Advantages Cheap, nice aesthetic design, fun novelty present
Disadvantages Alarm and time setting not perfect, disturbing alarm sound, annoying ticking
Waking up in the mornings is hard to do. I personally would prefer the Wallace and Gromit method of a conveyor belt system connected to a series of chutes leading to relevant rooms in the morning with mechanized robot arms washing, clothing and feeding me without me barely having to open my eyes, but alas technology has not caught up yet so alarm clocks seem the more traditional route to take. Knowing of my love for cats I was gifted a rather fun looking red antiquated style clock (well by today’s standards - we are after all living in a digital age) with a circular clock face, twin bells and little legs to keep it propped up. The centrepiece in the clock face is a hard-core looking long haired cat dressed up as a cowboy (The Cowboy Kitty) – I think the intended look was for one of cuteness, but there is a malevolent look in this cat’s eyes that pierce into your very soul and seem to say “I know your deepest, darkest secrets and I will use them against you…probably to wake you up in the mornings in ways you cannot imagine”…scary! The individual hour numbers are fairly big and easy to read in a wacky font, but there are no individual minute markers in between so you have to have a bit of a guess as to what the exact time is.
This clock requires 3xAA batteries which for such a small item seems rather excessive, but in actual fact as a standalone clock you only need to have one battery slotted in but if you want to use it additionally as an alarm you will need all three so you can decide how frivolous you are with your batteries depending on what you want from this clock. I have been using this clock now for more than 8 months and it is still going strong so no complaints in this department. Setting the time and alarm is achieved with a few easy twizzles of some knobs on the back. On the left is the knob which will operate the first hands of the clock which can move in either direction so if you shoot too far you can pull it back with little effort, likewise for the knob on the right to move a small red hand which indicates the alarm. These knobs are a little bit on the small size encased in small niches I’m assuming to avoid accidental twizzling thus can be a little fiddly to operate, so are probably best suited to thin fingers. The alarm itself is a little tricky to set with complete precision given the absence of minute markers so you’re left guessing a bit, although I suppose if they had been present they would actually have indicated 12 minutes past every hour which is an odd way to keep time, so could explain their nonexistence. You can also test that the alarm is working by pressing the Monitor button on the back which gives out a stilted meow if it is functioning within normal parameters.
I’m not entirely convinced by the actual time keeping capabilities of this clock though. It seems to vary from being on the slow side to the fast side and I’m constantly having to nudge it back or forwards a little to keep it in line with the proper time which is not ideal, and it seems to be worse affected if you are fiddling with the alarm, so if just used purely as a clock it is actually pretty synchronised with the current time, but once you bring the alarm functionality into play it seems to go a bit haywire.
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