Product Type: Philips portable radios
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Stylish but awkward DAB clock radio
Philips AJB 1002
Member Name: timetoshine
Philips AJB 1002
Advantages: Stylish, sound quality, all of the essential features
Disadvantages: Takes a while to get used to, rear facing speakers
As clock-radio-alarm combinations go, this device from Philips is a beautiful creation. It is the perfect size for and will fit in most bedroom spaces. Rather than offering the ugly, cube design of many other clock radios, it has rounded off edges, which make it even more aesthetically pleasing and easier to hold. Its glossy mirror front is also an attractive feature, though it can at times glare under the light and make it impossible to see at any of the brightness settings other than the highest. Nonetheless, it has all the important features that you would look for if you were in the market for a clock radio such as alarms and different frequencies like DAB and FM. Nonetheless, it has a reasonable sound quality, though tuning can sometimes make it difficult to find less common radio stations.
Though it is overall a stylish and elegant device, it does have some minor issues, that whilst being irritating, can be either ignored, forgotten or overcome. Firstly, the user interface is challenging, with a number of buttons and many functions such as the alarm requiring different combinations of buttons and the amount of time you press each button. However, this is something you can eventually do instinctively and so it becomes less of a problem over time. Other minor issues do arise though. Due to the mirror front of the clock, the speakers are positioned at the back, which means that when you are listening to the radio or an MP3 player you have linked up, your sound quality is not as good as it would be if it faced the opposite direction. Moreover, I have often found that in trying to work out button combination, you can disrupt some of your settings such as deleting or creating radio station presets or suddenly needing to re-tune the entire system. This is often infuriating at best. Overall, though, this is a stylishly designed clock radio and is worth buying despite some minor issues.
Summary: A chic and quality DAB clock radio
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