“ The Tesco Value alarm clock is affordable, durable and well designed. Whilst it's slightly difficult to use and radio reception could be better, you're unlikely to get more for your money elsewhere. „
I've had this clock radio for a few years now. I actually forgot that I had it until I found it the other day whilst having a cleanout. I can't remember how much I paid for the radio itself but I am pretty sure it was under £10. The radio itself is black in colour and it looks nice and sleek. It does look a bit "cheap looking", i.e. it's nothing spectacular but sometimes simple is best! The LED lights are red in colour which makes them easy to read and they are of a decent size. The radio was the perfect size for placing on top of my chest of drawers.
The radio is a basic AM/ FM radio. It isn't digital (DAB), for that I assume you would have to pay a little more! However if you're looking for a basic "no frills" clock radio then I would definitely recommend this one. The dials and controls are situated on top of the radio itself, this makes them easy to access without you having to struggle to turn the radio upside down or anything. The speaker is also situated on top of the radio. The sound quality of the radio is good but not great. Then again I am always fiddling with aerials to get a "perfect" reception and half the time it doesn't work!
When I finally get a decent reception the radio does sound okay and I can easily listen to it whilst I am doing my housework. The controls are easy to operate and none of them have ever broke on me. In fact the radio is pretty durable. I've dropped it a few times and I am pleased to say that it still works!
My aunt has one of these placed inside her caravan as the compact size doesn't take up much space. I don't really use the alarm on the radio but I have used it once or twice in the past and it did work correctly!
Overall this is a decent clock radio for the price. It does the job anyway and the compact size is perfect for small rooms, sheds etc.
Cheap and cheerful!
When my old clock-radio packed in I needed a new one in a hurry, and picked this one up for around £6. There's nothing fancy about it but sometimes you don't need fancy.
The numbers are nice and bright and clear, easy to read from a distance. The radio has a choice between AM and FM and you set the channel the old-fashioned way by twiddling a dial - obviously for this price you're not getting a DAB radio. That means it can take a while to twitch it the fraction of a millimetre required for good reception, but if, like me, you tend to find one station and stick with it, once you're there you're golden
The other thing to watch if reception is off is the position of the aerial. It's a wire one, which makes it easy to accidentally move. That is a disadvantage, so I suggest putting this on a windowsill or cupboard, somewhere you can't accidentally kick it.
The only other issue I had with it was that the buttons to set the time and alarm are not the most responsive, and it can take a while to set them. This can be annoying, but again, for £6, I can cope.
WHAT IS IT?
A clock radio that is made by Tesco Value.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
This clock radio is very easy to use because all of the buttons are on the top of it. When it is new you have to plug it into the electric and first set the time and then your alarm time. This is easy and all you have to do is use the minute and hour buttons and the button that says alarm to set what time you would want your alarm clock to go off in the morning. There is a button to turn off the alarm and one to press so that you can snooze for a little bit longer, these are large and easy to press even when you are still half asleep.
WHAT I THINK
I have had this clock radio for about 5 years and I have been happy with it. It is only now that it has stopped working properly and that is only because the sound has gone very buzzy, the alarm still works and goes off at the time it should but it is a very ugly sound and I do not like to wake up and hear harsh buzzing noises.
I like that the numbers of the time are large so that I can see them across the room but I like also that the numbers are not as bright as on a lot of clock radios because a display that was very bright would make sleeping hard I think. I like that the numbers are easy to read in the dark and in the daytime also because other clock radios I have had are hard to see properly if there is sun shining through the window onto it.
The alarm goes off always when it is supposed to and I have never overslept. I like to listen to the radio if I am in bed early in the evening and I think the quality of the sound is very good on this one, I am happy about that because a lot of small radios do not have such good quality. It is not perfect but a lot better than I thought it would be when I saw how cheap and small this clock radio was. There is a thin aerial wire and that has to be hung up in a high position, as long as you do that then you will get clear sound from the radio from talking to music. Now that the sound has gone buzzy I do not like to use it and I think the speaker has broken a little bit inside instead of it being a problem that is with the aerial or radio in itself.
This clock radio will play AM and FM radio but there is not any way to play digital radio stations on it. This is only a very cheap clock radio though and if I wanted digital radio in my bedroom then I would have had to buy a DAB radio that costs a lot more.
