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My bedside alarm clock is the Acctim Saxon alarm clock. I have always used two alarms (just in case!) and alongside my mobile phone alarm I use this clock to wake me up in the morning. As you can see from the picture, the alarm clock has a brass-plated finish to it and is in a very traditional design with the two bells at the top. The body of the clock is constructed from high-quality metal and features a clear glass lens for clarity. During the night I find it very easy to tell the time, as each hour marker and clock hands are luminous, meaning I don't have to turn a light on to see what time it is.
I bought the Acctim alarm clock ideally as a bedside alarm clock, and during the day I also use it to tell the time. On the back of the clock there is a button for setting the time and a button for setting the alarm clock. Obviously because it isn't a digital clock it won't give the same accuracy as would be desired, but it serves its purpose reasonably well. The clock requires no batteries as it has a wind-up mechanism. The dimensions of the clock are as follows: length 12cm, width 6cm, height 17cm. The alarm clock is just the right size for me and doesn't take up oodles of space on my bedside table. The alarm sound is crisp and clear, and it certainly wakes me up in the morning! I am quite a heavy sleeper, so if it can wake me up then im sure it will suffice for most other people too.
Priced at around the £6 mark it isn't going to be a top quality product, and although the clock looks great it doesn't feel great to hold. The quality isn't top notch, but it is more than sufficient for my needs. If you are looking for an affordable alarm clock then I would recommend the Acctim Saxon alarm clock as it is well priced and reliable.
This is a very typical looking alarm clock - the one you see depicted jangling in cartoons and very much reminiscent of days gone by in terms of its style and iconic appearance. In these days when everything seems to be electronic, it's refreshing to know that you can still get these old standard clocks - they've been around for as long as I can remember and although like most other things they have been updated, they are now regarded by many as vintage or retro.
We acquired ours about 2 years ago, when for no discernible positive reason, I bought a box of 12 clocks at auction for £5. I really didn't need 12 clocks, but when we got them back, we found that 6 of them worked, 3 were broken beyond economic repair and 3 others too naff looking to contemplate using in the house.
This one took my eye straightaway as I remember having one in my bedroom at home. I introduced it to the bedroom the same night, wound it up, set the alarm and lay back to drift off into The Land of Nod. Well, you will be way ahead of me now, because this clock makes a helluva racket. If it isn't tick-tocking, it's tock-ticking and it's one of those insistent noises that you can't get used to or ignore. The noise even interrupts your sheep-counting and you can't hear yourself think.
I had never previously argued about a clock before, but we did that night and although it lasted one more night, it was then banished to a spare bedroom and deemed to be unliveable with!
Not before it woke me up with a start the first morning, sounding just like that clock that goes off on the Dark Side of the Moon album. I nearly jumped out of my skin. In fact, it was the first jump I had had in a while and it isn't good at my age!
Of course, this is a wind-up clock and once you have set the time and wound it up and set the switch on the top, then it will certainly wake you with a start. It's all mechanical, of course, so there isn't much that can go wrong with these other than possibly over-winding. You have only one ring tone and that's your lot - makes it easy to choose.
Of course, although it will rouse from slumber even the heaviest sleeper, it will not work if you fail to wind it up before bedtime and fail to set the switch to the right position. You also have to remember to set the time accurately, for if you forget to wind it up, the clock will stop and will start again from whatever time it stopped at once you wind it up. This could result in your being rudely awoken at 3 in the morning.....and then not being able to get back to sleep becasue of the infernal ticking! Best to wind it night and morning to avoid this happening.
Ours is the traditional brass colour, but the chrome one is also popular and I have seen coloured ones as well.
As I said, we couldn't get used to the loud ticking and the alarm was a bit too loud for my liking so it is now seldom used. It looks great where it is in a spare bedroom where we have a retro theme, but it isn't often these days that it is pressed into service.
What cannot be denied is that if you get your bit right, it certainly meets the main criteria of an alarm clock - i.e. waking you up! For that reason and even though it isn't now in regular use in our bedroom, I will give it a big loud retro 4 stars.
As we live in a newly built property it's fair to say that we have had a few little niggles, power surges causing things to trip during the night and various other things became the norm for the first few months in our flat and it was for this reason that I spent £4.80 on this Acctim Alarm Clock, in gold, from Amazon about 6 weeks ago.
This alarm clock is around 400g in weight so is nice and lightweight if I have to pick it up in the morning. The clock itself is about 8-10 inches in height and it has two little angled feet that help it to stand up on my bedside table easily. The face is quite round with glass protecting it and it's easy enough to read the time with minimal effort and from almost any angle in the bed. The face of the clock is white and the numbers are black with black minute/hour hands & a gold seconds hand. The minute/hour hands have small green strips on them which are glow in the dark but I find these strips quite ineffective as you'd have to be very close to the clock and really strain to make out the time because while there are small dots by the numbers of the clock these aren't effective and don't show up, however, as I have the clock on my bedside table it's easy enough just to touch my lamp to see what the time is.
This clock requires no batteries as you simply have two knobs at the back, one to wind up the movement of the hammer which bangs the two large bells on the top and one to wind up the ticking of the clock. I find that these twisty knobs can be quite hard to wind up fully so I usually ask my partner to do this once a day and this is more than sufficient to ensure that the tick lasts for a full 24 hours before it needs winding up again. Also, with the hammer knob fully wound there is a good 15 or 20 seconds of continuous ringing of the two bells which is more than ample to get me out of bed in the mornings. To change the time the alarm goes off is nice and easy but there is no exact time like you get with a digital alarm clock. It's quite easy to guess roughly when the alarm will go off within a few minutes as you can see from the small dial on the clock face that you are setting the alarm to go off to a rough time. There is no exact science to this but it's quite easy to know when it should be going off so I usually just aim for 5 minutes before I want to be awoken and this works fine.
Overall I would say this alarm clock is very easy to use. There is no reason why you need ever replace anything on this providing you take care of it. This alarm clock has been dropped off the bedside table several times now and it's still worked fine each and every time. Apart from taking a few seconds each day to ensure it's fully wound up there is no maintenance required and you are helping to be environmentally friendly by not using another battery or two every single year. I am very impressed with how sturdy this alarm clock is and the fact that I paid under £5, with delivery, is one that I am very pleased with. We have been using this alarm clock for a few months now without any problems and it never fails to wake me up in the morning. The ticking is obviously quite loud but then there are a few clocks in our bedroom and I find it quite therapeutic to count the ticks if I can't get to sleep and I'm drifting off before I know it. The alarm bells ring out quite loudly and it's definitely enough to rudely awaken you in the mornings but sometimes a gentle shake or light mobile tone is just not enough. Also, I know with this alarm clock that it won't fail during the night or decide to just not go off at all like my iPhone alarm did recently so it's fair to say that I will be relying on this to get me up for work for many more nights to come.
I bought this alarm clock about a year ago in a local home appliance store because my 'smart' mobile phones cannot do without their nightly charge and the electric sockets in my room are arranged in such ways I simply cannot place my charging phones on my bedside table.
I love its rather funky and attractive vintage look, the shiny gold colored coating, the twin bells and the tiny little supporting legs... It might sound silly but I have never had a 'traditional' alarm clock before and I find slight amusement in the technological contrast when I place my Blackberry 9700 or an iPod next to this alarm clock.
It looks good alright, but it also does its job really well! Solidly built but light in weight, the alarm stands slightly taller than my mug. The numbers are clear and well separated and can be read off easily even from a distance; the arms of the clock are luminous and give off yellow-ish green fluorescent light in the dark, which makes it really easy to read the time without the need of switching on any additional light source. Analog time and alarm settings can be found at the back, also the rather inconveniently placed On & Off switch of the alarm clock, and the opening of the battery case (it takes one standard size battery).
I have used the alarm clock for roughly half a year and it has given me very stable performance, although I did forget to move the arms for summer/ winter time adjustment and missed some morning classes. The alarm is really quite loud, enough to wake the baby of my newly moved in neighbors next door (I'm sure they won't thank me for waking the child!), so I have stopped using the alarm clock a few months ago and gave it to my friend as part of the setting for a drama production, which I think is quite a neat alternative way of using the alarm clock!
At £4.80 (from Amazon UK), I think it is really good value for money. True it is a very basic time piece, it doesn't have all the fancy functions like radio and Ipod dock, but I found it stable and reliable, and does just what it says on the tin.
The Acctim Saxon Alarm Clock is a very sturdy, classic, atavistic re-hash of the sort of 1950s alarm clock you'd expect to see in early gangster movies. It is incredibly robust and has a really cool, almost Steampunk aesthetic about it that's very appealing.
It has an old fashioned hammer and bell function which means that this is pretty much the loudest alarm clock you can get for the low low price of about a fiver, and it never fails to wake you up.
They've thought of everything with this one. The clock needles are flourescent so they glow in the dark, and the numbers are very clear and easy to read. This is a beast of an alarm clock, big, fat and useful.
One small problem I have with it though, is that the back battery slot sometimes falls off and gets a little bit annoying to put back on. It's big but its balanced quite procariously on those little stands, and it knocks over quite easily. The main problem I have with it, though, is that the off button is on the back. So every time you want to turn off this blaring chiming alarm you have to reach for it and practically tear the back of it apart to find this tiny little button. It's robust and cool looking, but it does get bloody annoying sometimes. It's got some design flaws but all in all, it's a very good clock.
Acctim's Saxon Alarm Clock is well-built with a chrome finish, and although it is robust enough to take any number of knocks it is still quite light, presumably meaning that it is light enough to throw across the room and strong enough not to break, although I can't claim to have tried this myself.
The clock looks very attractive and has a large face (a little smaller than a cd) with numbers that are easy to read even with blurry vision, and it also comes with glow-in-the-dark dots and lines on the hour and minute hands and by each of the numbers, to allow for telling the time at night. The alarm is an old-fashioned design with a little hammer that that hits away at the two large bells either side, creating a very loud ring that is guarateed to wake up even the deepest of sleepers.
The clock is very simply-designed, taking a single A-sized battery and with one dial to set the time and another to set the alarm. Finally there is a simple on-off switch to activate/deactivate alarm mode, and though this is fine for setting your alarm it proves rather fiddly when it comes to turning the alarm off in the morning, being both small and difficult to find given that it is hidden away in a recess at the back of the clock.
This tiny flaw is the only drawback however, and the alarm clock is reliable and good value given that it can be cheaply for around £6-8 in most branches of Tescos. Reccommeded for heavy sleepers and those looking for an alarm clock that will complement their rustic/traditional decor.