The Sony Dream Machine alarm clock is a simple but impressive device which has woken me up many a time over the years.
At about 5 inches long and 5-6 inches wide, it is a rather small alarm clock. Ideal for those small spaces by you bed or for sitting atop a bedside table. It has a nice design, finished in silver, with a large black LCD screen with large green numbers for the time. At the bottom on the front is the radio frequency tuner display, which works well and helps you tune to the right radio station. To the right of the device are the volume and radio frequency silders, both of which do the job well and with no fuss.
On the top of the device are a range of buttons to help you set the right time for the clock itself and the alarm. All of them are easy to use and pretty self-explanatory, but I'll give a whistle-stop tour for your convenience. A slider at the top determines whether the alarm will be off or set to the buzzer or radio setting. This means that you can wake up to either the radio or a simple buzz sound, a nice addition which lets you wake up to your favourite music. A green button turns on the radio for use at any time and the button adjacent to it turns it off. The buzzer and radio buttons show the set alarm time when held, while the range of '+' and '-' buttons allow you to adjust the alarm time by holding the buzzer or radio buttons down. A 'clock' button must be held when changing the time.
It works through the mains but a battery can be put in for use on the go.
It has been a trusty companion over around 4 years now and has not malfunctioned once (even after power cuts a while ago turned it off repeatedly). Sound quality is very good, with a speaker taking up the entire left-side of the device. It is an impressive, easy-to-use piece of kit, which is ideal for a person of any age looking for a sturdy and easy-to operate alarm clock and radio.