I paid only £5 for this clock radio and think that is value because it lasted me for such a long time and that makes it only £1 for each year that I used it. I am happy to replace it now but I think I am going to buy a more expensive one next week that will let me play digital radio stations , it is because of the buzzing alarm only that I want to buy a new one and not because of there being anything wrong with the clock or the alarm.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought this clock radio at many years ago, when I paid £4 for it in Tesco - I see that the price has now rocketed to £5! I think I bought it quite soon after I moved into my previous house, which would make it 10 years old, and though that sounds a lot, I don't think it's far off the mark. As with so many things I buy, I remember that it was a stop-gap measure when my other clock radio gave up.
The clock radio is very classic-looking. It's made of black plastic with a red digital display and silver buttons. The size of the clock radio is just 12x12x5cm approx, so it's very small and has a circular shape and a rounded look to it. The top surface area is the speaker and the controls are at the side.
The alarm can be set to wake up with a buzzer or with the radio. The buzzer is a very stark - aggressive almost! - BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ. I'm sure it must be audible outside, and it's the type of buzz that can really make you jump, it's not to my taste at all! The buzz alarm is only activated when radio volume is turned down to minimum. This is a good feature because if the alarm is set to come on to the radio and the unit accidentally has the volume switched right down you would still be awoken by the buzzer. (If a bit shocked).
The time is displayed in 24 hour format. The display is fairly bright - not enough to keep me awake, but it does glow and there is no option to dim it, so be aware of that if you're troubled by lights when trying to get to sleep. For me it's beautifully clear at a glance, which is important. Being electric the clock doesn't lose time so it's very reliable, there is a battery compartment for battery backup in case of a power cut for extra reassurance.
The reception on the radio in my current house is atrocious, but that's due to my location, none of my radios work terribly well. In my last house the radio reception was ok, there is a wire antenna attached to the back to assist you getting a decent FM reception, and with a bit of perseverance this gives good results. When tuned in, the sound is actually quite rich for such a compact unit with a single little speaker and used to be ok to have on if I was mooching around upstairs. These days I can only get Radio 3 with any quality, other stations drift in and out! Tuning a station in on medium wave is equally hit-and-miss, you may have a decent reception but when the radio is switched off and back on again, the station could well have gone altogether and therefore setting the alarm to come on with the radio at the moment is a choice between hissing or Mozart. Not ideal, but Mozart usually gets it. Tuning is by way of a small horizontal disc at the side/bottom and is fairly stiff to turn, and with such a small window to see the frequencies it's always been a fiddly operation to tune the radio.
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The clock radio has a standard sleep function, which can be set for up to 59 minutes, before going off automatically, which would be good if I wanted to fall asleep to either hissing or Mozart, neither of which I really do.
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There are 6 buttons in total on the top of the clock radio. The most important is the snooze (!) and this is the largest, sitting centrally towards the front. It's easy to feel and hit, which is all you need from a snooze button! The others are used for setting time and alarm and these are much smaller and need concentration to press the right button or combination of buttons to set the time or alarm. Sometimes from day one I've had problems with setting the time and alarm, when pressing down to scroll through the hours or minutes, they will trip over nice and slowly then suddenly go on a spurt at triple speed - invariably when reaching the desired time!
I can't bring myself to criticise my clock radio too much. Nowadays I have alternative radio and music arrangements upstairs, it's visible clearly both in daylight and not too dazzling in the dark, and it's never let me down with the alarm... and it cost me £4! I might not be getting full use out of all its functions any longer but it doesn't owe me anything and will probably (and hopefully) be by my side for many more years to come. At £5 for a functional, unfussy clock radio it would be hard to beat, but I'm knocking off a star because of its fiddly controls and it being temperamental in the radio tuning department.
=Tesco Value CR-106 Clock Radio=
Wakey, wakey, rinse and shine it's that lovely time of the morning when we have to drag ourselves out of bed.
I have clock radios since I was a kid, and I always feel lost when I'm away and have to hunt around for my glasses, so I can get a watch to see the time, whilst at home, I just turn over and there is my sound Clock Radio - with the lovely display.
=Price and Availability=
This is available from Tesco, it is from their value range, I paid about £4 for mine and that was about 6 months ago.
You can use 4 x AA batteries with this alarm clock, or like myself you can plug it into the electricity cable.
