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I have always had an alarm clock by my bed side table for obvious reasons! I much prefer to set alarm and no the time throughout the day and night instead of looking at the phone, I recently got myself and iPhone dock which is now my alarm! This however is still in my room projecting the time throughout the night for me. I purchased mine from Argos for around £15 a few years back and it had to be one of my favourite gadgets of all time. Style: It sits nicely on a bed side table and is not too large, it is mainly silver which is stylish and fits in nicely with my furniture. It looks cool because of the projection part which you can twist to position the time on your ceiling or wall. There is a snooze button on top and various diles accross the front for setting the alarm or clock. This is not just a gadget that is good for one thing, the overall style is nice and looks expensive. I was really happy with the look, it would also go nicely in a living room. Projection/alarm: The projection idea is simple, yet really useful. You can choose to have it on or off, I usually just leave it on all the time. I have always woken up in the middle of the night, no matter what I do I will wakeup! I really like looking up and seeing the time so I have an idea of how long until I need to be up for work. The projection Is not too bright that it keeps you up, I hardly notice it. You can set two alarms on this which is handy, I like how loud the alarm is because it always woke me up. Overall the general facilities this provides are good and I love the projection clock, I think I will be using this for many years to come. It can be run off if batteries or the mains power. I personally run it off the mains. Overall: I have had this a while and really enjoyed having It, it has lasted a long time and never had any issues. I really like the projection clock and it's great to see the time at night. It is a stylish piece of kit and I would recommend it to adults and children. Kids will like this as it is a novelty! This gets 5 stars from me, it was good value and worked well. Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out a bit. Josh
Once my husband falls asleep he is dead to the world in an almost unbelievably deep sleep. Waking him up in the morning is quite a task. He has three alarm clocks by his bed, one being the Oregon Scientific projection clock. It stands 10cm high, 14cm wide and 4cm deep with a matt silver finish on the front and back and a slim matt black section sandwiched in between. It stands on a platform and is of a reasonable weight and sturdy enough that if the snooze button is hit somewhat haphazardly it certainly wouldn't fall over. The display panel is large and clear, easily accessible controls on the front and the long snooze button on the top. It has a general feel of quality to it and a sleek design. One of the main selling points for this alarm clock is the projection light. This part is one third of the clock unit, a section which can be rotated forwards and backwards. The idea is to set the light to a place up on the ceiling above where you sleep. You can then read the time during the night or dark hours of early morning by simply reaching over to the alarm clock so there isn't the need to turn on brighter lights or even hardly move. The alarm is loud and sharp, so not for those who prefer to be woken up gently (like myself!). It has a dual alarm feature which means you can set an alarm for two different times during the same day. This has been very useful, I have often used it later in the day to set an alarm as a prompt for when I need to leave to go somewhere. Another handy feature is when setting the alarm you can adjust the time forwards and backwards, making it quick and efficient to set. The time is radio controlled and so this is the clock we use to set all the clocks in our house by. At the press of a button you can see the date and your set alarm times. It runs on two AA batteries and since having the alarm clock for almost a year they have not needed to be replaced. It is a good reliable alarm clock, slim and neat with a few very useful features. I can't feel partically enthusatic or full of praise for it but at the same time it is difficult to find anything to negative to say. I suppose the projection light is a bit of a gimmick but my husband in his efforts to wake up early in the morning occasionally uses it. So overall a well designed and dependable alarm clock. Thanks for reading! © Lunaria 2012
The Oregon Scientific Projection clock is still perched on my bedside table after a number of years of sitting there. Having owned this clock for a while, I have mixed feelings about it as although there are many positives, there are also many negative attributes. The most noticeable feature of this clock is a separate projection arm which allows you to know what the time is without moving anything other than an eye lid in the midle of the night. I am personally a fan of projection clocks in general and the font, focus and clarity of this clock are very good. It must be noted, however, that the arm's movement and flexibility is somewhat limited. Aiming the projection at a wall of your choice will often mean that you cannot see the clockface itself which can be annoying. The second thing about this clock is the design of the exterior, screen and buttons. These, while of a distinctly average build, leave a lot to be desired. Functionally, the buttons are poorly designed as setting an alarm is more complicated than it ought to be. Moreover, the radio stopped working after a while as the antenna wire seemed to disintegrate over time. One great thing about this clock is the length of time it is capable of working once charge to it is turned off. Having transported it around the country, this has been a particulaly useful feature.
The main selling point of this clock, brought to you by the good people at Oregon Scientific, is its ability to project the time onto the ceiling, a wall, or any similar surface. This can actually be very useful for the more lazy among use, as it negates the need to even roll over when in bed in order to check the time. Personally however, I have found that I no longer use the projector function, as at times it can be distracting when you are trying to get to sleep, and it really isn't that much effort to just look at the screen, which also displays the time in large, clear digital letters. Aside from the projector this still stands as a good clock, the most useful feature of which I have found to be its ability to automatically update the time and date using radio signals, so that it is never inaccurate by even a second. It even takes into account daylight savings time, so you will no longer be able to use the "I forgot to change the clocks" excuse.
