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      18.11.2011 12:29
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      Great value, may disturb you if you are a poor sleeper

      It's small and looks pretty smart. It's easy to use: to set the time, set alarm on radio/buzz, it has sleep/snooze functions. The radio pickup is not bad, much less static than my old radio and easier to tune into stations than most FM radios I've used. Sound quality is a bit tinny. Other gripes: the power cord is quite short. It also makes a soft hum all the time, even when the radio is off: it's very very quiet, but at night I can sometimes hear it. Also the numbers shine very brightly at night, easy to see but so bright it sometimes bothers me as I'm trying to go to sleep, so I have had to move it further away from my bed. And if the power goes off it loses the time.
      Conclusion: good for the price! Looks good, easy to use, decent radio pick up. However, a few factors that remind you it's cheap: tinny sound, short cord, over-bright numbers and a soft humming noise.

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        08.09.2011 23:52
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        Save your money or buy a cockerel

        I bought this alarm clock because every morning I would wake up with the assistance of one of my children pushing a plastic toy into my face, or pulling at my arm like I'm some sort of Christmas cracker. So if the plastic toy abuse wasn't enough my then almost four year old realised that if she asked for a packet of crisp when I was asleep I usually answer yes and I know crisp for breakfast is nutritional and Super Nanny Jo Frost would scowel in horror but, yes means yes just like no means. So I went to Asda and purchased the smart price alarm/radio clock.

        Whats inside
        It comes in a very unsightly green and white box sporting that infamous font with all the extras missing (i.e no frills attached) typical of the Asda smart price range .I open the box and in all fairness I marvelled at this one. For less than £4 it looked half decent. Also in the box was instruction manual the attached lead and plug.

        The quality and build
        For a cheap product they've done pretty well. OK its not exactly up there with the best of it's time (no pun intended) but I have seen worse. The plastic casing is black with a slight grey speckle its tough enough to handle multiple falls from my bedside table on to wooden flooring. The lead is thin and flimsy and the plug is one of those huge ugly ones you usually get with the Christmas tree lights (why am i using Christmas references so much?, must be on my mind only 15 weeks ) the front display screen is a clear plastic and although they may have saved some pennies, it is solid enough.

        The display and functions
        This is a radio/alarm clock so its self explanatory isn't it? You can chose to have your alarm on four different setting these are alarm, radio, clock and off.
        The clock has a bright red led display easily adjustable by holding one button and presetting with another is very basic but effective.
        The radio both am/FM are unbelievably the biggest pile of poo I have come across in a long time. To select a station use the manual tuner and display screen this is easy enough to operate. Finding a station that works is another matter it's like hunting for a polar bear in the Sharia (uneducated ? answer is desert). The minute you step away it turns into the noisiest bit of nothing I've ever heard. I can't walk around my bedroom as it interferes with the signal it's tedious to set and is unsociable. Although if you lie down and pose still, then you'd be fine.
        The alarm function works brilliant for me. Setting the time is easily by holding one button and presetting. The alarm is a constant beeping noise, I hear this fine and have had no problems where as my partner a hibernating bear won't hear it. I actually left this alarm beeping for twenty minutes to see if he would eventually wake up and I was sick of the noise and turned it of myself (he was conscious and no he wasn't highly intoxicated with anything other lots of human gas). Hence the review headline this "could cost you your job" if like my man you sleep like a hibernating mammal then you will problery be late three times a week. Well hey, look on the bright side you could proberly sue Asda and claim your lost earnings God what a wondrous world we live in.

        Verdict
        Its cheap and doesn't look that bad it's a good alarm but not for heavy sleepers. Has a pathetic radio but tells the time. It served its purpose for me but I would not recommend it or buy it again if i had to. I give it a 2/5 stars its a clock that beeps and not alot else. Buy a cockerel instead at lest that will annoy those neighbours you don't love as much.

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        02.08.2011 16:50
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        I've had a Radio Alarm Clock ever since I can remember - probably since I was about 12, and before that I had 1 of those annoying Bell ones that hit the bell with the little hammer thing - but it was My Little Pony, so that was kinda cool (yeah, when I was about 9!). Anway radio was the way to go in my eyes, and I had the same Radio alarm for a good while, but it just went wonky, so I picked this one up.

        I got this for a few different reason. 1. Asda was open at the time of night when I went looking for 1, 2. The price was good and 3. I thought it looked alright. I think there was only a choice of this one and another 1 in the shop anway and the other 1 was a good bit more expensive. This little Radio Alarm cost me a whole £4.97.