This is a lovely little compact radio, the control buttons are silver and they are on the top of the clock radio, the buttons are silver in colour, and you use these to set the alarms. The radio can be tuned in by altering the wheel at the side of the clock radio, and then you leave the clock radio on the one station.
I wouldn't exactly call this an aerial, as it's a small piece of wire about 12 in long, I just leave mine hanging at the back.
You can be woke up by an annoying buzzer, or the radio.
The LCD display is red, for some people it may be troublesome as it is on all the time, but as I am lost without the display, it is like a 2nd nature for me.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this alarm clock, it is cheap, cheerful and does the job.
From the old fashioned brass bell alarm clocks to the latest DAB digital radio that comes with an arsenal of features, when it comes to picking a method of telling the time there are far more things to consider other than "can it tell the time." However if your really just in the market for something cheap and basic then on offer is this Tesco Value Range CR-106 Clock Radio.
It is very easy to use, taking less than a minute from unpacking to plugging in to setting the time. The buttons on top of the clock are rather stiff so you will have to press them pretty heavily. Another advantage is that it is small, lightweight and compact, combined with the good length mains cable this is a perfect example of a product you can take while traveling (if like me your a heavy sleeper and the battery powered clocks don't wake you.)
The LED front is very bright so it can be easily seen in all lighting conditions. It's a tad too bright at night especially if you wake up and it's glaring at you. This clock radio lacks the features to change the brightness of the display that some more expensive models have. However it wasn't expected at this price range.
The radio itself sadly isn't very good. It comes with a short aerial and it is very hard to find a decent reception with it. If you mange to find a good reception on one channel and you decided you want to change to a different station then you will usually have to readjust the cable. Not only that but if you walk to close to the clock when the radio is on, or place a mobile phone, or have a TV switched on near it then the sound quality does suffer massively.
Another disadvantage or maybe an advantage is that it generates a lot of heat when in use. It can become very hot to the touch and more so if left in sunlight. While this is good to make some toast or to warm up your hands it does worry me a bit.
The final thing to consider and a failing of many electrical powered clock radios is that it is a bit noisy, producing a constant "humming" noise. It's not really that noticeable but you may want to think about where you sit the clock.
Overall a good value radio alarm clock that does what it says on the box. If your looking for a good quality radio look elsewhere, but if a basic clock that will wake you up is what your after (and this one is certainly loud enough to do so) then its worth adding to your shopping basket
I bought this clock in Summer 2010 after my old digital clock broke for around £5. I mainly bought this clock due to its low price but was very impressed with what I got for my money.
I was expecting the build quality of the clock to be poor but was pleasantly surprised with how strong and robust it actually was - essential when you smack it early in the morning to make the alarm stop.
The clock has very good sound quality in my opinion and will please the majority of owners with its crispness.
One complaint I did have about the clock was that the backlight of the display seemed a little dull, in bright light it could make it difficult to read however it does mean that at night it is not illuminating your bedroom.
The bottom of the clock gripped very well to my bed side table and prevented it from falling onto the floor when occasionally knocked.
I did find the setup of the clock a little clumsy with the array of different buttons which to this day I cannot figure out what some of them do. However, as this si merely a one time thing, it is not much of an issue as once it is done you will not have to think about it again (except for when the clocks go back).
I was looking for a relatively cheap alarm clock to put in my front room when my son first started to learn to tell the time...that's seems like an age ago now! I come across this handy little alarm clock when I was browsing in Tesco, and as it only cost around £4-5 it seemed like a bargain, I have noted that they are still available for a bargain price of £5.39. You obviously gain club card points if you have a club card. It is made of black plastic and has bold red illuminated numbers which is perfect for my needs, but as this cannot be dimmed could be a problem in a bedroom when you're trying to sleep. The time is displayed in 24 hour clock which is fine by me, but there is no option to change.
There is a rudimentary radio which is a basic analogue but considering the price cannot be grumbled at. The alarm is able to be turned on or off with the use of a sliding switch at the side. There are a sleep and snooze option which are controlled by two buttons on the top at the front, these are made of grey plastic. Along with these buttons are the control buttons for the alarm and clock and it is very straight forward to enter the correct time and alarm time. You simply hold down either the time or the alarm button and then press the hour and minute buttons until the correct time is reached.
The clock is powered by the mains and has battery backup which is a fantastic idea for power cuts. The batteries required are the square 9 volt batteries. Although it says on the website that it now takes 4 `AA` batteries. You can choose to be woken by alarm or by radio FM/AM, which is tuned using a small dial on the right hand side of the clock.
