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Saitek Mephisto Competition Game Clock Pro

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About the Product

  • 4-way control pad for easy mode selection and editing
  • Two large LCD displays, with 17mm high digits
  • Large lever time control buttons with colours and lighting for 360º visibility
  • Time control buttons offer optional on/off for illumination and sound
  • 22 different pre-set timer modes, PLUS 3 user-programmable modes including Hourglass, Blitz, FIDE/ECU/Traditional Tournament, Modes, Fischer, Bronstein, Delay and Word Modes; Requires 2 x C (LR14) batteries (not supplied)

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Product Description

Saitek's new Competition Pro game clock is the clock you can rely on. Rugged enough for the heavy handed and advanced enough to have many timing features, this clock will meet your requirements. Suitable for a variety of games, from competitive chess matches to family games of Scrabble. Sleek and stylish, the large LCD screens display remaining time accurate to the second, as well as countdown and move features, etc. Simple controls offer 25 timer modes (including 3 user-programmable modes); Hourglass, Blitz, FIDE/ECU/Traditional Tournament, Fischer, Bronstein, Delay and Word Modes.

Product Information

ASIN B000WFCH4U
Release date February 10, 2011
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3.8 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,700 in videogames
#6,813 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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Product Dimensions 7 x 6 x 4 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Mikhail Koganov on July 19, 2006
I am US Chess Federation candidate master ( current rating 2188) and have been playing casual and competitive chess since I was 7 years old. I have been using pretty much every analog and digital clock which is currently on the market.

I consider new chess clock from Saitek : Competition Pro Game Timer to be a top of the line chess timer. It has all the functionality, yet it is economical enough to compete with other brand names like Chronos and DGT. I recommend it to clubs and individuals. It comes with time delay feature which is a must in Major US Chess tournaments (like World Open, Chicago Open, Foxwoods Open,etc.)
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I've only had this clock for a little while, but I've been very happy with it. It looks good, feels solid, and has a lot of nice options. It's not in the same league with the high end Chronos clocks, but if you're a casual player who isn't playing in tourneys constantly this should be more than sufficient.

While looking over some other reviews on other sites, I noticed that there were a few people who thought it a little hard to understand how to set it up right away. While I'm willing to say that it isn't 100% intuitive, it's not hard either. I had it figured out (with a little help from the user manual) in less than 10 minutes. After only a few uses, it's second nature.

This is the first digital clock I've owned and I don't see myself going back to the analog ones. The read-out is easy to see from all angles and is large enough that you can see your time with a glance.

So there you go. Consider this clock to be a good middle ground option between the cheap ones and the ones that might be out of your price range (or needs).
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I am a long time chess club member who has used many different chess clocks for skittles and tournament chess. Recently, I purchased this Saitek Competition Pro clock through Amazon. The advent of strong computers and chess playing software has placed the tradition of tournament games with adjournments at forty moves into question. There was pressure to eliminate the practice of computer analysis during adjournment. Modern digital clocks with time delay and multi-tier time controls allow limited extra time in proportion to the total number of moves.
All digital clocks that provide this level of customization require time to learn the menus and key functions. However, the Saitek has an advantage because there are dedicated controls for navigating the menus and setting the time controls in addition to the time control buttons. The Chronos clocks which are heavily touted as superior are more difficult to program. Too few controls mean that one must execute many different combinations using the same two or three buttons. Also, the Chronos is more than twice as expensive.
The Saitek comes with 22 controls already programmed and room for three additional user defined controls. The pre-set controls include standard controls, FIDE controls, ideas supported by Bronstein and Fisher, blitz games and hourglass controls not used for chess but desirable for other games.
Comparing the Chronos, DGT and Saitek clocks, I prefer the operation of the Saitek during a game. The time control buttons are fool proof, very positive and highly visible. There are options to activate small LEDs built into the buttons and produce an electronic "beep"to indicate which clock is running. Without the "beep," pressing the buttons generates the same sound as the traditional mechanical clocks.
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I just got done using this in a recent Chess Tournament. The first day was 2 hour games with a 5 second delay, no problem to set. Next day they changed the time control to 30 moves in 90 minutes with a 5 second delay, then a 60 minute sudden death. Took a minute to figure out but I got it set. It's a nice clock and it works well. I like the features of it lighting up when it's your move, of course I left that off for the tournament, and the sound. It may not be the best clock on the market but it works and does it's job for a very reasonable price. I would gladly purchase this clock again.
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The clock looks good and when it works, it is fine. But if one switches it off with the switch at the bottom, it gets into a frozen state after switched back. Only removing the batteries helped. So it has to be left on all the time. The programming is not very intuitive, but it can be done by carefully following the manual. It is still cumbersome. If one uses the same settings over and over, it is fine. The clock can be used to give advantage to the weaker player by giving him/her more time. This makes the game fun for both players.
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This is a standard in chess clocks. This is my first clock, but I've seen it all over the place prior to buying it from Amazon. It has pretty much all the features you need for casual or tournament play. Although I've only had it for a few days, it seems well constructed and the feel of hitting the buttons is the great! I don't know why other users complained about it being hard to use. I figured out how to use the preset modes and how to create, edit, and store new custom modes on my own in less than 5 minutes without looking at the manual and having never used a chess clock in my life! For those of you who doubt your ability to figure it out, it also comes with a manual that seems well written. If you are looking for a chess clock under $100 then this is your clock!
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