Our bedside alarm-clock-radio went a little funny and the radio wouldn’t function. So my husband bought one off the internet, a swish, cute, futuristic-looking, black rugby ball shaped affair. Now, if ever there was a case for try-before-you-buy then this was it. Our new alarming wake-me-upper is:
1) small! Okay, I know they give you dimensions on the internet, in the technical section, but seriously, if see a picture of it on a bedside table… And who checks the dimensions of a bedside clock?
2) the display is tiny: it has a large glass front but only a tiny section of that actually displays the time. Imagine an apple with a barcode – the screen is the size of the apple and the display only runs through the middle and is the size of a barcode! Not only that but the typeface is small, it has to be because aswell as the time it has to display the alram time and the radio station it is playing: a host of information you seriously do NOT need at six am when you crack open one sleepy eye full of – what is that stuff that gathers in your eyes? Seriously, all I want is one large set of numbers, easy to read, not too bright.
3) snooze: it only snoozes for five minutes! Whose clever idea was that? Ten minutes, please. Five minutes just puts you in a bad mood.
But it does have one great feature. The radio (if set to wake-up with radio rather than alarm) slowly gets louder and louder if you don’t switch off the alarm or snooze it. It is brilliant. So you can wake up ssslllowlllyyy. You certainly need that delay to wipe the sleep from your eyes! Now I am looking for a similar snooze function to install on my children…