The clock is approx. 5cmx12cmx12cm. This item would be a great item for holidays and maybe students needing a cheap and reliable alarm clock. The radio isn't great and although I can get to the stations find them very fuzzy, but that could just be me. However I didn't by this item to use the radio and have only used it a handful of times. Although this alarm does appear to be cheap and cheerful it has yet to let me down.
Overall a handy little clock that does what it says on the tin and is well worth the money.
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Rating from gemreview (24/08/2012)
Advantages Good value
When I lived at home with my mum, I remember getting my first alarm clock for high school and I felt so grown up and responsible. I also adored being able to listen to the radio while in bed. This is how I got into music and discovered loads of new artists and likewise, heard songs of years gone by.
I remember that my old alarm clock seemed to be indestructable. It was covered in speckles of paint, had been dropped umptenn times yet lived on far after I moved out 8 years later.
Having my own house, I used my mobile phone as an alarm and never had any gripes but then I swapped rooms with my son and our king size bed blocked the plug sockets so anything that was going to get plugged in has to stay in so my husband suggested we get an alarm clock.
Now this isnt the prettiest of alarm clock radio's but I wanted black rather than silver and when I saw this in Tesco at just under £6, i thought i'd bite the bullet and buy.
~Jumping for joy~
So, I got home and plugged in my new clock radio and practically jumped for joy when the bright red numbers jumped up. I'D FORGOTTEN ABOUT THAT GLORIOUS RED DISPLAY!' It took me back years and I honestly felt quite emotional, remembering snuggling up in mums bed as a kid, watching the red numbers change and listening to the radio, this was the time when the Gulf War was on and I found something very comforting watching the red numbers as the time went on.
I also now find this easier than scrambling for my phone in the middle of the night to check the time. You cannot adjust the brightness of the red but there is no need to, its just perfect for day and night-time.
Another great feature that comes with most alarm clocks is the trustee snooze button, far easier to use that that on a mobile phone as its positioned on the top of the radio so any sleepy little dwarf can easily give it a whack and enjoy that extra 5 minutes....then 10 minutes...then 15 minutes! We all do it dont we? I even set mine too early so I can enjoy that snooze period. I do have this stupid onsession though, where when i set the alarm, all the numbers have to add up to 12 (so 6.42, 7.14 etc) and another where I get up when its rounded up to 5 minutes (so 6.55, 7am etc) anyway, this is daft i know but really important to me and this clock helps me to fulfill my little OCDs.
You can choose to be woken up to either the normal alarm clock tone or the radio, to be honest I find the radio to be unreliable for this as sometimes its fine and other times you cant hear it all all. It will probably have something to do with the reception but I cant take those risks when relying on an alarm and so I opt for the normal buzz which is loud and clear.
Well obviously, you have the radio which has both am and fm frequency. I find the radio to be quite good although again, quite tempramental and depends on the frequency and the reception. The ariel is a small thin wire at the back of the product and while the reception does not compare to our other stereos, for £6 I really cant grumble.
The alarm is set by using the shiny silver buttons on the top and is really easy to do.These silver buttons add a bit of glam to what would be a plain simple black plast ic device and make it look a little less 'cheap' The buttons have worn a little and are not as shiny as they were when bought but this can only be seen up close.
~Size doesnt matter, its what you do with it...~
Size-wise this is quite compact with the width and the depth being around 12cm so handy for a small bedside table or shelf. This size is perfect for me which is another reason why I was drawn to it.
It is quite a basic model but does what it says on the plain white value box and so I would definetly recommend it, it hasnt let us down yet.
A good price at £5.99 which will also bag you 5 clubpoints.
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I bought this clock just as a stop gap until I could afford something let's say better looking. Based on the price I can only really say it's good, it's a decent clock again for the price.
One of the best features for me i'm afraid is the size of the snooze button. Great to hit when you are half asleep to give yourself those precious extra few minutes in bed.
The clock radio has a classic moderately large LCD display that is clear to read especially in the middle of the night. The only thing that is a little annoying for me is that it is powered by being plugged into the mains socket; for me I would prefer a battery powered option.
The radio is tuned with a traditional dial on the front of the clock but unfortunately the quality of the frequency leaves little to be desired. Unfortunately unless you put this clock near a window the ariel will find it very hard to find a clear signal.
