MARATHON CL030023 Travel Alarm Clock with Calendar & Temperature - Battery Included
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- BUILT IN STAND - Foldable travel alarm clock with 180 degree rotational clock-face
- ALARM WITH SNOOZE / LIGHT FUNCTION - Loud alarm with snooze function, perfect for jetlagged travellers. Button activated backlight is gentle on the eyes while providing maximum illumination. Display remains illuminated for approximately 5 seconds.
- TEMPERATURE -12 or 24 Hour display formats with indoor temperature display in celsius or fahrenheit
- CALENDAR - Displays Month, Day and Date.
- BATTERY INCLUDED - Includes required AAA battery
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The MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock comes in at a compact 4 W X 0.5 D X 2.5 H, making it a perfect easy for travel size. While a compact size, is ideal for travel, the MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock can also be used as a desktop clock thanks to its large, legible display and rotating desktop stand, making it a true all-purpose clock. Featuring a compact rotating stand, the MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock can be folded away for ease of travel. When you have reached your destination, the MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm ClockÕs stand can be flipped and rotated 180¡ to sit stable on your desk or night stand, combining functionality with compact size and ease of storage. While keeping size compact, Marathon has not compromised any functionality of the Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock, displaying time in 12 or 24 hour formats, as well as an indoor temperature display with options for Fahrenheit or Celsius, and a calendar display for day, date and month. The MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock also can be set in 5 different languages, English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Included with the MARATHON Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock is an ergonomic one touch backlight function. MarathonÕs Travel and Desktop Alarm Clock uses a large, ergonomic and easy to press button to activate the included backlight. The MARATHON Travel Clock includes 1 ÒAAAÓ battery and is low power consumption to ensure maximum lifespan.
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Two complaints when folded: it does not snap in place (but is spring loaded in place) and seems a bit weak and wobbly at the folding pivot point, and the light button is still exposed and active, and can easily be pushed when packed away for travel--if this happens, the battery would wear out quickly (thus only 4 stars).
Overall, much better than most of the others I read about. After I use it on a couple of trips, I'll revisit my review and updated it if necessary.
UPDATE: This appears to be the identical electronics as the Brookstone travel clock I was replacing (it never returned from a Caribbean trip--not sure what happened to it!) Compared to the Brookstone clock:
- The Brookstone clock snapped closed (more secure). I added a bit of Velcro to this clock to ensure it stays closed when folded
- This one is easier to set time/alarm than the Brookstone one (don't have to remove the battery cover)
- For both, the snooze/light control is still active and can be accidentally hit when folded
- When unfolded, this one is more stable
- Both are difficult to read when the light is on in the dark when viewed straight on or from below (like from a nightstand)
- The alarm volume and sound is identical for both
Overall I still like it--best one I've found so far.
I do have one concern that may affect battery life - that is the 'snooze button'. This is the round chrome button that located at the bottom of the clock when it's in the open position (this is very handy for alarm clock purposes). This button also activates the light that illuminates the clock. But when the clock is folded for travel, the button is exposed. My concern is when its sitting in a packed suitcase - will it be activated from time to time and drain the battery prematurely?
I called the manufacturer about this issue and they were helpful. They advised that they had not heard of this issue, but also advised that the warranty is for a year. All that said, at this point - so far so good!
The display is sharpest and most defined when viewed straight on or at an angle slightly above the screen. If you're viewing the display from an angle below the screen, it becomes blurry and lighter in appearance. In a dark room, if the clock is on a table level with or higher than the bed, the display completely washes out and is not readable when the backlight is lit. The fact that the screen leans back on an angle when open almost guarantees it will not look sharp for most people viewing it. I consider this a design flaw.
Once I set the alarm, I wondered how to double check the alarm time without moving the switch on the side. I discovered that, with the left side switch set to "Lock" and the right side switch set to "Snz" or "Alm on", you can check the alarm set time by briefly holding in either the hour or minute button.
My big concern is the snooze function. Most clocks with a snooze feature will continue to go off after each snooze time is up until you physically turn the snooze feature off. When this clock goes off at the initial preset time, I hit snooze. Five minutes later, it sounded again, and I hit snooze. Another five minutes went by, alarm sounded, and I hit snooze. At that point, the alarm is OFF. If you're someone who is used to hitting snooze over and over and over, you need to know this alarm does NOT allow that. This should be stated in their instructions, because it is definitely not the norm or what most folks are used to, and could cause someone to oversleep for sure.
Once I use it a few times in real situations, I'll know if it's really worth keeping.
Re: the photos...the first was taken looking down at the clock in a dark room with the backlight on. The 2nd was taken looking upward at the clock in the same scenario. It was very washed out and hard to read...not good!
Update: after using one night, it's going back. I had it on a nightstand level with the bed, and during the night I pressed the snooze button to see what the time was. It was absolutely unreadable...completely washed out and all blue. I had to pick it up and tilt it forward then tap the button to be able to read it. I wonder if mine was defective??