Sony ICF-C318 Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Automatic time set
- Automatic Daylight Savings Time
- Battery backup ensures correct time
- 0.9-inch green LED display
- Dual alarm
- Automatic time set function
- Automatic Daylight Savings Time adjustment
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This practical clock radio with super big display for easy reading comes with two independent alarms--one for you, one for your partner. Wake to radio or buzzer to start the day on time. The ICF-C318 has a 0.9" green LED display, which is easily viewable from across the room, but takes up very little space on your nightstand. It hosts a number of features including dual alarm, extendable snooze bar, built-in calendar and full power memory back up.Battery Life (Approx) : Up to 250 Days (with Sony battery),Output Power : 120mW (at 10% harmonic distortion),Power Back-up : Built-in Battery for Full Power Back-Up and Power Requirements : AC 120V, 60Hz.
From the Manufacturer
Stylish Design takes up a minimum of space on the nightstand, desk or dresser. Visible 0.9" Green LED allows the large size numerals to be seen easily, even at night.
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Having two independently set-able alarms is a great convenience. I use one alarm for my regular weekday wake up time and the other one as needed, whether for afternoon naps on weekends or any time I need to set a 'house alarm'.
The adjustable brightness on the LCD display performs as described- on the lightest settings it's only clearly visible when the room is pitch black. This means that when one glances at it with sleepy eyes during those 'wake up in the middle of the night' moments, you dont get stabbed in the eye by green LCD lasers. On the brighter/brightest settings, the numbers are visible even when the room is flooded with mid-day summer sunlight.
A word about the radio- the programming dial is analogue, so those with fine motor skill challenges may be frustrated with the tuning process. This also means that there is a lack of pre-set ability, so switching between NPR, Country and Heavy Death Metal Rock FM will be more involved. The antennae on the clock is also not wonderful, in that unless you normally get a good signal in the room where the clock will be, you might get scratchy or otherwise less than 5/5 signal. Again, not a huge issue for me since this was not purchase to be a radio, but if you want to use this as a radio (in the kitchen while cooking for example) be aware that you'll be enjoying the best of 80s style sound quality.
I have not experienced the complaints found in some reviews: Mine keeps time as well as most other digital clocks I've owned, better than some. I was able to set the clock manually (Procedure is in the user booklet). My speaker doesn't make loud humming noises (Although I can hear a slight hum noise if I put my ear right up to the speaker)
I read a lot of reviews before buying this clock, and found more expensive models with poorer reviews, so at a cost of about fifteen dollars, I'm happy with this purchase.
The radio on it is also lousy - gets very poor reception.
I've kept it because it's sort of a curiosity - I cannot fathom how an electric clock loses time?! But, I'm logging on to buy a different clock. Despite it's obvious popularity, this one gets a big thumbs down from me.
I love that it has two alarm settings. I really love that the display lighting is adjustable and not too bright. I like the long snooze bar that gives me an extra minutes by 10 minute increments. The clock automatically sets itself straight out of the box. Cool. The size is small and fits nicely on a night table.
Things I am not happy about: (1) you need to shut the alarm completely off to stop the buzzing so I have to remember every night to re-set the alarm. I sense a problem down the line with this..... (2) except for the snooze bar, the buttons are very small and close together which does not allow me to easily reset an alarm time by touch only - you need to be fully awake and have the lights on.
It is a great alarm clock for the price. I will keep it until I find a clock that fits me perfectly.