For its reliable and there is very little fiddling. Setting the time and alarm is easy and as of yet it has not let me down once, and importantly I trust that it won't!
Due to its simplicity I have bought x2 models for my niece and nephew both of who are under the age of eight. Both find the clock radio incredibly easy to work with.
I bought this clock because mine had broke. I didn't want to spend much as I only need a basic alarm.
Whilst shopping in Tesco I spotted this one and at £6 I grabbed it (£4.97 at time of writing- Tesco.com).
Boxed in the usual Tesco Value plain packaging it's easy to see on the shelf. The information leaflet is in side and tells us how to use it.
The clock itself is round and in black with silver round buttons on the top, with a large snooze button that stands out!! The clock radio has a large red LCD display, analog radio/bleeping alarm and snooze functions. At only 12cm wide it's neat. The clock is mains powered with a lead that's too short. The aerial is a wire.
It's easy enough to set up but I don't bother with the radio, it takes ages to find a station and can be temperamental- the sound quality isn't great. I stick to the loud enough and annoying bleeping alarm.
I find some of the buttons need a good push to work, the auto/on/off switch on the side needs fiddling with to set in just the right place or it won't stay on (that maybe a problem with my particular clock though). Once in the right spot it seems reliable- it's never not gone off. The snooze button once pressed will reawaken me every 10 minutes (I think it's 10!) and has so far has come back on.
I like the clock it's been reliable, though a pain to have to fiddle about with the auto/on/off button, but like I say maybe that's just a problem with mine.
I purchased this alarm clock a few months back, looking for a cheap alarm clock to get me up in the mornings. I didn't expect much for the price (£5.97), but for what it costs, it certainly does the job well.
It doesn't score many points on the looks category - the silver buttons really don't seem to go with the black finish, and the shape makes it look out of place no matter where I place it in my room. However, it is compact, and could probably easily fit well into a more spacious room.
The LED is bright and vibrant, so you can leave it across the room to force yourself to get up in the morning, and still see the time clearly when you are awake, but not near it.
Of course, with a low budget product like this, there are inevitably going to be some cons. Setting up the radio on it is a bit tricky, and the instructional guide it comes with is no help (just 1 sheet of paper), but the default buzzer is loud enough to rouse even the deepest of sleepers.
The buttons are also somewhat a pain to use. I sometimes finding myself having to force the buttons down hard in order for them to respond.
In conclusion, for what you pay for it, it definitely does the job. However, it's certainly not the best option available on the market.
I like to have my evenings at home, and being a bus driver this can be tricky to achieve with massively fluctuating shift patterns. Thankfully, I finally got put on permanent early shifts recently, and rising from my pit at 5am is now a daily thing. However, as I enjoy my evenings, I often don't bed down early enough, and thus need a little encouragement to wake up. I use the trusty combination of mobile phone and alarm clock, and since my last buzzing timepiece got taken apart by my daughters, I needed a cheap replacement, and they don't come much cheaper than this Value range clock radio from Tesco. Here are my thoughts on this unsurprising budget product.
--The Value of Time....--
Let me indulge into a little premise that you may be familiar with. You have an early start, and so make efforts to ensure you get up with ample time in the morning, but what happens? The alarm goes off, you hit the dreaded 'Snooze' button, several times usually, and wake up 15 minutes before you have to be at your destination! After the panic has subsided, you rush around like a maniac with bleary eyes and are still late for your work/flight/appointment etc etc. I try to counter this by having two alarms, one on my mobile phone and the other an alarm clock. Also, and this maybe up for a bit of debate, I like the alarm tone to be as ANNOYING as possible, helping the waking up process. I have a klaxon alarm on my phone, which just doesn't annoy me that much any more. The girlfriend doesn't agree with this. So, I needed a new alarm clock to partner my phone like a whining little brother, and when I bought this to replace my dull old battery powered mini clock, I was hoping for something workable, but irritating to hear!
Tesco have a rather extensive 'Value' range now, from electrical goods to clothes to foodstuffs, they tend for the low income well with hugely varying results. When I buy a product from this range, I expect nothing special, making myself prepared for poor quality in every aspect. If the product has redeeming qualities, then that's good enough for me. Cheap electrical goods normally fail to impress or at least not satisfy, so is this mains powered Alarm Clock Radio one of those instantly bin-able products? Let's find out.