I got this alarm clock as a birthday present from an Uncle. It seemed pretty high tech for an alarm clock, and having now used it for a number of years I am very glad I was given it! Firstly, using it as a simple alarm clock it does it's job wonderfully. The alarm is loud and continues to beep until 'Snoozed' or 'Turned Off', for a good minute; enough to wake anyone up (though I have to confess I have at times slept through it, but I am a heavy sleeper - so if on the whole it can get me up, it does it a pretty decent job). Ever thought of having two alarms? Well you can with this product. I've never really seen the need to use the two alarm feature, but I guess if you wanted to wake up at one time in the week and another at weekends, it's possible to do so with the help of this alarm. The ability to have it light up on screen is good, though what's better is the funky projection feature. Forget having to turn to look at your alarm clock when your laying peacefully in bed, hit the light button and the time is projected on the ceiling - just brilliant! I guess there is the downside of being able to be lazy and not really move out of bed. I actually had to turn off the projection at one point when I never used to really move when the alarm went off. I'd hit the light, see what time it was and go back to sleep for a bit. When it does come in handy is during the night, when you are at your most tired, and a small click of the light button can tell you of the time. At around £20 it is a little more expensive than most alarm clocks, I mean you can buy some for a fiver! Then again, I have found this very useful over the time I've had it, and should it break, I will be looking for a similar one from the same company. A quick thing about batteries; I've had this alarm clock for about two and a half years, and during that time I've only had to change the batteries once, so don't worry about the alarm not going off because the batteries are flat - it warns you (where the day/month would be) that you need to change the batteries - very helpful!
This alarm clock is realy easy to use, easy to set and is loud enough to wake the dead. It has an electronic display to see the time during the day and a projector to project the time on to your wall at night. I brought my dad one of these a while ago from argos for £20 I brought it particularly for my dad as he has very poor eye sight, i mean it is realy bad, with out his glasses on which he wears constantly unless sleeping he wouldnt see any thing. He used to drive my mom mad getting out of bed to put his glasses on and the landing light just to see what time it was in the middle of the night so when i saw this i thought id get one to try it. The brilliant part about this clock is for some one with good sight you can position it quite close to the wall and the clock on the wall will be small and for the likes of my dad put it one end of the room shining onto the wall the other end of the room and he has got a 4 foot clock on the wall that he can see with out disturbing my mom all night.
I've got an alarm clock I hear you say! So why would I even be remotely interested in a new more gadgety one? Now many of you know I'm renowned for my gadgets and you could be forgiven for thinking this is one of my more frivolous purchases. Far from it, my old clock kept dying and I slowly gathered a collection of them to ensure I get out of bed on time. In fact some mornings I swear there's an extra one on the other side of the room wailing at me! So the search was on for a clock that could fulfil my gadget fantasies (sad I know). Firstly I wanted it to lock to Rugby, now that doesn't mean waking up late to find it perched on the window ledge watching Sky Sports! Rugby is the location for MSF clock operated by the National Physical laboratory (NPL). It transmits time and date information on the 60khz radio frequency, the time is generated by the NPL atomic clock in Teddington (London). This enables my alarm clock and the many thousands of devices ranging from wristwatches to whole radio stations to know the correct time and date. The signal covers all of the UK and a vast slice of Europe, although reception can be affected by large steel structures the same as other radio based devices such as mobile phones. During my research for this piece I discovered a truly worrying group of people, you've heard of train spotters? Well how about MSF Enthusiasts?? I'm saying no more on the subject apart from if you really want to see just how sad some people can be check out www.npl.co.uk/npl/ctm/msf_enthusiasts.html and weep! Anyhow I digress (sorry) back to the clock, so now that I can rely on its accuracy it enables me to have 5 mins extra sleep! The design of the Oregon scientific range is very "space age" clad in its silver shell with a large easily readable display. The main button on the top of the unit can be used to switch the backlight on, this provides a gentl e green glow, which enables you to see it in the pitch black. The information displayed gives you time and date, average and peak temperature as well as always showing you the alarm time. It can also be tilted to get the best viewing angle from your bed (a nice touch). The alarm is sufficient to wake a sleeping Rhino (another of my nicknames) and starts low rising to a crescendo! Then once it's sounding you have the usual snooze features and the ability to set the alarm further into the distance! All in all a nice clock! But wait the best has been left till last as this model of Oregon clock is a prolight! Yep it can project the time onto a wall or even the roof, the red text is large, clear and relatively bright. In fact you can see it even in daylight, but its really designed for the night time. You can rotate the display through 360 degrees and also adjust focus to get the optimum position. Now yes I admit it this is the gadgety bit of me speaking but as I have used this clock the projection is definitely its best feature. It allows me to see what the time is even at 4am without requiring me to do anything except open my eyelid. The unit uses mains to drive the projection (adaptor included) and 2 AA 1.5V batteries to power the clock itself, I've been using it for 2 months and the batteries have plenty of juice left! So it's a gadget that looks well dare I say it "sexy" and at the same time is very functional, perfect for me to justify yet another techie product. But seriously if your alarm clock is on its last legs or you fancy being able to see the time without crawling over the mound in the bed that's your other half the Oregon Prolight is the one for you! Details; Oregon Scientific Prolight £ 37.99 Available from most high street electrical retailers or visit www.oregonscientific.co.uk/ (an excellent website) And for those of you that really have t o www.npl.co.uk www.npl.co.uk/npl/ctm/msf_enthusiasts.html Lordpercy ©2001
Projects the time onto the ceiling of a darkened room with manual projection image focus / Crescendo alarm with increasing volume / 2 separate alarms with snooze function.