Product Type: Sony portable radios
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Great if you don't want to get up in the morning!
Sony ICF-C317 Dream Machine FM/AM Clock Radio
Member Name: thedevilinme
Sony ICF-C317 Dream Machine FM/AM Clock Radio
Date: 05/08/10, updated on 07/08/10 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of buttons!
Disadvantages: Uselass timer
Clock radios bring only bad news. They wake you up for work. They don't wake you up for work, and they don't like being whacked when you don't want to get up for work - or involved in violent love making. Who would like to be sent flying across the bedroom by a forearm or right leg whilst someone else is having all the fun! No, nor wood I. In the 1970s people used to have ones that even made your tea in the morning but again it was more clock radio kit to fall on your carpet and ruin it after some hot sex or work reluctance.
Just as we get through tons of cheap electric kettles we get through a lot of clock radios as they are just not hardy enough to take the abuse. I don't think anyone reading this has had a plastic kettle that's lasted longer than 6 months and for me I have the same issues with clock radios. After a while you find yourself pressing harder and harder on the buttons to set the clock because you have ruined them by pressing harder and harder on the buttons, the grubby dirt and grease around the buttons testament to. Then the alarm or clock radio stops going off in the morning and your late for work, the dream machine living up to its name as you spend most of your time still asleep dreaming when one should be up and about because the alarm didn't go off! For the love of me I can't work out why the alarm won't set properly anymore on this thing!!!
It has digital LCD clock radio featuring an easy-to-set alarm function (cough!) with triple time display and a green back-lit LCD. It includes melody alarm, buzzer and Nap Timer functions. The main reason I bought this one is because it has long wave radio along with MW and FM (yes, it has FM so one of those annoying copper wire aerials you have no where idea to dangle). It has two alarms set options and, rather bizarrely, you can set the buzzer or radio to go off in 12 months time! You can also dim the LCD. How nice. The thing is it dims because it's a back lit LCD like a digital watch and so if you get your angles wrong you cant see it. Other features include Sleep and Snooze Buttons. It has no battery or adapter option though. We then have five radio station preset buttons, which are not a lot of use because if you have a power cut they all reset to blank.
Timer - NAP, Sleep, Snooze
Colour - Silver or Black
Radio - FM/ MW/ LW
Size - 6x4x2.
Loud Speaker on top
Illumination/Alarms Alarms buzzer, radio, dual, melody...
Ok, the main problem with this is the alarm is too complicated to set and there are too many buttons and switches that will stop it working when it should. If this was a nuclear bomb on a James Bond movie and ticking down to zero it would explode. When the alarm or radio does go off on time and you try to press the snooze button you can easily press the 'Nap' button or the 'Sleep' button first, but you have no idea you have and so soon fast asleep. And why does this need a Sleep button and a Snooze button and Nap Button??? What's the bloody difference! Well the difference is that when you spend time setting the alarm for work or play the bloody thing doesn't go off because you pressed one of the numerous buttons that stop it going off!! Not only that but when the alarm does rarely go off it displays the radio station setting you are listening to and not the time?? Radio Five Live on '909' is somewhat worrying when you are expecting 7-30!! This really is a Sony exercise in obfuscation.
The snooze button, which allows you to snooze an amount of time you have pre-set it for, is as equally annoying. If you accidentally press it twice as you flail around in the morning it doesn't work and you wake up two hours late for work. There are just too many buttons on this and it over complicates things big time to the point where it's unreliable and so doesn't work. It's around £30 pounds on Amazon but not worth the hassle guys. It's not guaranteed to wake you up in the morning so don't buy it. Just get one of those little simple plastic travel clocks from the pound shop with a press top to stop and start the alarm and then switch your radio on. At least you will know you are awake.
Summary: Do not buy this
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