--Cost and Packaging--
Having put myself on a strict budget recently, I was attracted to this exclusively by it's unbelievable low price. £5.97! It beggars belief that this can be sold at this price and make any kind of profit, but that's not my concern. I was just hoping that it worked and had a really annoying alarm, and maybe a half decent radio too. Available at most large Tesco stores and on-line, it's a commonly stocked product in the household aisle.
The packaging is basic as you would expect, daubed with the Tesco Value logo, it's a plain, white, thin cardboard box, with a simple image of the device on the front and back. No protective wrap is inside, it's just the clock and a small instruction leaflet. This could be an issue if dropped or thrown heavily into a shopping trolley, ergo breaking the contents. It's features are written on the box, and are helpfully translated into five other languages on the reverse. The cardboard is of course fully recyclable.
--Design and Performance--
Think of a flattened black blob of clay, and you could generally imagine the shape. It's a kind of semi-circle design, with it's loud speaker holes and control buttons on the top. The front face is of tinted plastic to display the red LED numbers and the rather old skool sliding radio gauge. Simple sliding switches on the sides provide further functions. It's not overly large, measuring in at approximately 12cm in width, 10cm in depth and 5cm in height, so can fit easily on your bedside unit or packed for travel. It's got a rather short power lead, at just over 2 thirds of a metre, and a short AM aerial cable. I would say that the quality of the plastics used in this are not good, they feel thin and far too lightweight for any hint of longevity. The build quality is also rather suspect, the front panel moves around slightly, the fit of the other parts is not that flush and true, and it just feels too delicate, and would think that a fall onto a hard surface would damage it quite quickly.
In operation, everything certainly seems to work as it is suppose to. The buttons respond adequately, better than more expensive alarm clocks I have owned, and the shape and size of said buttons in according to the product. Nice to see a large snooze button, which gives the usual 8 to 10 minutes of 'going to be late' time. Fit for purpose then, as this will get regularly and needlessly used! The side switches work well too, easy to operate, and again being a tad mis-fitting and clunky. The display is clearly the best feature of the clock, with large clear LED numbers that are fully readable at all, er, times. Setting the time, changing the alarm time and other features is simplicity itself, as it should be. Onto it's audible qualities, we have a double edged sword. The radio, for want of a better phase is poor to say the least. Distorted volume, dodgy reception and a fiddly control wheel makes for a somewhat pointless radio. I just found my most listened too AM station, and left it at that. The alarm, to my approval, is good in volume and very annoying! Some people may hate this, but like this as I have said, for me this is a good thing. The crappier tone of the sound, the more likely your are to want to get up. Just don't hit it with a fist however, as the plastics just won't tolerate it.
A few other things to mention are the fact that you cannot change the display from 24 hour clock to 12 hour clock, so if you are to buy this, make sure you know what 16.00 means outside of the military services. There is also a handy battery back up facility, which if you are a traveller is rather handy. It will keep your settings if you unplug it, something which I find is always a good thing.
If you pay £5.97 for an alarm clock radio, don't expect it to make a cup of tea for you whilst playing Barber's 'Adagio for Strings', and that's my take on this. Cheap plastics, shoddy but functional buttons, a poor radio but with a good bold clock display and an alarm that will help you to jump out of your slumber, this is not as bad as the price would suggest. It's got many faults of course, but it's not the worst looking clock you could have perched on your bedside, but more importantly, it does the job just well enough to justify scrimping on a few pounds for a better quality alarm clock radio. Not great by any means, but not totally bad for the small cost you pay.
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
A few years back I had a clock/radio-cassette/telephone beside my bed which I used religiously every morning to wake me up. I would wake up each morning to the radio or even my favourite music from cassette tapes if I wished and it served me well for a few years until it broke.
I thought about buying a replacement but instead began setting the alarm on my mobile phone to wake me every morning instead. All was fine and I was happy enough waking every morning to music I had stored on my mobile and saw no need to buy a replacement clock radio. That was until one morning when for some unknown reason the alarm on my mobile failed to go off and I overslept. Although the alarm worked fine when I tested it again after its sudden failure, I had no idea why that had occurred that particular morning and it left me wondering if it would happen again.
Not being able to place all my trust in my mobile phone alarm again, I decided to buy a cheap clock radio to use as back up, thinking I could set both alarms and ensure that I would not be let down again.
