Product Type: Marks & Spencer gadgets
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Great Little Time Keeper!
Marks and Spencer Mini Twin Bell Alarm Clock
Member Name: writeallnight
Marks and Spencer Mini Twin Bell Alarm Clock
Advantages: keeps time well, alarm works well, glow in the dark hands!
Disadvantages: breaks easily when dropped
I've always had an obsession with clocks. It sounds strange, I know, but I've always had to have at least three different clocks in my bedroom (and most other rooms too, for that matter!) at any one time. And, of course, the time is also displayed on my mobile which is never far from my side, so technically you could probably say I have four.
Having already purchased a larger, similar, alarm clock to this one (it was black, and about the size of a small dinner plate), when I saw this mini alarm clock in red, I just had to have it to sit with my larger black one. Now, admittedly, the larger black one was really rather different in design, and even the clock face wasn't the same, but I still thought it would be cute to have a large one and a mini one next to each other.
This clock is about 8cm x 5cm, and probably a couple of centimetres deep, so it's not very big at all. I'd say it's about a quarter of the size of my other one, to be honest. The design on the clock face is a Quartz analogue clock, which are known for making high quality clock faces. The hands are glow in the dark as well, which I thought was pretty cool!
As far as I know this clock is only available in red, but I may be wrong. This is the only colour I've ever seen it in, and a little research hasn't pulled up any other colours either. If I'm wrong though, feel free to correct me!
Having bought so many different clocks over the years, I have no idea how much this one cost, given that it's a few years old now, and scouring the internet hasn't helped me much either as it seems they no longer sell this model and neither does anywhere else, but I would imagine that it wouldn't have cost more than about £7.50, given I rarely pay more than that for a clock. (The larger black one did cost about £15 though, saying that! I remember that one because it was so much more money! Haha).
So, what was it like as a clock, I suppose you're asking? Well, it kept time well. Kept, being the optimum word. It was dropped on the floor (well, kind of thrown by my cat who decided it's loud ticking was getting annoying right next to his head, given he had decided to sleep there, and battered it off the cabinet!). Ever since, it has struggled to keep time, and often seems to get about half an hour behind over the course of a week or so. But, I suppose, the fact that I still have the big black one means that I can tell the time anyway, and I just ignore the time on the little red one now. It's just there to look pretty, really.
Since then it has also become almost entirely impossible to set the alarm. See, you have to set the alarm to go off four and a half hours before you want it to go off, and it'll go off exactly when you want it to. Well, for a few seconds. Then it seems to run out of steam and the alarm gets stuck somewhere and it stops going off. For me, this is still enough to wake me up if I was to use it, but as I said before, I just use the black one now.
I'll ignore the fact that my cat broke it for now, though, and I'll tell you about how it was before. It kept time well. Almost too well. It was never more than thirty seconds out, which obviously is a very good sign. The alarm was easy enough to set, just moving an additional hand around to the time you wanted it to go off at and it would go off right on time. It was easy to turn off, having to simply push down the button on the back and it would fall silent again. One thing I've often found with alarm clocks like this is that they tend to vibrate across the table if the alarm is too loud, but this isn't something that I found was a problem with this one at all. It stayed exactly where you put it, with the alarm being loud enough to wake you up without sending the clock off the table. Exactly what I was looking for, really.
The only real issue I've ever had with this clock (before my cat broke it, of course!) was that the ticking could be a bit loud (but I like the ticking noise, so it wasn't a problem for me, although I could see it being a problem for others which is why I've included it).
Overall, I would say that this is a very good alarm clock, provided that it doesn't get dropped!
Summary: Very good alarm clock!