        The box for this is nothing exciting. Just the standard white box with the green Asda Smart price writing. The unit itself looks like the Dooyoo picture. It a nice enough shape, large enough screen and display and the buttons on the top are ok as well. The buttons on this control the volume, Alarm set, and to set the time for the alarm as well. The tuner on this is alright and although isn't anything fancy like DAB, plug your IPod in kind of stuff, what do you expect from this price of Alarm Clock.

        So you can choose to wake up with the Radio or Alarm Clock sound. I chose the radio, as the Alarm Clock sound is your typical annoying sounding one - like a grating electronic noise. Then again that kind of noise probably works well for an alarm as you just jump up to shut the annoying noise off. Radio music is a bit better I think.

        The volume on this is a good volume. You wouldn't want to play this flat out though as it would no doubt sound distorted and crackly.

        This plugs into the mains and the power chord for this is a decent lenght. It can sit on my bedside drawers easily without the cabling getting pulled - not that the electric point is all that far away from alarm anyway.

        I've had this a few years now and although it has lost the odd minute here and there it is doing a good job of getting me up in the mornings.

        If this is still for sale and you are looking for a good and cheap alarm clock this is a good choice. Yes, it may be basic and has no frills but what do you want from an Alarm?

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        09.06.2011 07:35
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        A nice, cheap and effective radio alarm clock.

        Ever since I have been with my husband he has had a clock radio to get him out of bed, with the first one he ever had lasting him for the first 10 years of our relationship, though did seem to object being moved from it's pride of place (his bedroom at his Mum and Dad's house) to our first house together, where it promptly died!

        We have tried a bog standard alarm clock before, but found that while my husband was ok at getting up to it's shrill or bleeping call, I always sleep straight through it, so when my hubby has to go to conferences or nights away with work, he has to start calling me on the phone to wake me (it took him three minutes one morning, he wasn't impressed!).

        Knowing that I can get a good discount off products from Asda (due to my husbands colleagues card), I decided to treat us all a while back, and get him another clock radio, though was surprised by how much some of them were selling for, though with the advent of DAB radio, this was of course a contributing factor.

        After a quick perusal, I went for one of the cheaper options, I didn't feel I needed DAB radio, all I needed was a radio that had a loud enough volume to wake the dead (ie me!), that was fully portable for whenever we go away, and that was easy to set and reliable to boot, no pressure then!

        I went in the end for an Asda own branded radio alarm clock, as I have used there own branded products before and have rarely been dissatisfied, and as I am not personally a label hunter (though my hubby is!) a better branded product made no odd's with me (though hubby did say "on your head....").

        I decided on the Asda "smartprice" radio alarm, with it being a no frills, but to me quite aesthetically pleasing clock, that did everything I would want it to.

        This was easy enough to set up, as we have one "get up time" to contend with, we were able to set the time, and instead of having to re-set it at bedtimes, it automatically re-set itself once the initial alarm had gone off, so you had to actually turn the alarm off if you didn't require it in the morning, with there being an "alarm on" display on the clock front itself to indicate this fact.

        The clock was nice and bright, being a red LED design, but was never too bright to light the room, though our clock is situated just far away enough to make sure one of us has to actually get up to turn it off, without giving the option of snoozing it a couple of times!

        The bog standard alarm I have to say is pretty poor, with even my husband struggling to be woken by it, with there seemingly no volume for this, so we always tend to set the actual radio for the alarm, which is controlled by the volume, and have my husbands favourite FM station set "Oak FM", not only because it is local, but also because it seems always to be readily available, nothing worse than a crackly sounding station, and we have never had that, though it does come with a small wire ariel for added reception.

        The station set, and volume control are located as tuning wheels on the side of the unit, which is fine if you can tune them to your like's and leave them there, unfortunately I have a rather over zealous 6 year old who seems obsessed with buttons and dials at the moment, so have to set our settings every night, but even when he has been massing with it, we tend to find it easy enough to retune back in.

        This is a electric corded unit, which is reasonable in length, but we have had to add an extension cord to it (our bedroom is not set out very well, with plugs under beds and stuff!), I have to say I have never noticed if it is battery backed up, with this of course being the only downside to this sort of device.

        This unit set me back a mere £4.99, which I feel is fantastic value, it of course has very few extra features, but for the purpose it was purchased for it is ideal, it looks lovely with it's grey colouring and domed top, the radio works as it should, it's loud enough to wake even myself up, with it's only downside being the pathetic sounding alarm, though as this is not the feature we got our's for I am not too bothered by that!

