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This was the product designer's "Blaze of Glory" before he quit
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2018
Save your money.
PROS: Large display with choice between Light and Dim. This is the reason why I bought it, but I didn't realize all the drawbacks until it was received.
CONS? UGH... let me count the ways:
1) CONTROLS. All controls come from seven rice kernel size buttons, all the same size, same shape, all in a line and all on top of the display where they're unidentifiable unless looking down on it and you have light to read them. Philips, did you realize people view this from eye level when waking up? WOW! BRILLIANT!
2) DISPLAY. Blinking colon on the display. Solved by using bits of electrical tape over it.
3) VOLUME. When turned on it's preset by Philips and is always LOUD. There is no way to change the default so the radio must always be manually adjusted.
4) VOLUME #2. Even on softest setting it's still too loud.
5) PRESET STATIONS. How do you erase a station that you incorrectly preset? Can't even find an answer to this either.
6) PRESEST STATIONS #2. To change stations through the presets you must toggle through all ten to find the one you want and you must memorize which station was set to each number. ie- As you toggle, stations are ID'd as "P01, P02, P03... ". It takes five seconds for the station to be identified before the "P01" numbers change to station frequencies.
7) FM only? My local NBA team and the university sports are on an AM station. I knew it going in, but was this so difficult or expensive that AM should be eliminated? Philips cut corners.
And my #1 complaint?...
8) It's hard to comprehend that a product is designed this way. The radio volume on the wake alarm is preset LOUD by the factory. THERE IS NO WAY TO CHANGE IT to default to a lower volume. There is a DIY workaround on YouTube for dismantling the clock and soldering in a diode. Maybe Philips will reimburse me for a soldering set?
I'm not sure what century this was designed in, but modern electronics are designed to at least be minimally configurable to users' preferences. Philips failed. All around this Philips product is one of the more terrible designs of an electronics product that I've encountered.