Emerson CKS3528 SmartSet Projection Clock Radio with Dual Alarms (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Dual alarm clock radio with three-color time projector system
- Rotary tuning and volume controls; one-touch radio on/off switch
- SureAlarm battery back-up system maintains time and alarm setting in the event of a power outage; operates the alarm even if the power is out
- Dual alarms can be set and used independently
- Display month/date and year at the touch of a button
- Dual alarm clock radio with three-color time projector system
- Rotary tuning and volume controls, with a one-touch radio on/off switch
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- Brand Name: Emerson
- Model Number: CKS3528
- Item Height: 5.3 inches
- Item Length: 9.75 inches
- Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
You'll no longer need to squint to see the digits on your clock radio with the CKS3528 projector clock radio by Emerson. The integrated LCD projector allows you to project the time in large numerals on your wall or ceiling. Choose between three different projector colors--red, green or blue--and use the rotate button to project the image 180-degrees without needing to turn the radio. With Emerson's award-winning and patented SmartSet technology, the flashing "12:00" display is a thing of the past. The CKS3528 rotary tuning clock radio automatically sets itself on the first use to the correct year, month, date, day, and time. The dual alarm can be programmed to operate on weekdays only, weekends only, or all seven days of the week. Set the alarm to wake to your favorite AM/FM music or news station, or to the buzzer. The clock radio adjusts itself automatically for Daylight Savings Time and Leap Year, and maintains the correct time when the power returns after power outages. Getting out of bed will no longer be a chore with the help of the CKS3528.
From the Manufacturer
You'll no longer need to squint to see the digits on your clock radio with the CKS3528 projector clock radio by Emerson. The integrated LCD projector allows you to project the time in large numerals on your wall or ceiling. Choose between three different projector colors: red, green or blue, and use the rotate button to project the image 180-degrees without needing to turn the radio. With Emerson's award-winning and patented SmartSet technology, the flashing "12:00" display is a thing of the past. The CKS3528 rotary tuning clock radio automatically sets itself on the first use to the correct year, month, date, day, and time. The dual alarm can be programmed to operate on weekdays only, weekends only, or all seven days of the week. Set the alarm to wake you to your favorite AM/FM music or news station, or to the buzzer. The clock radio adjusts itself automatically for Daylight Savings Time and Leap Year, as well as maintains the correct time when the power returns after power outages. Getting out of bed will no longer be a chore with the help of the CKS3528.
Top Customer Reviews
A few things to note that I have not seen covered in other reviews:
-While this clock says it has a battery backup, you will not be able to see the time when the power is out. The only thing the battery does is keep your alarm active. I was disappointed by this, but it does preserve the lithium battery this way. Also, if the power goes out after you've hit the snooze button, you're done. It does not preserve the snooze and it will not go off.
-The projector has a switch to flip the time display upside down. This way if you have your clock on the other side of the room, say facing you, you can flip that switch and the projection won't be the wrong way.
-The clock feels really cheap. It doesn't really look cheap, thankfully (though mine came with some scratches), but the focus knob for the projector feels like total junk. It doesn't seem to focus much, either, the numbers stay pretty fuzzy. People with poor distance vision might have a problem with that.
- The radio sounds absolutely awful. This clock is replacing a clock radio I've had for over 20 years, and the radio on my old one sounds worlds better than this one. I did not have any trouble finding my stations, though, and I'm in a rural area surrounded by tall trees. The antennae for the FM band is in the power cord, if you're having tuning issues, move your power cord around and see if that helps.
- In a room with all shades closed, during the daytime the projector is not visible; they weren't kidding when they said the room needed to be very dark for it to be seen. If you would be using this during the day in a room without blackout curtains, or if your windows have streetlights or some such outside of them and you don't have blackout curtains, you'll want to pass on this.
ETA Aug. 30, 2011: This clock did not weather the power outage from Hurricane Irene. We lost power on Friday night and had it restored Monday afternoon. It kept the memory of when the alarm was set but did not keep the regular time correctly. I am glad I checked it before heading to bed (I keep the bright clock face covered) or I would not have woken up at the correct time for work.
The projector is new to me. It's not nearly as bright as I feared it would be (I'm a very, very light sleeper who is particularly light-sensitive) and it does have an off switch. It is great to not have to sit up and bug my wife to see what time it is when I wake up, but the numbers are only visible if it's a really dark room, which ours rarely is. Not a big deal either way, but handy when it works.
The alarm was a welcome surprise. Before I bought the clock, I had discovered a "smart" alarm mode on my phone that starts off with a very quiet set of whisper-like tones and slowly progresses over a few minutes. It's wonderful for someone like me - I'm up long before it's loud enough to wake anyone else in the room. But, I don't like having my phone there, because it also beeps with email, etc., and I don't want to have to deal with it. Well, it turns out that this clock actually has the same type of alarm, so that it starts off quietly, and works its way to a louder beep. No more being jarred awake by a screaming buzzer. Usually, I'm awakened by the subtle click of the speaker being activated, but on those mornings where I'v eput my pillow over my head, the progression of the alarm is great, rather than using a really quiet radio and hoping I wake up.
The radio is the clock's downfall - it's a dial/bar tuner, using the plug wire as an antenna. While our old radio was able to get our local stations in very well, this one can pick up 3 or 4 of the strongest signals, and that's it. I miss my NPR in the morning while I get ready, but for the price, I really can't complain.
This newer model has the right daylight savings time settings and like my previous one, set itself within minutes of plugging it in and me setting it to the correct time zone. I had tried another "Atomic clock" first but was sad to see the other clock couldn't even get the time straight. Not Emerson!! Emerson products are right as rain and very predicatable.
Whatr I love about this clock compared to my older Emerson is that it has a bigger face and readout, plus the projection. Unfortunately, I wear glasses, which I take off at night, so I will never see the projection, but my hunsband can if I turned it on. But even without my glasses, I can still read the big numbers on the face. Plus, this newer Emerson has a very clear readout for "Alarm1" or "alarm2" depending on which one you turn on. My previous Emerson just had a dot on the right or left so you had to check to make sure you turned the correct one on.
Thanks, Emerson, for making a reliable and dependable piece of electronics which I can say exceeds my expectations every time!