        Thanks for reading x

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          06.06.2011 00:25
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          A good basic alarm clock at a great price

          After my alarm clock got broken I just wanted to replace it with something quite low cost. Seeing this product in Asda at less around £4 I decided to purchase it. I don't need ant fancy gadgets or features from a product of this type so thought this would be ideal for me. This product has clock alarm with an AM & FM radio.

          Taking it out of the box I was surprised by how lightweight it is. The product is black with red LCD digits on the screen. An instruction booklet was provided although I didn't feel the need to refer to this as I thought it was very straightforward to set up the clock and set the alarm. The buttons are clear and easy to use and the screen is also very clear and the numbers can be seen easily.

          The buzzer is loud but not too irritating. When the alarm sounds you can press the snooze button which will give you an extra 5 minutes or so before the alarm sounds again. I always use the buzzer as the alarm but it can be set to use the radio. I don't tend to use this product for listening to the radio either.

          The only issue I have with this product is that the display is quite bright in a darkened room. I tend to turn it to face the wall so that it's not creating such a glare around the room. This isn't a big issue though.

          I think this product is very good value for money. It's very easy to use and it's certainly been fine for me. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a basic alarm clock.

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            09.02.2011 08:44
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            Does a good job, badly

            When I moved out of home for the first time about 12 months ago now I had to buy a lot of things on the cheap and needed basically to start from scratch. So a lot of items I hunted down in the cheapest possible form with the aim of upgrading them once I got settled. One of the first items I bought, essential to waking me up ever morning for work, was the Asda Smart Price clock Radio for £4.99 and have had mixed feelings about it.

            First and foremost the design is very simple. It's a small, black device made from a hard plastic with the buttons on the top, tuner on the side and a LED display on the front. It feels very cheap mainly because it is, being very light and clunky and looks quite bulky. In terms of look and quality of the craftsmanship you get what you pay for.

            The first problem I had was how darn bright the LED display has been. My alarm is close ish to my bed but still the bright red LED timer display shines right in my eyes and usually have to turn away from it or angle the clock so its not directly in my face. No red for it to be this read although if anyone has sight difficulties it may help you see it unaided in the heat of the night.

            Secondly, the radio. Now my main period of relaxing is going to bed at night and listening to the radio for half an hour as I dose of and doing the same to wake up on a morning. This item uses FM and AM tuning with the standard aerial and is tuned in the traditional way. However, I have had problems with this and feel the radio finds it very hard to keep stations, it often doesn't give as good a reception as devices in the room with FM aerials and its very crackly and fuzzy all around. Even when you get a good tuning the sound isn't too great with a fine balance between the level of volume affecting the quality of sound which gets annoying. This is disappointing.

            The clock radio has the features you would expect, a reliable alarm which can be either the radio or a buzzer, a sleep timer function, snooze and is easy to set both the alarms and the time.

            However in saying all that the device has woken me up each day on time and its done its job. Despite the frustrations with the quality of the radio, and I have replaced it since, I cannot really complain too much as its basically done what it should do and if all you are wanting is c heap device to wake you up each day then maybe this is for you.

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            03.10.2010 14:51
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            Great little clock radio, for a smart price

            I was looking for a radio for my bedroom and when I seen this in asda, I thought a clock and a radio for only £4 couldn't be much good, but when I got home and switched it on I was pleasantly surprised.

            The radio is lightweight and sleek looking, if I had just seen it for the first time I would not have guessed it was a smart price product, it has a clock, an alarm and a radio with FM and AM, for £4 that is pretty good.

            The signal on the radio is strong and clear to listen to. There is an antenna at the back of the radio but I have not had to use this yet as I had found the signal fine. The number display on the clock are clear and big so they are easy to see.

            A small manual comes with the radio if you need any details or help.
            Setting the alarm on the clock is simple, there are buttons, to change the time and to set the buzzer or radio to come on at the time you want. There is a snooze button and a button to switch the alarm off at the top of the clock.

            This is a nice little clock/radio which is easy to use and simple to set up, if you are looking for a basic little radio, I would recommend this one, for the price you cant really go wrong.

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            12.08.2010 19:53
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            A nice, simple clock radio that is ideal for travel

            I was looking for a compact alarm clock to take on holiday, as one of my pet hates is not having access to the time as soon as I wake up. I don't like fiddling around for my phone to check the time on there, either. What I want is to look to the side of the bed and see what time it is. It's not a lot to ask. Still, I didn't want to fork out for anything too expensive in case it got damaged in transit or my case was lost. When I came across this basic clock radio in Asda for less than £4 I snapped it up straight away.

