John Lewis Spectrum DAB/FM Clock Radio
Just got a refund ...
The power supply plug sticks out and when I got the radio I thought - this is too delicate and is not going to last. Well it went for 6 months before it broke. Bad design - why make a feeble plug and socket stick out just where it will be knocked. Shame as cheap radio with nice sound. But on the downside - on switch on the back (why???); cannot play radio and tell the time, confusing alarm set mechanism (fine if you want the same alarm every day, else confused the heck out of me), display ridiculously bright. Which magazine think this a best buy - they need to get out of the lab and try living with the product and they'll discover that more attention to detail needed, just like I did.
06 March 2014
Good radio but -
Radio side is good, sound quality etc. However if you have the radio on you can't see the time i.e. you have a clock or a radio. The other problem is that the clock is back lit with a strong blue light, there is a dimmer function but with this set at minimum the room is still brightly lit. I have taken to turning the clock to the wall to reduce the light effect but then I can't see the time!!!!!
04 March 2014
Awful. Really cheaply made and poor quality.
Unpacked this small radio and initial impressions were quite good. Nice soft touch material and the Aubergine colour - my wife loved it.
The first problem came when I removed the plastic protecting the screen. Immediately the screen went from working fine to being covered in jagged lines and then going completely blank.
It rectified itself after about 5 minutes and we set it up and all was well. The sound is a bit tinny but you would expect that.
The display is bright as others have noted even on the lowest setting. The snooze feature is useful where you push down on the radio to snooze.
Reception was good but everything went pear shaped on day two. The Micro USB power input first became temperamental and then stopped altogether. The device was dead. The fit of the power cable was never snug to begin with but after a day, the radio was useless.
Very disappointing. This is a really poorly made product. I would expect better of a brand like John Lewis. AVOID.
01 March 2014
Loved the look and size of this neat little radio alarm. Although completely agree with the majority of the other reviewers. The brightness of the read out even on its lowest setting could land aircraft - not so great for sleeping with unless you like a bright night light. Then not being able to see the time with the radio on was problematic when getting ready in the morning. With various work arounds that included putting a pillow in front of the clock at night I managed to battle on with this product.
The final straw came when after 2 months of use the wires in the cable came loose and it wouldn't work unless you physically pushed them together. So it's gone back now and I've ordered a different alarm clock, not quite so pretty but hopefully it will work better for the use intended.
27 February 2014
Does exactly what it was bought for
I wanted a small DAB radio alarm for my bedside table and this fitted the bill. It has a dual alarm so you can have one for weekdays and one for weekends or, like me, two for weekdays. These are very easy to set. Time is clear to read even for some one as short sighted as me. The display is bright but it can be dimmed. One of the advantages over my previous model is that it can survive the odd power cut without having to reset when the power comes back on. This clock radio has a small footprint but the sound it produces is great, although I only listen first thing on a morning.
26 February 2014
NOT a clock radio
This is NOT a clock radio........it is a clock or a radio. Once the radio is on ( for example when the alarm goes off) it does not display the time. A clock that does not display the time!!!!!! Also it's bright enough to cure SAD but too bright for sleep.....even dim is super bright. So now I sleep with a post it stuck to the display and my watch nearby so I can tell the time!!!
13 February 2014
Glad I'm not alone here. The display is far too bright even at its dimmest setting - and the digital figures are as un-attractive as I have ever seen. I have managed to dim the display by cutting a couple of sheets of grey acrylic film to fit.
The brightness is a great shame as the actual radio and functionality work really well.
11 February 2014
I had looked at reviews and went to buy a different radio. However it was not in stock and i thought this could not be so bad.
However I was wrong. Despite this clearly being designed to be used as a bedside alarm the display is ridiculously bright. There is a button to dim it but it only dims it from very bright to bright. I cannot sleep with the light on and this radio means there is a bright blue light always on. You could try sleeping with a towel over it but really thats mad. I am taking this back as soon as i am free.
15 January 2014