Timex T123SC3 Simple Set Alarm Clock with LED Display (Silver)
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- Simple Set direct input keypad
- Adjustable alarm volume
- Large red LED display
- Alarm reset turns off alarm and automatically resets it to come on the next day at the same time
- Battery backup maintains clock and alarm settings in case of power failure
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Timex T123SX Simple Set Alarm Clock with LED Display
This is the perfect alarm clock for people who change their alarm settings frequently. No need to advance the clock by 24 hours because you need to wake up at 6:15 instead of 6:30. Just use the top mounted keypad to enter the new alarm setting. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, just like the model number. The large 0.9-inch red LED display is visible from any angle and can be dimmed at night for sleeping. The buzzer alarm has both loud and soft settings and the gentle wake system increases the alarm volume gradually to wake you gently. The battery backup system maintains the time and alarm settings during power interruptions.
Battery backup maintains clock and alarm settings in case of power failure. The backup battery system requires two AAA batteries which are not included.
Wake to Electronic Buzzer
Wake to electronic buzzer alarm with normal or extra loud settings. Alarm Reset turns off alarm and automatically resets it for the same time the following day.
The simple set alarm clock has a large 0.9 inch LED display that allows for easy reading of the current time. There is also a high and low display dimmer control.
The SimpleSet direct entry keypad allows for easy changing of the time and alarm settings making this set alarm clock user friendly.
Simple Set direct input keypad
Adjustable alarm volume
Large 0.9-Inch red display with dimmer control
24-hour set and forget alarm with auto-repeat and auto-shutoff
One touch alarm reset button
Low battery warning indicator
- Brand Name: Timex
- Model Number: T123SC3
- Item Height: 2.21 inches
- Item Length: 3.94 inches
- Item Weight: 0.73 pounds
This is the perfect alarm clock for people who change their alarm settings frequently. No need to advance the clock by 24 hours because you need to wake up at 6:15 instead of 6:30. Just use the top mounted keypad to enter the new alarm setting. Its as easy as 1-2-3, just like the model number. The large 0.9 red LED display is visible from any angle and can be dimmed at night for sleeping. The buzzer alarm has both loud and soft settings and the gentle wake system increases the alarm volume gradually to wake you gently. The battery back up system maintains the time and alarm settings during power interruptions.
The Timex Story
Timex Group B.V. is one of the best-known American watch companies. Timex's U.S. headquarters are located in Middlebury Connecticut and it has substantial operations in China, the Philippines and India and full scale sales companies in Canada, the UK, France and Mexico.
The company began in 1854 as Waterbury Clock in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, known during the nineteenth century as the "Switzerland of America." Sister company Waterbury Watch manufactured the first inexpensive mechanical pocket watch in 1880. During World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which had only just become popular, and in 1933 it made history by creating the first Mickey Mouse clock under license from Walt Disney, with Mickey's hands pointing the time.
During World War II, Waterbury renamed itself U.S. Time Company. In 1950 the company introduced a wristwatch called the Timex. Over the next three decades, Timex was sold through a series of advertisements which emphasized its durability by putting the watch through "torture tests," such as falling over the Grand Coulee Dam or being strapped to the propeller of an outboard motor, with the slogan "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." With the help of former Olympic broadcaster, spokesman John Cameron Swayze, sales took off. The company later became Timex Corporation, then Timex Group and, to date, has sold over one billion watches.
The company has remained very competitive and the Timex brand continues its dominance through present day. Its primary market remains the United States and Canada, although the Timex brand is sold worldwide due to its ability to capitalize on its strong brand image and reputation for quality.
One of the most successful and important features available on many Timex watches is the Indiglo backlight system. Indiglo is a brand name of Indiglo Corporation, solely owned by Timex for licensing purposes. Timex electroluminescent lamps, branded Indiglo, were introduced in 1992 in the Ironman watch line. They were an immediate success. The Indiglo lamp uniformly lights the surface of the Timex’s watch dials in a manner that makes the dial read very easily in many different light settings. In some newer watches the Indiglo backlight only lights up the numbers, rather than the entire LCD display, which is achieved by means of a specialized film that inverts the LCD transmissivity.
Today, Timex Group products are manufactured in the Far East and in Switzerland often based on technology that continues to be developed in the United States and in Germany. With a large and varied line of watches, Timex has the style for everyone. From the locker room to the board room, there is a great Timex style time-piece for you.
Top Customer Reviews
It does everything I want an alarm clock to do, and it doesn't annoy me by being overly complicated. The numerical keypad is a great idea. If you often change the time of your alarm this feature is really convenient.
The alarm volume and the display brightness are adjustable, and there's a battery backup in case of power failure.
All this at a reasonable price. Works for me!
This is a simple clock which holds a couple of AAA batteries to keep the internal clock running should you get a power interruption. It is also VERY easy to set (if you should need to) using the keypad on top.
Nothing fancy - just a nice cheap, simple, and very low maintenance clock!
Years ago, I found a product with the Micronta brand (from Radio Shack) that was called the VoxClock, and it was microprocessor based, instead of being built around a clock chip. This allowed the designers to include a keypad for direct entry of time and alarm settings, and the clock also used a voice synthesizer to speak the time (a feature that I never used). This clock was great, and included multiple alarm settings and tones (e.g. for more than one person to use). However, the microprocessor firmware was somewhat buggy, and the clock's microprocessor would crash and require resetting far too often, and after resetting it was necessary to set times again and reconfigure it. I went back to a traditional digital alarm clock that has served me well over the years.
Still, I kept looking around for a replacement alarm clock that had the VoxClock's keypad entry of time and alarm settings.
