Product Type: Philips portable radios
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Philips AJ 3112
Member Name: slbhill
Philips AJ 3112
Advantages: Cheap and reliable! Radio or buzzer.
Disadvantages: The fiddliest buttons ever, and a very plasticky look.
Although I've had this clock for some time now, it still looks upside down to me! This is because it's slightly wider at the top than at the bottom. It has nice clean lines but is quite blocky and plasticky. As always with this type of product, the cable coming out of the back rather spoils the look (such as it is!). The cable is fine for where I use it but not particularly long (about 1m).
This is an alarm clock radio. You can use it as an (analogue) AM/FM radio which has a "sleep" function so you can listen to the radio in bed & it will turn itself off after a chosen length of time. You can set it to wake you at any time of the day or night with the radio or a rather unpleasant but effective buzzer. It has a snooze button which (as always) is rather too easy to use! The clock is digital on an LED display so you can read it in the dark. It can be set to 12 or 24 hour clock, and there is a useful little dot on the display to indicate whether the alarm is set or not.
The radio goes up to a good volume, and reception is reasonable. The aerial is a dangly wire out of the back of the clock, which is apparently very tasty (at least, my cat keeps trying to chew it!) When I had the wire just hanging down the radio had a tendency to pick up a different station in the morning from the one it was playing in the evening - I think some of the frequencies are very close together and affected by atmospheric conditions. But it's not good to set up for Radio 4 and be woken by crackly pop music - or indeed the reverse! However once I got round to spreading the aerial wire more horizontally (by hooking it round the mount for the headboard!) this seems to have resolved itself.
This is where this clock really falls down. It has a nice big flat snooze button right across the front. All the other buttons just behind the snooze button are small, flat, and the most fiddly buttons I've got on any appliance! The on/off/auto slider is the worst - it's almost flat with just a ridge in the middle, and I have broken nails on it several times, and let's not talk about how many times I've turned it on instead of off accidentally.
It has what I now think of as old fashioned digital adjustment - hold down the "hour" button and click the "adjust" button to increase the hour, and similarly to change the minutes. So if you want to put it back 5 minutes to give yourself a little extra time in the morning then you have to go all round the clock - increase the hours by 23 and the minutes by 55. Last thing at night. When you're not really awake. The adjustment buttons also make a noise when you press them - so if you're doing this after the other bed occupant has gone to sleep, then you'll probably wake them up with the click click click click click click. It's not very loud - but loud enough in a quiet bedroom! You can press and hold the button to reduce the noise, but it's very slow and I am usually too impatient for that!
There are two dials on the right, for volume and tuning. They are chunky and easy to manipulate, but not much good for fine adjustment. There is an indicator on the front (a bit of plastic on a scale of frequencies - basic but fair enough) to show what frequency you're at - useful if you know what you're aiming for - but it's not very easy to read because the shape of the clock means it's pointing slightly downwards, away from you.
This is why I didn't cut the rating more for the annoyance of the stupid fiddly buttons: it's cheap, very cheap. When I bought it, the price was within £1 of the Tesco Value clock radio, so they don't come much cheaper. And it seems to be pretty robust and reliable for the price.
Summary: Does everything you would expect - but too many small annoyances to be recommended.
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