DAB Clock Radio with poor functionality - Philips AJB1002
The Philips Model AJB1002 DAB (ie, digital) clock radio is a clock radio, where you set an alarm to wake up in the morning to the sound of your favorite radio station. It picks up digital radio stations, instead of the analogue signals used in the past. It also will receive FM radio. It allows for two different alarms to be set. It also provides for an MP3 connection, so you can use it to play music from your mobile phone, for example, if you link them together with a cable, but the cable uses a round pin on on the clock/radio end, and is NOT ...the usual data link USB cable that most of these devices utilise. A suitable cable is provided, but it's not very long. But it has a couple of serious problems. One of its marketing features is that its front screen is a mirror. I expect that this is actually a feature if you want to check your hair when you wake up, or to see if you have food still stuck in your teeth when you go to sleep. The feature is not especially useful, in other words. But it makes the screen, which shows the time, practically unreadable, especially in daylight. In the dark, you can see the clock, but during the day, no time is visible, making the "clock" part of the clock/radio a non-starter. (Unless you're a vampire, I suppose, when exposure to daylight is never going to happen.) You can vary the display brightness level, but even on the highest setting, you can't see the clock display. The other main problem, is that when the alarm goes off, you might want to cancel it. To stop the alarm, you need to locate a tiny button on the top of the device. The big middle button does not stop the alarm playing, nor does it function as a 'sleep' function, to delay the alarm for a while; another small button elsewhere on the top, among a dozen other buttons is used for that. Not very practical to turn the thing off, in other words. Give this device a miss.
Looks Great, mediocre performance
The DAB performance of the product is good - clear audio and good reception (I live in a poor reception area, and the DAB works well - dont use FM so cant comment on that).
The display brightness is poor - it cant be read in anything like daylight - it is ok at night.
The audio quality is good, but the rear-mounted speakers means that the unit sounds better from the back - an unusual design feature.
The flush buttons on the top of the unit have no tactile differentiation so you do a lot of incorrect operations. A couple of raised "bumps" on one or more of the buttons would help you to get your orientation.
Lack of support: 2 messages to the "contact" address to Phillips have gone unanswered.
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