I decided on a clock radio instead of an alarm clock as to be honest I had missed the red glowing digital display of my old clock radio. Indeed I preferred waking through the night and being able to see the time right away without fumbling for my phone to find out the time. Also, I found the glare of my phone screen would make me squint in the dark when trying to see the time and it hurt my eyes. Having the digital display of the clock would eradicate this problem.
When I found this clock radio in Tesco last year priced at under a fiver, I thought it would be ideal. Cheap and basic, just what I wanted. For the money, I wasn't expecting much but there was still a 12 month guarantee with it as you get with most things and I didn't need it to do anything fancy, just wake me up on a morning and provide the time.
The clock radio itself is quite smart to look at. Black plastic, small and compact, it sits easily on even the smallest of bedside cabinets. It is also fairly lightweight and so is ideal to take away with you too.
It plugs into the electric socket but also takes batteries as back up, to ensure your alarm will still sound even if you have a power cut.
The silver buttons on the top of the clock radio in front of the speaker are what you use to set the digital clock and your alarm. Instructions are provided, but to be honest I didn't need to refer to them at all as it was very easy to set and operate. You can opt to be woken up by the radio or by a buzzer, which I wouldn't recommend at all as it is a very loud and harsh buzzing noise which will ensure you wake up with a start! Waking up to the radio is a far more gentle experience. It also has a useful snooze/sleep button.
Speaking of the radio, you use a small wheel tuner located on the side of the clock radio to find the channels. A FM/AM display is featured on the front underneath the clock display so you can locate the frequency you require. And here is where the problems begin...
After scrolling around trying to find the channel I wanted to sound clear, I quickly realised that the actual radio wasn't very good. The ariel is a wire leading out of the back of the clock radio and if you do manage to find a reasonably clear-sounding radio station, just one slight movement of the ariel can ensure it is quickly lost. However, even without any movement of the ariel wire at all, I found the radio stations had a lot of static and could suddenly go off or become very crackly. Therefore, this isn't an ideal radio to listen to.
I find it does wake me up, however, it is not always music I wake up to or the sounds of the presenter, it is often just crackle and static. I still rely upon my mobile phone first and foremost and set this clock radio purely as back up. I know I could set the alarm to the buzzing sound to wake me, but I absolutely hate it and it wakes me with such a shock, my heart starts racing!
The thing I do like about this clock radio is the actual clock itself. I much prefer to have the red glow of the display telling me the time, instead of having to look at my phone.
Overall I am not sure whether I can recommend this clock radio or not. I like the clock, however the radio isn't very good at all and whilst you can opt to use the buzzer as an alarm, I doubt many people would choose this option once they hear it.
The radio is enough to wake me, but it is often just crackling and static I must admit, which can sound similar to the buzzer on occasion!
In my opinion the only great thing about this clock radio is the actual clock and the price I paid for it. If you are looking for a clock radio with a decent radio, then maybe this isn't for you.
I have to get to work for 7.30am in the mornings if I am on the early nursing shifts and I do find it hard to wake up, I had been setting my mobile phone alarm but often forgot to do this and so went out to buy a cheap clock radio and came across this at Tesco's for £4 which is cheap enough to buy and throw away if it wasn't good enough.
This takes 4 AA batteries or you can plug it in but I like to have this on the shelf near my bedside cabinet so that I have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off, otherwise I'll just go back to sleep if it's near enough to turn off.
This is quite a nice looking clock radio a little compact with silver buttons that you press on top of the clock radio to set the alarm and you can tune it in by moving the wheel at the side to get the various stations.
Before I bought this I read a few reviews on here saying that it isn't very good at tuning in, but I live rural and on top of a huge hill so there is great reception here for mobiles and radio's, C.D fanatics drive up the road to park and chat to each other so for me having a good reception on the radio isn't really a problem.
I do find that if you move this around the house though there are certain places that get better reception than others.
I have this in the bedroom and keep it in the same place on the same frequency so it has been alright reception wise so far. I bought this about two months ago and so far I have got no complains.
The only thing I 'm not too keen on is the buzz of the alarm but then it's such a stupid sound that it will get you out of bed if not just to turn it off.
All in all it's cheap and easy to use, fits nicely on a shelf and the display of the time is bright red and can be seen in the dark at night when the bedroom lights out.