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I hate to be without a watch and always feel lost if I don't know the time. I'm one of those people that likes planning and having a reliable timepiece is essential. I found this Techaffect Colour Arc LED watch on www.amazon.co.uk where it was selling for just £7.99 at the time of purchase. I needed a new watch after my previous one was wearing out and the battery dying prompted me to snap this up.
Product description "Fashionable LED watch with 29 colourful LEDs in a Rainbow Arc. The Colour Arc from TechAffect has 29 superbright LED lights that display the time, as well as day and month."
I loved the look of this watch as it is a statement piece and guaranteed to attract attention. It has a large square face measuring 35mm x 40mm and a thick black strap. When the face is inactive you can see rows of dots and numbers, but it's when you press the button to activate the face that this really starts to get interesting! The watch is very different to most in that you cannot just give it a quick glance to tell the time. The time is displayed by a series of LEDs which remain inactive until you press the button on the side of the watch to see the time display. The watch then lights up for you. The first arc gives you the hour, the second arc the 'deca' minutes, and the third arc the minutes. The top arc runs from 1-12, the centre arc from 10-50 (in 10's) and the bottom arc from 1-9. So if I light up my watch and the LEDs show "4" in the top arc, "10" in the centre arc, and "2" in the bottom arc, then I know that the time is 4.12. There is an additional set of LEDs in the corner to show AM and PM, but I guess more people would be able to gauge whether it's day time or night time anyway! To see the date you need to press the button on the side of the watch twice in quick succession. The date display works in a similar way to the time. The first arc tells you month number, second arc the 'deca' days, and the third arc days. This might all sound a very long-winded and fussy way to have to work out the time, but it was extremely quick to get to grips with and after using it for a little while it became second nature to read the time in this way so I can pick it up straight away now.
This watch does come with a set of instructions to enable you to set it for the first time, but I must admit that I struggled and couldn't do it properly, so I had to enlist a friend to help me. They managed it in around 2 minutes flat so no problem there, but I am now dreading when the clocks change and I need to try and figure it out again! It also seems that the date function was not set up quite right and so the date display is not working for me properly. I think it is quite difficult to get the watch set up and make sure that the display is working correctly, but this is crucial for the product to actually function as intended, so it's a shame it couldn't have been made a little simpler.
The watch face is the real attraction here, and it does look amazing when lit up. The rows of LEDs alternate between blue and red, and it looks really cool when being used to tell the time. It gets a lot of attention and people always ask me questions about it when they see me using it. All of my male friends have been incredibly envious and want one too, so I'd suggest that it would make a nice (and cheap!) gift for any geeky men in your life that like their silly gadgets. I think the best thing about it is the design and the look. It is a really fun time piece that looks very technical and futuristic. Unfortunately the overall quality of the watch is not so good. I have skinny little girly wrists and need to tighten the strap to the smallest setting so that the watch fits me without slipping around. Within only a few days of owning the watch I had managed to break the clasp and one of the fasteners, the first I could fix back into place, but the second was a goner and now I'm left with just the one fastener. The strap is made of a synthetic material and does not feel as nice as a proper leather strap and I am considering replacing it. As for time keeping, I have had absolutely no problems with it at all. It keeps time perfectly, and as this is the purpose of wearing a watch, it does its job well. I was a bit worried that the battery would die out straight away from having to light up all the LEDs, but it is lasting well so far, and I only press the button when needed so it's not lit up that often.
Overall, I think this was a good buy for the price, and is a good choice if you like the unusual display style.