            The clock is not particularly fashionable or sleek in appearance, but it is discreet. It is perhaps a little retro, with its black casing and red LCD lighting. It is lightweight, partly because the materials from which it is fashioned are not the highest quality you could image. The front panel felt a little flimsy, but in six months has not detached or become any looser. You get what you pay for, however.

            The display screen is large enough so that you do not have to squint to view the numbers. Similarly, the illuminated numbers flare a vivid red against the black background, so in the dark the time is easily visible. This is not ideal for daylight hours however, when the contrast is less marked.

            The alarm can be set with a one-click feature, and it is simple to navigate through the numbers should you wish to reset the time. You can set the alarm as a buzzer or radio. I rarely use the clock for listening to the radio, and have the alarm set to the buzzer, which is loud and insistent. You can shut the buzzer off or set it to snooze, which will give you a five minute respite. Initially I experimented with the radio alarm, but unless there is a particularly upbeat song on when the alarm is triggered I find it does not motivate me enough to get out of bed. The signal is not as clear as it could be, but I found that positioning the clock on the windowsill aids significantly better reception. Even so there is some background interference and graininess to the sound, which does not make it suitable for long term listening.

            This is a basic alarm clock radio that is simple to use and easy to set. I would not recommend it for clarity of sound in terms of the radio function, but if you are looking for something compact and portable you will struggle to find something better for the price.

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            24.07.2010 19:42
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            Less Than £4.00 For A Clock Radio..... Bargain!!!

            This Clock Radio from Asda is a MAJOR bargain, I've got a wind up radio (random but... hey!!!) next to my bed and love it so all I wanted was a basic clock radio... and for £3.98 I got just that with this Smart Price Clock Radio.

            It literally is a radio, a clock radio or a plain buzzing alarm clock. It does those 3 things and more, but it does them good and has lasted about 18 months so far and I've not got any plans to replace it.

            There's an AM and FM tuner which picks up most of the stations pretty good, the aerial isn't the business so don't expect crystal clear reception but most of the time it's decent. Sometimes my sisters baby monitor interferes with it but I think that's when the receiver is plugged in in the room direct below my bedroom, it only affects AM and I hardly ever listen to that anyway so that's not something that bothers me.

            Setting the clock and the alarm is easy and just involves pressing buttons to change the numbers on the clock. The alarm always goes off and being digital it doesn't lose or gain time. The display is a nice red, it's not madly bright that it lights the bedroom up but sometimes I turn the clock round because if I'm close to dropping off to sleep it can be enough to just keep me awake.

            I usually have the radio come on to wake me up because there's never a madly set time that I have to get out of bed so as long as I'm up AROUND 8am I'm sorted. That means if a tune wakes me up I've usually got a bit of time to snuggle in bed and listen to it. If I know I've GOT to be straight up I set the buzzer but try not to do that too much because it comes on too loud and is a bit of a shock early in the morning!

            There's a snooze button that stops the alarm for a few minute, I don't actually know how long the snooze is on this clock radio but I reckon about 3 minutes.... might as well get up when it first goes off!!! I don't use the snooze much but he button is nice and big so you're not going to be fumbling for it. The button to turn the alarm off is huge as well and I'm glad about that because this morning bloody James Blunt woke me up on BRMB and I couldn't hit OFF quick enough!

            Recommended..... basic but brill!!!

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              06.01.2010 20:04
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              All in all a fantastic little clock for such a cheap price.

              I picked this up the other day as I had wanted a new alarm clock to replace my old and slightly yellowing one (which stuck out like a sore thumb in my newly decorated bedroom!)
              This was only £4 but looked like a nice, sleek clock which wouldn't take up too much room on the bedside table.
              Obviously, being in the Smart Price range it's a very basic model- you get a clock, am/fm radio and a choice of being woken by buzzer or radio alarm.
              No cd player/ ipod dock/ fancy gimmicks here, but if that's what you're after I doubt you'd be considering a Smart Price model.
              I'm pretty impressed with this clock- the alarm is loud enough without being head-splitting, there's a sleep button and snooze button (9 minutes of extra sleep- lovely!).
              Most of all though I'm impressed with the radio- much clearer reception than my last clock, and I haven't even unwound the antenna wire like they recommend in the manual. Speaking of the manual, it's clear, concise and very easy to use.
              The only downside I have found with this clock is that the time display is quite bright. Maybe that's because I was used to my old clock with white display which I could set to dim.
              The good points definitely make up for this little gripe though.

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