Rated 2 out of
Was this the designer's "Blaze of Glory" before quitting?
Save your money. I'm always skeptical of 1 & 5 star ratings so I gave this two stars hoping more people read it before wasting their money.
PROS: Large display with choice between Light and Dim and this justified my 2 stars. This is the reason why I bought it, but I didn't realize all the drawbacks until it was received.
CONS? UGH... let me count the ways:
1) CONTROLS. All controls come from seven rice kernel size buttons, all the same size, same shape, all in a line and all on top of the display where they're unidentifiable unless looking down on it and have light to read them. Philips, did you realize people view this from eye level when waking up? WOW! BRILLIANT!
2) DISPLAY. Blinking colon on the display. Solved by using bits of electrical tape over it.
3) VOLUME. When turned on it's preset by Philips and is always LOUD. There is no way to change the default so the radio must always be manually adjusted.
4) VOLUME #2. Even on softest setting it's still too loud.
5) PRESET STATIONS. How do you erase a station that you incorrectly preset? Can't even find an answer to this either.
6) PRESEST STATIONS #2. To change stations through the presets you must toggle through all ten to find the one you want and you must memorize which each number is. ie- As you toggle, stations are ID'd as "P01, P02, P03... ". It takes five seconds for the station to be identified before the "P01" numbers change to station frequencies.
7) FM only? My local NBA team and the university sports are on an AM station. I knew it going in, but was this so difficult or expensive that AM should be eliminated? Philips cut corners.
And my #1 complaint?...
8) It's hard to comprehend that a product is designed this way. The radio volume on the wake alarm is preset LOUD by the factory. THERE IS NO WAY TO CHANGE IT to default to a lower volume. There is a DIY workaround on YouTube for dismantling the clock and soldering in a diode. Maybe Philips will reimburse me for a soldering set?
I'm not sure what century this was designed in, but modern electronics are designed to at least be minimally configurable to users' preferences. Philips failed. All around this Philips product is one of the more terrible designs of an electronics product that I've encountered.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 1 out of
Too complicated and a big disappointment.
I expected better from Philips having owned other products of theirs over the years and was looking forward to our new alarm clock, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this one wasn’t even made by them. This is by far the most complicated alarm clock that I’ve ever owned. We used it once and the next day it didn’t work so it had to be set up again, my wife put it back in the box and plugged our old one back in which has worked for over ten years and can be set up without an instruction manual. If I could give it a minus rating I would do, if you are unfortunate enough to own one of these do not lose the instruction book because the clock is useless without it.
Date published: 2018-09-18
Rated 4 out of
A great bedside clock
I like the clock display size and colour, and that it can be dimmed for night use. (Preferred colour compared to a red display) The audio quality is disappointing. (I would like to be able to plug into an external speaker, but no speaker jack) Tuning and setup is okay - I need to be able to find the user manual leaflet, and then satisfactory.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 1 out of
No volume control on alarm setting
I bought this mainly because I wanted digital station setting. That part works great, however, there is no volume control on the alarm clock. I like waking up to a radio, but not a blaring radio! It starts off soft but then gets louder and louder until I shut it off. Hate this feature and it cannot be modified!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 2 out of
Good Display....Poor Design
Not sure if Philips actually performed user testing on this clock radio before releasing the product - our user feedback is as follows:
a) Good size display but the low brightness setting should be lower at night (ideally automatic brightness control based on ambient lighting),
b) When the radio is used as the alarm it is not possible to set your desired wake up radio volume - the Philips fixed setting is too loud for us,
c) The alarm snooze feature does not have a fixed duration of 9 minutes as per the manual - the duration is random but so far less than or equal to 9 minutes. Very frustrating,
d) The flashing time colon is a bit anoying,
e) When you turn on the radio manually the volume should stay at the last used volume - not default to a Philips fixed initial volume as occurs,
f) Selecting a pre-set radio station is anoying if you can't remember which station you assigned to which preset - better if the display immediately showed the actual station frequency (not preset number then frequency as currently occurs),
g) It is hard to find the correct button to press when lying in bed half awake & in the dark...the buttons should have some 'bumps' on them so that you can feel which button is appropriate eg. Alarm 1 button: 1 bump, Alarm 2 button: 2 bumps,
We purchase two of these clock radios and replaced one thinking we had a bad batch but alas the above problems are consistent. We are looking for an alternative better designed clock radio. Hope the above review is helpful.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 1 out of
The issues already stated concerning volume problems should have Phillips yanking them from the shelves. Sound is great, wasn't too hard to set it up. But having so little adjustability with the sound is causing me to return it for a more thought out model.
Sure, I'll get my money back, but who pays me for the time involved to discover such an inferior product? I'll tell you who, another manufacturer who brings me a good product above my expectations and makes this loss worth the effort. That will pay me back, and Phillips loses in the end.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 4 out of
Nice looking clock radio
This is an attractive product, with a big, clear display. Brightness can easily be adjusted to suit. Radio is FM as described, so, as always, good reception is needed to get the best out of it. The ability to set two alarms is very useful, especially as each can be set to buzzer or radio activation. Alarm starts very quietly, then gradually increases. Sound sleepers may wish the volume at maximum to be a little higher! Batteries for the battery backup are, surprisingly, not provided. Two AAA size ones are needed. Note that the battery backup will retain the time and any alarm settings, but should mains power still be off when alarm activation is expected, this will not happen. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 3 out of
Looks good but is difficult to use
The large numerals are very easy to read and it is a handsome design. But setup of time, alarm and preset stations is not intuitive so you must carefully read the instructions. These instructions are not well written and incomplete, e.g. Standby mode is not described nor how to get into Standby mode. But once you learn these procedures setup is reasonably logical though not user friendly. And the buttons are far too small for touch use, e.g. at night. The low brightness setting could be a little dimmer but its okay. The colon never stops blinking which is quite disturbing when trying to sleep (and pointless from a design perspective). The radio sound is muffled and of poor quality even with the aerial fully extended and stations correctly tuned. I cannot recommend this alarm clock.
Date published: 2015-07-07