Advantages Clear LCD display, Very Cheap, Wakes me up. Easy to operate.
Disadvantages Cheap plastics, Alarm could be louder, Radio rather poor.
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I like to have my evenings at home, and being a bus driver this can be tricky to achieve with massively fluctuating shift patterns. Thankfully, I finally got put on permanent early shifts recently, and rising from my pit at 5am is now a daily thing. However, as I enjoy my evenings, I often don't bed down early enough, and thus need a little encouragement to wake up. I use the trusty combination of mobile phone and alarm clock, and since my last buzzing timepiece got taken apart by my daughters, I needed a cheap replacement, and they don't come much cheaper than this Value range clock radio from Tesco. Here are my thoughts on this unsurprising budget product.
Tesco have a rather extensive 'Value' range now, from electrical goods to clothes to foodstuffs, they tend for the low income well with hugely varying results. When I buy a product from this range, I expect nothing special, making myself prepared for poor quality in every aspect. If the product has redeeming qualities, then that's good enough for me. Cheap electrical goods normally fail to impress or at least not satisfy, so is this mains powered Alarm Clock Radio one of those instantly bin-able products? Let's find out.
The packaging is basic as you would expect, daubed with the Tesco Value logo, it's a plain, white, thin cardboard box, with a simple image of the device on the front and back. No protective wrap is inside, it's just the clock and a small instruction leaflet. This could be an issue if dropped or thrown heavily into a shopping trolley, ergo breaking the contents. It's features are written on the box, and are helpfully translated into five other languages on the reverse. The cardboard is of course fully recyclable.
In operation, everything certainly seems to work as it is suppose to. The buttons respond adequately, better than more expensive alarm clocks I have owned, and the shape and size of said buttons in according to the product. Nice to see a large snooze button, which gives the usual 8 to 10 minutes of 'going to be late' time. Fit for purpose then, as this will get regularly and needlessly used! The side switches work well too, easy to operate, and again being a tad mis-fitting and clunky. The display is clearly the best feature of the clock, with large clear LED numbers that are fully readable at all, er, times. Setting the time, changing the alarm time and other features is simplicity itself, as it should be. Onto it's audible qualities, we have a double edged sword. The radio, for want of a better phrase is poor to say the least. Distorted volume, dodgy reception and a fiddly control wheel makes for a somewhat pointless radio. I just found my most listened too AM station, and left it at that. The alarm, to my approval, is good in volume and very annoying! Some people may hate this, but like this as I have said, for me this is a good thing. The crappier tone of the sound, the more likely your are to want to get up. Just don't hit it with a fist however, as the plastics just won't tolerate it.A few other things to mention are the fact that you cannot change the display from 24 hour clock to 12 hour clock, so if you are to buy this, make sure you know what 16.00 means outside of the military services. There is also a handy battery back up facility, which if you are a traveller is rather handy. It will keep your settings if you unplug it, something which I find is always a good thing.
If you pay £5.97 for an alarm clock radio, don't expect it to make a cup of tea for you whilst playing Barber's 'Adagio for Strings', and that's my take on this. Cheap plastics, shoddy but functional buttons, a poor radio but with a good bold clock display and an alarm that will help you to jump out of your slumber, this is not as bad as the price would suggest. It's got many faults of course, but it's not the worst looking clock you could have perched on your bedside, but more importantly, it does the job just well enough to justify scrimping on a few pounds for a better quality alarm clock radio. Not great by any means, but not totally bad for the small cost you pay.Low quality time, but at least it wakes you up.
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
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