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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Very nice and inexpensive
from Los Angeles
Comments about Sony ICF-C318 Dream Machine Alarm Clock Radio:
I purchased 4 of them for every bedrooms and my kids and I love them. If you take a couple of minutes and read the one small page manule it is very simple to set the alarm clock.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I purchased this miniature alarm clock because my previous Sony alarm clock began to malfunction after seven years of continuous use. I expect this model to last just as long. I especially appreciate the dual alarm feature, and the knobs for adjusting the alarm time, placed upon either side of the device, are quite efficient and functional. The improved alarm sound is both pleasant and effective. Other than the power cord, there are also no annoying cords or antennae with this model. I did not purchase this device to use as a radio. I personally choose to set the device to emit news broadcasts upon a local talk radio station when I wake, and I believe the speaker functions rather well. The device is sturdy, compact, inexpensive, highly functional, and just what I expect from Sony.
You get what you pay for
from New York
About Me Casual User
Needed a very simple alarm clock, just something to wake me up in the morning. Considering the price I paid, I am happy with it. Good volume to wake me out of a deep sleep (and I've slept through thunderstorms), simple controls once you get used to them, and you can toggle the brightness of the display.Is it perfect? No. The radio settings are choppy: the music rarely comes through clearly, and reading the manual is a must to figure out how to set the time, date, and everything else. But I don't use it as a radio, so it didn't get too many points deducted.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Mediocre at Best
Get this clock radio and every six months you'll be either online or looking for your instructions for how to set your clock one hour forward or one hour back. It is not intuitively obvious and a real pain to figure it out each time. This is without question the most complicated clock radio I've ever had for setting the time.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
poor reception, poor clock
from Vallejo, California
This is a good paper weight. Since the sound quality is so bad and the time cannot be set accurately, it is a waste as a clock-radio.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Doesn't keep accurate time
My wife has had this clock for about 10 months now, and it hasn't kept accurate time since day one. Supposedly you just plug it in and the time is automatically set for you. Well, I don't know what clock it's getting it's information from, but when I first plugged it in, the time was set at about 5 minutes ahead. Now it's 9 minutes ahead. I have a GE dual alarm clock that I've been using since 1990 and it's always kept accurate time. How hard can that be, SONY?
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Mediocre at best
from Morristown, Tennessee
Too much to do to set it up and for some reason that I can not figure out and have read operating instructions completely, about a minute before my radio comes on that I set to come on a beeping starts and lasts about 20 beeps. Don't know why and I don't like it. May be returning this radio to the store.
Awesome, Don't Stop Making
I can't tell you how hard it is to find just a simple alarm clock. I went to a couple of electronics stores and all they tried to sell me were outrageously expensive ones that woke you up to cd's, ipods, tweeting birds, etc. You needed a degree in engineering to just wake up with all those useless features. I have had no problems with this clock whatsoever and every morning it wakes me up to the radio. Plan on getting another one just in case they stop making them.
changes by its self??
from Lake country
This thing changes to other time zones all by its self. I want to throw it in the lake!
Alarm Buzzer Not Loud Enough
from Surrey, BC, Canada
I am hard of hearing and can easily sleep through the Alarm Buzzer even on the Loud setting. What good is an alarm clock if it can't wake you up ? I like the Dual Alarm feature & large Display and the overall design is of reasonably good quality -- just wish it could wake me up (hence the poor value rating).
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