I finally ran across a product designed and manufactured by SDI Technologies, a company in New Jersey that has manufactured transistor radios, stereos, clocks and such since 1956, under the names RealTone, SounDesign, and for brands such as iHome, Timex, Barbie, Hasbro, Disney, etc. This is a keypad settable digital alarm clock that goes by the model number T123, sometimes with a suffix such as 'SX', depending on which brand name it is sold under. It seems that the Timex version is the most popular, but they all seem identical except for some of the the iHome ones which apparently come with different case colors instead of the standard matte silver color.
But be careful......some versions of this clock are WITHOUT the keypad, otherwise looking just the same, and they set the time and alarm using the more traditional buttons that need to be held down while the time scrolls slowly. I have even found many instances (including on Amazon) where the description says 'direct time entry' but the photo shows the non-keypad version. Just be careful when you make your purchase!
And indeed, even though I purchased from Amazon on the product page used for this review (which uses the iHome brand name), the actual clock I received was in a Timex box. There is nothing on the outside of the clock that shows the brand, except a tiny sticker on the bottom. I opened my clock up (reason for this later) and inside the name molded into the plastic and on the circuit boards was "SDI Technologies".
Anyway, on to the clock itself. The clock is in a matte silver colored plastic case, measuring 6.2" wide x 5.8" deep x 2 high. The four digit red LED display is 0.9" tall, a large display compared to most alarm clocks. There is a switch on the side which allows setting the display to two levels of brightness, and I found that in a bedroom the dimmer setting is good. On the brighter setting, it would be better when used in a brighter/sunnier location.
Overall, the clock's appearance is pretty nice. The top inlay area is matte black, and this is where the keypad is located.
The keypad itself feels rather cheap, and the tactile feel of the keys when pressed is not the greatest, but I found them to work well enough. And it is not like they are computer keyboard grade, needing to be pressed hundreds of times per day.
The time and alarm entry procedure is very quick and easy. There are two buttons on the left side of the keypad for TIME SET and ALARM SET. You hold down the one you want for a couple seconds until the clock beeps once, and the display is cleared and reads only "0". Then you press the numerical portion of the time or alarm setting, e.g. 7 - 3 - 0 for 7:30, then follow this by pressing either the AM or PM key to complete the entry (you need to wait about 1 second after pressing each number key, as the clock rejects the time if you try entering the numbers more rapidly). The time is normally displayed, but you can press ALARM ON button briefly to show the alarm setting for a few seconds. The AM or PM status is shown by a red LED dot next to the legend "PM" that lights up to PM and is off for AM.
You turn the alarm feature on by pressing and holding the ALARM ON button for a couple seconds, and the clock indicates that the alarm is enabled by turning on a red LED dot next to the legend "ALARM". The alarm will sound at the same time every day. Next to the ALARM ON button is an ALARM OFF button that you use to turn the alarm feature off, so the alarm will not sound every day. As previously mentioned, to check the alarm setting, you press the ALARM ON button briefly.
When the alarm sounds, it is what I consider to be medium volume. There is a switch on the side of the clock to make the alarm quieter, but I think most people will want it in the louder setting, which while not really very loud is probably adequate to wake up most people. I wonder why alarm clock manufacturers so often fail to make the alarms louder, and instead opt to use relatively quiet alarms. I opened up my clock to see what they used for the alarm sound, and it is a small piezo element driven by a simple transistor circuit on the main circuit board. I plan to see what I can do to replace this with a louder piezo element, or figure out how to amplify it. But I think for most people the alarm is probably loud enough to wake them. I should mention that the alarm is not a buzzy kind of sound, but is instead a high pitched beeping type, and this might be why some (presumably older) reviewers have claimed that the volume is too low for them; most people lose some hearing in the upper frequencies as they age. The beeps start out in intermittent clusters, then the clusters become more continuous over time until the clock is emitting a regular series of beeps. This is a close to a 'soft start' alarm as this clock is able to manage. A large button at the front of the keypad acts as the SNOOZE button, and it works the same as practically every other alarm clock in this regard.
The clock allows only one alarm time to be set, so you cannot have multiple alarm settings at the same time, as some clocks allow.
The clock is powered from 120VAC and hence must be plugged in. It takes two AAA cells which keep it from losing time during a power outage, but the clock's display and alarm don't work from battery power; the AC must be on for them to work. Some reviewers have stated that their clock makes a faint beeping sound for the alarm if the power is off, but when I tried this I did not hear anything. Maybe the changes the design at some point in the past.
UPDATE, March 2014
After having this clock for a while, I realized that the number 6 key on the time set keyboard was not working. Up to this point, I had not needed to use this key, so I don't know if it was always bad or if it had failed more recently. All of the other keys worked, so I think it was either a bad switch in the keyboard or a faulty solder joint where the switch is mounted on the keyboard's circuit board.
Since I had thrown away the original box, I looked at the Timex warranty, which extends 90 days from the date of purchase. It was barely within this time frame, but the clock manual states that I have to pay to return the clock to them for warranty replacement, and also send a check along with the clock to pay for sending the repaired or replacement clock back to me. This would total about half the price of a new clock, not much incentive for having Timex honor their warranty!
I contacted Amazon, and they agreed to allow me to return it to them for credit (I would have to then buy another clock on my own).
I since have bought the replacement, and decided to 'hack' it. Since the 'innards' of the clock seem to be of decent quality, I am considering placing the clock in a nicer case, with a higher quality keyboard. The clock keyboard is a simple matrix scan type, so it would be simple to do this.....