be extremely difficult to see what time it is unless you look really close up or hit the "snooze" button to light up what time it is.
The last downside I think is that if there is sunlight coming into your room and your alarm clock is between it and you you can't see the time so well or at all unless you get up close to it even when its light level is set to "high."
- You can set each day individually
- You can set each day individually for more then one person (haven't ever tried it but read about it, so if you have a spouse they could have a time set to for each day separate from yours)
- Blue back light instead of a burning red one that most old alarm clocks had.
- It keeps the date and the day of the week on the same window as the time
- You can charge a MP3/device with the USB outlet
- You can set actual naps with a button set just for naps if you tend to need them during the day
- You can listen to the radio on it and your MP3 player if its plugged in (I am not 100% sure about this though but I remember hearing about it as a feature)
- Has a snooze button for those who like to wake up a hundred times before they get up for sure
- Has a bunch of features you can use (can be positive or negative depending on how you look at it)
- The alarm clock will actually turn itself to "all off" mode (this is a HUGE negative aspect because it means it could turn itself to "all off" mode right before your suppose to wake up for that important meeting/wedding day/interview/ect.
- The back light is way to bright even on the "low" setting at night for you to be able to sleep unless you are used to a bright light in your room at night
- In order to turn off said back light you must go through a confusing, until you get used to it, and long process each night to turn it off. Unless you decide to keep it off all the time which if you do that means you have to hit the snooze button every time you want to see what time it really is.
- The alarm/radio button is on the top and very small for when you need to turn off the annoying buzzing noise.
- Unless you read the manual, and even then its still confusing, it can be quite confusing to figure out how to set and change things at first.
This alarm clock certainly looked like the best from all the reviews I saw before I bought this alarm clock. It has so many features even some that me and most of the people here wont ever use. Unfortunately only a few months after using it, it decided to get a mind of its own and turn itself to "off" every now and then. Which is not unique to just my alarm clock, a few others have reported this issue as well. Other reviewers have mentioned the clock just dieing on them or having to buy 1 or even 2 replacements over time because it just quitting on them. This clock has a lot of cool features I like but some of the downsides that could end up costing you a lot more then how much this alarm clock is worth at the time (40-60$). You might be better trying to find a different clock elsewhere. If you do decide to get this clock don't be surprised if some of the problems show up for you like it has for other people already.
For now though I am going to need to find a different clock that will actually work and one that I will like. Any suggestions for clocks you guys/girls feel is one of the "best" would be nice. One that has a lot of these features and/or more would be preferred. I enjoy being able to set each day individually as well as the blue look is much better then red burning light that most old alarm clocks had.
Back before I bought this alarm clock I was waiting for a new version a person at the company told me about when I asked about it through an e-mail. They mentioned a few new features that I was extremely interested in and was waiting for that. However, after a few months of waiting I contacted them again asking about this "new and improved" neverlate alarm clock and they stated there was no plans to create a new alarm clock. Either the person was fired/told not to mention it again, or they decided not go through with it. Either way it is a shame because the newer one might have had these issues fixed as well as the new features that they were mentioning and ones I suggested sounded like it would be a lot better.
*Original Review* (sorry I was still new at reviewing stuff so its not very organized) June 13th. 2011
Okay so I ordered this though amazon.com and it arrived on time. No problems really looks brand new and seems that way.
There however was a problem that started a month or so after I got it. The switch ontop where you move it to each day of the week, then the bottom grey switch changes the time. Well the white top switch even though its not moving and was set on "Run" sometimes on the screen it would switch to "ALL OFF" every now and then either for a few seconds or a few minutes for no apparent reason. I think its cause there is a problem with the circuits or something. I usually have to fix this by moving the white switch and moving it back.
I think this has caused me to be late for work and school once or twice (hard to tell cause im tired in the morning and don't notice). So this little problem needs to be fixed and unfortunately I don't think my "warranty" will cover it because I waited way to long to start thinking about contacting the company. As well as I think cause I ordered it though amazon.com they wont honor it. It appears some of the companies items are only on warranty and will get fixed after you mail it in up to 2 months after you receive which is the dead line I think. Maybe even a year. Idk ill have to look in the box at the instructions manual.
This company has been making digital clocks for a while and it seems this one was considered one of the best for its features. I hope I can get mine repaired or something without causing me to pay a bunch of money.
