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Sony Dream Machine Clock Radio Model No. ICF-C218
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- Automatic time set and Calendar setting
- Automatic Daylight Saving Time / Summer Time adjustment
- Battery backup ensures correct time
- 0.9-inch green LED display
- Easy alarm setting, Extendable Snooze
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- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: ICFC218BLACK
- Tuner Technology: Analog
- Power Source Type: 120V, 60Hz
- Item Height: 2.54 inches
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Top Customer Reviews
All the important features - battery backup, automatic time synch, intuitive alarm setting, good (but gentle on the eyes) time visibility.
There's a dual alarm version available for a few bucks more too.
We liked this one enough to buy another for our guest bedroom - guests won't be befuddled by this model...
BTW, radio isn't high fidelity but its not bad, a good Sony quality product.
UPDATE 10/28/09: Two years down the road and the two of these radios we bought are still going strong. One of the things I failed to mention in the original review was that this unit does NOT, repeat, does NOT have a power brick - just a nice old fashioned wall plug on a wire - sweet. I take note of the comment by others about the intensity (or lack thereof) of the clock LED. Myself, and upon further inquiry, my wife find the intensity to be 'just right'. Perhaps there is some variation in the units or maybe its just a matter of your sleeping environment. We're former Sierra Nevada 'country' folks who now live on the edge of a small Ohio town. Between the street light, the neighbor's lights, the wifi router and a couple of those green 'limelite' nightlights we DO have sufficient ambient light at night to move around without stubbing the old toes. BTW, I've dropped both of our units more than once, and accidentally kicked one across our guest suite - no discernable damage. Oh yes, the wife says that they'd show the dust less if they were white.
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It has a battery backup provided by a CR2032 battery and the clock is preset with the correct EST time. Just plug it in and you're good to go. If you live in another time zone, it's a simple matter to adjust the time zone to your zone by using the time zone button on the top of the unit.
I like that the FM antenna is within the power cord. There is no extra wire hanging out of the back of the unit like so many other clock radios seem to have.
Sound quality is quite decent given the small size of the radio. I also felt that the non-digital tuning was good and did not have any problems finding and locking in stations to listen to.
The alarm is nice in that it has a gradual ramping up of urgency. I find alarms quite obnoxious and an alarm that starts off slowly is preferred. That's what this alarm does and as more time elapses, it speeds up the frequency of beeps giving you plenty of time to turn it off before it reaches "full speed."
It's a great value and I like it. The only thing I would wish for is a display that has a setting to adjust the brightness.
By the way, I found this at WalMart for just slightly under $10.
for this price this is a great product..and oh yes huge green lights for the display and many more features...wake up to the radio or the buzzer...
The problem with the unit, and it is a serious one, is the brightness of the display. Of the other two reviewers who've rated the ICF-C218 at three stars, curiously one complains that the display is too dim and the other that it is too bright. My experience agrees with the later. I didn't notice until I tried sleeping beside this unit, but once your eyes are accustomed to the darkness the nicely-sized display is simply far too bright. It casts shadows on my ceiling and was a distraction when trying to fall asleep; I was forced to angle it away from myself or face the opposite direction. This is simply inexcusably poor design in an alarm clock and is a deal breaker for me; I'm going to be returning my unit.
A more minor complaint would be the AM/PM indicator. Most clocks have a single light that is lit when it is post meridiem (or ante meridiem, depending on the model), but this one has two lights, one about 7 mm above the other, which indicate morning or afternoon. That's fine when the room is light and you can read the AM or PM text next to the two lights, but at night you'll simply have to remember which light is above the other one and how far each is from the top of the display.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
looked to replace my 80s Dream Machine.
Green numbers larger and BRIGHTER than the old red.
This is awesome clock. It serves us very well. Simple but work perfectly what you need to see the time, easy to change to day light saving...Satisfied with the order. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Thara Hoang
This is an AWESOME alarm clock! I've had it for 7 YEARS and had NO ISSUES until 2 weeks ago. The snooze button stopped working. This is an AWESOME clock. Read morePublished 6 days ago by David R.
I have been having this clock for several years. The time was correct when first purchased.
Time shown on the clock is off by more than 20 minutes right now. Read more
Because the description included phrases such as "Automatic time set and Calendar setting", I assumed that this radio was set via radio signals from an Atomic clock, such... Read morePublished 11 days ago by RFC
I read reviews before purchasing, that this particular alarm clock was too bright and too loud. I was hesitant to purchase because of it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by CJC
I bought this clock/radio as a backup clock in case my other clock/radio (which I've had for 10 years) dies at an inopportune time.... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer