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I love new gadgets, anything colourful and slightly unusual and I want it so when I saw this clock in Hawkins bazaar for £9.99 I had to have it.
In the box you get the clock, a mains charger and instructions. The clock is made of rubber making it very durable, I have dropped mine several times and it hasn't dented, scratched or broken. There is no backlight for the clock itself, the display is lit by the colour of the surroundings and I think this is a very good idea, it saves on power and the light is bright enough to see the clock.
On the bottom there are the buttons to set and change the time, date and alarm, theres also a compartment for 4AAA batteries. The actual process of setting the time date and alarm is easy, however the buttons themselves are small, soft and flexible and so move too much to be easily pressed. I therefore often had to use my fingernail or get my finger right on top of it, whilst this is ok for me it probably isn't suitable for someone withlimited mobility in their hands.
I used the alarm once and then gave up with it and now just use it as a standard clock, this isn't because there's anything wrong with the alarm as such but I am not a morning person at all! The alarm is the standard fairly loud beep and I prefer to wake up gently and so this didn't suit me, also to turn the alarm off completely you need to press one of the buttons on the underside of the clock, considering these buttons aren't easy to press in the first place it's even harder when you've just woken up!
There are 12 colours for this clock, one for every hour. You can choose to have the colours off or on. Off is self-explanatory, on has different settings depending if it's running from the mains or batteries. If it's on mains then the colour will remain on and change every hour, if it's on batteries the colour turns on when you press the top firmly and remains on for several seconds before turning off. I prefer to have the colours on and so leave it plugged in. This actually disappointed me, I would have preferred the colours to change every 5 minutes or so rather then every hour, although I suppose if it did then I'd probably be up half the night watching it rather then sleeping!
The colours themselves are soft and gentle and so are suitable to use as a night light, they're bright enough to light up the surrounding area and to see the clock display by but they aren't bright enough to keep you awake or disturb anyone trying to sleep. However, because the colours are so gentle they're not very easily seen in a bright room and works best at night when it's the only light.
Overall, I would highly recommend this alarm clock if used as a clock and if you're aware that the colours only change every hour. As an alarm however I do feel it has faults and so probably not best suited for use as an alarm unless you're the kind of person who can just jump out of bed and get on with your day - in which case, I envy you!
I had been wanting this aurora clock for a while and purchased it after Christmas. Taking it out of the box I was surprised at how light it was. I don't know why but I was thinking it should be heavier, thinking that heavier equals more substantial and good.
It came in a cardboard box that fit the size of the clock perfectly meaning no excess packaging. The box and instructions can go straight in the recycling once they have been read. The box itself shows you all the different colours that the clock can go. I didn't actually realise there were that many until looking just now.
The design and feel of this is very good. It is made of hard rubber but sounds more like plastic when you tap it. It reminds me of a harder version of the neoprene iPod cases. It is very durable so any knocks create no damage and spills can just be wiped off (although I would not try not to spill too much as it could seep inside the display). Every corner of the cube is rounded off so you cannot poke yourself in the eye.
The underside is where you put the 4 AAA batteries in and where the buttons are located to change and set the date, time and alarm.
Setting the time and date is easy and for this I was able to do so without referring to the instructions. You simply use the set and then the up and down buttons. For the alarm I had to refer to the instructions but you just use the up and down buttons whilst holding the alarm button. The buttons are not big at all and are soft so sometimes the numeral will not change due to not pressing it properly.
The clock interface has the date at the top in date-month-year format with the day underneath. Under this is the time in 24hr. This is the biggest bit of the display. Under this is the alarm time. When the alarm is set a bell is present in the top left corner. The alarm is a gentle beeping, but in addition the clock will flash in colour too until you touch the clock. This puts it on snooze for five minutes. To switch it off completely you have to press the alarm button on the underside which could be a bit fiddly when you are half asleep!
For the lighting mode there is a little switch on the underside with three options, demo, on and off. I am a little confused but as far as I can tell using the demo mode has the colours flicking through quickly. This demonstrates the 12 colours of dark orange, orange, pink, purple, dark blue, blue, dark green, green, yellow, white, pinky white and red. After a couple of run throughs it goes off.
Off and on seem to do the same for me. The clock will have no colour until you tap it. It will light up a particular colour and stay like that for 30 seconds before turning off. It has a different colour for every hour. Before I purchased this I thought it would stay on constantly but from what I can gather from the instructions this will only happen if you have an AC-DC adaptor (plugs into back). I supposed it would be too draining on the batteries otherwise.
Now although it is called a touch clock, a touch will not light it up, at least not a light one. What actually triggers the light are two little buttons on the underside that push in when you push the top of the clock. So a gentle push is required.
If you use this clock when there is other light in the room then the colour on the clock will not be too obvious. It really works best in a dark room. The immediate surrounding area glows in the colour. This clock is best positioned at either eye level or below because I have found that above eye level you cannot read the display, it is too faint.
Although you may think the lights will eat the batteries, the display is not in fact back-lit like other alarms so it wastes no power there and it only lights up when you touch it or the alarm goes off.
Because it is battery operated it can be moved around easily. I find this makes a great night light for finding your way. When a normal light is too bright and you need something subtle to guide yourself out of the room or to find something this is great to use. I just touch it and carry it with me and it lights my way for 30 seconds which is plenty of time. It is great how it is designed so that it will fit in with any décor. When it is just its normal white self it sits there unobtrusively minding its own businesses but comes alive and looks funky when lit.
According to the description on Amazon light and colour change can help bring a change to pressure and stress experienced today. I cannot say this helps my mood at all as it simply does not stay on for long enough! Perhaps if it was constantly lit I would find it soothing and relaxing but I certainly would not purchase it to help stress.
I suppose one thing that may be a problem for some people is that the display is not back-lit so you cannot read the time in the middle of the night, but if it is close enough you just need to tap it to see. As mentioned before this will not light constantly. For this you need to purchase an adaptor or purchase the night light version which is available for pre-order on Firebox. The back-light does not bother me but it would be nice to be able to have the colour on constantly but I appreciate for this I would have to plug it in and then it would be not be moveable and so I am happy with how it is.
I do recommend this if you use it as I do, as a bight and funky clock which can also help you see in the middle on the night.
I purchased this for £8.99 from Play.com but I know it is also available on Amazon and gadget sites such as IWOOT and firebox for similar prices.
I bought this colour changing clock for a little over 6 pounds from Amazon, obviously it's become very popular though because the price seems to have gone up!
I wanted something modern and clean looking, but a bit funky for my room - but I didn't want to pay too much - and I must say this completely fits the bill. When it's not lit up it's a stylish white cube, with a digital time display, and when you tap it to make it light up, or put it on demo mode so that it flips through all the 12 colours, it does look pretty cool! It's a great idea at an affordable price, that's the good stuff.
Now for the bad stuff. You do get what you pay for, because while the light works well and the time is accurate enough, the designers obviously skimped in other areas. Setting the time on this clock is a nightmare, as is changing the alarm time. It's all done with some very small buttons on the underside of the cube (obviously so as not to disturb the aesthetics), but the buttons are so small and fiddly and aren't sensitive enough so that it's not just a case of one easy click. You also tend to need rather long finger nails to even get the buttons to press down. Also you can't hold the button down and have the numbers just roll over, you have to press the button for each minute that it changes - time consuming!
The alarm sound is a standard, bone chilling BEEP BEEP BEEP, which I suppose one can expect. Personally it doesn't bother me that much, but if you're someone who needs to wake up gently forget it with this clock.
All in all it's a nice gimmick and I'm glad I got it but if you do have a bit more money to spend it might be worth getting something else that's a bit easier to use - unless you ALWAYS get up at the same time every morning, in which case you won't need to change the settings. This would be more suitable to teenagers or students and not at all to an older person or anyone who has issues with manual dexterity.
I'm giving it 4 stars despite the flaws because it is a lot of fun and it's super cheap. If it was a fiver more I wouldn't recommend it, but for the price it's fine.
Aurora Colour Changing Alarm Clock
Description: Manufacturer: Aurora / Type: Clock.
These alarm clocks seem to vary quite considerably in price, depending upon where you buy them from. We found ours online for just £7.99 but they are currently selling on Amazon (Dooyoo points?!) for £12.99 so it is worth shopping around if you want to buy, to see where you can find the cheapest option.
Our clock runs on batteries but I believe that you can also purchase a plug in version. The batteries last for ages though so it doesn't bother me to have to replace them.
As the picture above demonstrates, this clock changes colour. In fact, there are 12 different shades and while this certainly isn't a necessary function on an alarm clock, it is definitely funky and if you are a fan of gadgets, then this clock is likely to impress you.
The clock has a digital display and 4 buttons which are used to set it. The buttons are quite easy to use and full instructions are of course supplied so you shouldn't have any problems learning how to work it. You also have a little button to allow you to either demonstrate the colours, or to leave them switched on, bathing your bedroom in the funky colours.
During the night, you can see the time (without witching on the clocks lights) just by tapping the top. This is also how you switch the clock off when the alarm goes off so it is very easy and you are not left half asleep and fumbling for a button.
Overall, this clock is very cute and while you may not need an alarm clock that changes colour, it is definitely a pretty cool thing to have. It is cheap enough to buy and would make a slightly unusual gift either for yourself or someone else.
I bought the Aurora colour changing clock from firebox.com as I was in need of a new alarm clock, and this one appealed to me. Firebox sells two versions - the 'Touch' and the 'Nightlight'. As far as I know, the two clocks themselves are exactly the same, but the 'Nightlight' comes with a power cord, so it can be plugged into the mains and not run on batteries. This means that it can be left on and glowing all night without going through batteries like mad.
The buttons are very simple and basic - on the bottom, there are four - 'Up', 'Down', 'Set' and 'AL', or alarm, as well as two others for registering when the clock is tapped. There is also a switch for changing the mode - if you want it to be lit all the time, or only if you tap - then it lights up for thirty seconds.
The display is also quite simple - showing the date, the time, the time of the alarm and if the alarm function is off or on. It's very clear to read pretty much all the time.
The alarm function is easy to set - hold down the 'Alarm' button on the base and press 'Up' to change the hour and 'Down' to change the minutes. The time and date are also easy to set. However, I have found that quite a lot of the time you have to be pressing the buttons very hard, or at a particular angle, and that is hard to do if the clock isn't totally upside down.
The alarm is more than enough to wake me in the mornings, but not deafening. There's also a snooze function - tap it and you'll get five extra minutes of sleep.
However, the 'Nightlight' version was £14.99, plus P&P from Firebox meant that it wasn't particularly cheap. Altogether, it cost me around £20. The 'Touch' version is cheaper, but you'll have to shell out for AAA batteries.
Overall, I would recommend buying it if you like this clock specifically, but if you're just looking for a basic alarm clock, there are cheaper ones available. Due to this, and the minor problems with the buttons, I'm only giving it three stars.
Got one of these for my mum as she needed a new alarm clock so upon receiving it I opened it up and set this up (as mum is awful with setting anything new up even with instructions or if the item is simple to set up) and was impressed with how easy it was to setup as well as how nice the design was. The basic design is that this is a white plastic cube with one side having the screen and a light inside that can change to a variety of colours making the whole cube glow whichever colour you choose and this all worked brilliantly but the thing that impressed me was that the alarm clock was nice and lightweight, a good size and had some superb design features including the large numbers on the screen making it easy to tell the time and the fact that there are no sharp edges to this clock which helps to make the entire thing feel so smooth.
This alarm clock cost me £10 from find me a gift, it is a white cube with soft edges and no points adding to the softness of the glow it produces. It is very easy to use and set up, you have 4 buttons on the base which you use to set the time and the alarm time and a switch to set it to demo which is a 30 second demo of the colours changing or on which is continual light.
There are 12 colours on the alarm clock that all look great and each represent a different hour of the day, the alarm has a flashing light and beeping sound which is quite loud so shouldnt have any problems waking you up in a morning. It has a easy to read lcd display so you will always be able to see the time clearly even when half asleep, there is a am and pm alarm indicator so no chance of you setting the alarm for the wrong 5 oclock (yes there are two in a day) and an alarm on indicator so you will know it is set.
During the night you dont have to fiddle about for any buttons to see what time it is just gently tap the top of the cube and it lights up and you do the same to stop the alarm in the morning.
The only thing i dislike about this is that unless you buy the adaptor to plug it into the mains for £5.99 you can only have the demo mode on the light which is 30 seconds so if you want to use it as a light you need the adapter aswell.
It is a great little clock and a great alarm but the light isnt realy bright enough to do anything with it just creates a relaxed mood and soft glow in the room.
The 'Aurora Alarm Clock' is a time keeping device with a difference.
Not only does it efficiently tell the time on its large digital display, but it also acts as a soft light, chaging through twelve different colours.
The unit itself is a white cube with a base roughly the size of a drinks coaster. The front of clock displays the time and date, and also the name of the day in small letters. As the numbers are fairly big, viewing the time is easy first thing in the morning when you may be a bit bleary eyed.
Underneath the device there are four buttons which are used for setting the current time and the alarm time. The process is fairly simple once you've got the hang of it, and is explained fully in the instructions.
Below the buttons is a swich which can be moved into two positions. This controls the lighting effects which are the centrepiece of the Aurora's design. The first position is called 'demo', and when selected will light up the device and cycle through the available colours. It's a function primaily used to show what the machine is capable of, and won't be a mode which you will continually use. The second position, entitled 'on', forces the light on permanently - I would imagine this would be use if you want to read by the light that the clock produces - although it's fairly dim and you may get eye strain!.
The real beauty of the Aurora clock is the way it works at night. If you want to see the time in total darkness, you merely tap on the top of the device, which will then illuminate long enough for you to comfortably read the time. Each hour is will be represented by a different colour, for example if you tap the unit at 4pm, an orange glow will result. The same 'tapping' motion (or often in my case 'hitting' motion) will turn off the fairly loud alarm, which is useful as you don't want to de searching for little buttons to press early in the morning.
The alarm clock takes 2 'A76' batteries (button cell) to power the clock and alarm, and 4 'AAA' batteries to power the light. You can also use the power adaptor which comes packaged with the unit, which will cut down on the running costs. In fairness, if you only use the light on the product at night to check the time, then the battery life is very economical.
Costing £13.49 from Amazon, I would definitely recommend the Aurora Colour Changing Alarm Clock. It's a great novelty for adults, and may be also used to comfort children who are afraid of the dark.
In summary, the product features;
12 Unique coloured lights
Flashing light & sound alarm function
Large easy to read LCD display
One touch control function
Dual display digital alarm clock
Light on indicator
Alarm AM/PM indicator
Alarm on Indicator