Okay now onto the review of the product other then the bug. It has some cool features some of which I, like many of you, will probably never use. Some of the features I do use is the fact you can set the time for each day individually which is GREAT! That means if you have a schedule that changes every day or just different times to get up each day then this works out well.
The USB port only works for charging stuff like a light or a cell phone. Thats all it does. I was hopping to buy their newest clock instead of getting this clock because at the time I contacted them though their site I was told it was going to be made available a month later.. then I heard a few months later.. then I heard "we have no plans on making a new version of the clock" and stuff such as that. By then I decided just to get this clock and say goodbye to my problematic clock I had before which had not gone off a few times in the past and was a glaring red light and boring wooden digital clock (one of those old style ones).
A problem I have with the clock however is the fact you can't turn down the lighting that well. There is only about 4 settings, low (still to bright at night which can cause you a hard time to sleep when the whole room is lit up), med, high, and off. Most people will need "high" just to see the numbers. If there is any sunlight in your room it might be difficult to see even with it on high.
You also have to hold down and hit a few buttons a few times in order to get to the settings to change the lighting. I have gotten used to it and know how long to old down the button how many times to click it and what to switch it to so that I can sleep right away in a nice dark room (off). If you ever need to see the time I usually hit the snooze button which shows the time the alarm will go off click it again (or wait a second or two) and it will show the time.
The back light is blue which is cool I like it. You can't change the color of it which stinks. There is also a radio you can preset in it apparently but to confusing to go though that. There is a nap button which comes in handy if you want to take a nap for like a few minutes to a few hours. There is also a sleep button.. not sure what thats for unless you want to put the alarm to sleep mode or something. Which seems unnecessary when you have an "all off" switch on the top you can set it to if you ever leave home for a few days and don't want the alarm going off every day at the same time.
You can also set the alarm to go off for only a little while or for a long time depending on if your a heavy sleeper or anything. You can also set the tone so that it starts off quietly then gets louder. There is only like 4-6 alarm sounds that come in the clock. Can't seem to add anymore. They are diverse though so you should be able to find one you like.
My one complaint though (other then the bug I mentioned at the beginning) is the fact they have so many settings and the fact that some things that you might need to use daily take a while to get to or you have to memorize how to get to it because its not easy to find. There are a lot of features that ill probably never use, but being able to turn off the back light easily so I can sleep in my bed without my entire room light up blue would be nice. Instead of taking 30 seconds each night having to hit the right buttons in the right order to get to that setting.
Unless you read over the instruction Manuel and memorize it you wont know how to use most of the features on the clock. I know how to turn off the radio if I accidentally turn it on and how to turn off the alarm when it goes off and all that however if anything else started up I wouldn't be sure how to undu it without getting the manual out and finding out how to shut it off. Its not like a remote control where you can kinda figure out how to turn the volume up and such.
They need to redu some of it and make it easier to understand and move around.
Oh and I thought of one other complaint the fact that when im woken up to the alarm clock I have to hit the "on/off" button which is this little sliver on the side of the top of the alarm clock to turn it off it should be a bit easier to see and/or notice then having to try and feel around for it. But its not that bad of a complaint.
All in all this is a better alarm clock then previous ones iv had. However, its going against an old 80's style wooden looking one that was old and all that. And a small take a long alarm clock you have to set each night and only has 3 switches. So I don't have much experiance with alarm clocks but I do know I researched to find the best and this one already has a few problems so maybe the alarm clock world needs to step their game up.
Sorry for the long review but I wanted to be thorough and explain each little thing just so no one would question what I meant about this or that.
I have contacted the company before I even bought this alarm clock and offered some suggestions to their newest one if they do ever make it and if they take mine into consideration the next one will be a lot better then this one. Such as different colored back light that you can change if you like and more but im not going to ruin the surprise if they do release it.
Pros - 15 alarm time settings. More if you configure the daily setting go off at 4 different times for medication
Chock Full of other features like configurable nap and snooze intervals, a radio, and more
Easy to reach Snooze button
Cons - Not the easiest alarm clock to set up - the manual is a must
Get the battery - you will know more about setting up the clock if it loses its settings
- but you will not want to do it very often
Alarm off button is small, must know where it is to shut off the alarm in the dark
Does not automatically adjust for Daylight Savings time