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I had waited long enough to replace the monstrous CD Clock Radio which has sat on my bedside table for far to long. Since I have an MP3 player and an iPod, which I can use to listen to my music when I can't sleep at night, I no longer needed the monstrosity that used to sit next to my bed. I invested in this little Bush Clock Radio and I am really pleased with it, I'll tell you why.
~Bush Clock Radio~
For starters, I love the way this little clock radio looks, it's dome shaped and quite small, its measurements are H 6.1, W 15, D 15cm. It's also quite lightweight, well it is in comparison to the CD clock radio I was using. It has a compartment in the bottom for a back up battery, I believe it takes a 9 volt battery which isn't included, so you would have to buy separately should you want to use this feature. But I don't use it so can't really comment on the performance of the back up battery. I use the power cable to plug it into the mains and have had no problems with it at all. Along side the power cable is the antenna wire to enable my clock radio to pick up various radio channels.
The clock radio is silver with a dark grey front, It's a great shape with a clear piece of plastic that covers the front where the time is displayed making the whole thing totally dome shaped, although the display is set a bit further back inside the plastic casing. I like the way they have done this as no dust is going to get inside where the time is displayed, keeping it clear to read at all times. The LCD display is red, it's quite big and bright although not to bright that it still lights my bedroom up at night. It's just right as far as I'm concerned, clear and easy to read both in the daylight and in the dark. I only have a small gripe about it and that's the fact that the clock is 24 hour. I much prefer a 12 hour clock but I guess if that's how it has to be then so be it, I always got confused with the 24 hour clock, I still do from time to time. But it's a small price to pay as the clock radio is great in every other department.
Across the top of the clock radio are the buttons I need to use the most and they are a good size for me to press as and when I need to, I've had clock radios before where the buttons to set the thing have been so small I've really struggled, but with this one I have no problem. From left to right across the top of the clock radio are 5 buttons which are as follows:
Alarm set/off, Time set, Sleep, Hour set, Minutes set.
~Easy to use~
This clock radio is so simple to set up and use and I must stress that ease of use of a product such as this is important to me as I'm sure it is to many others. So I'm not about to insult your intelligence by writing a step by step guide of setting the time and the alarm. The instruction booklet tells you exactly what to do if you get stuck anyway. The snooze button is the best, it is situated on the top of the dome and is quite big and round and flashes red when the alarm goes off, I love this little feature and displayed across this button is the word 'snooze'. I can choose whether I want to be woken up by the buzzer or the radio, which incidentally is an AM/FM radio, the buzzer is the best for me personally as when I had the alarm set to radio. I just ended up listening to the music and drifted back off to sleep again. So I have to have the alarm set to buzz or I will never get up and besides the buzzing gets on my nerves and I have to move myself to turn it off. It's just the usual buzzer, yes it's annoying, although it's not mega loud, it's loud enough to wake me up.
~Something new to me~
What I find handy about this clock radio, is the fact the alarm will reset itself for 24 hours time, unless of course I decide to change it. I can turn this function off totally if I want by just pressing the Alarm set/off button. All very easy to use, I really appreciate the simplicity of it and I think it looks quite smart too. I personally like the look and feel of this little clock radio, it's exactly what I wanted, to replace the monster that used to sit next to my bed.
~Radio's not great~
The radio can be listened to without the use of the alarm if I choose and I can operate this by using the little wheel on the side of the clock radio which also shows a small frequency display. The radio is by no means state of the art and does sound rather tinny, there is a volume control that I don't set too high as it effects the sound of the radio making it sound somewhat lousy, but as a rule I don't really listen to it anyway. I just wanted an alarm clock to wake me up in the mornings and this little gem does so perfectly.
So yes I would recommend it, I'm pleased with it, I paid £9.99 for my clock radio from Argos and I think it's well worth it. It came with a one year product guarantee, I've had it a good few months now and it is still performing well, it appears to be quite a tough little thing as well.
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