My husband and I have depended on the same alarm clock for the past ten years, but when it started to fail us in the mornings, we needed to replace it fast! We found an alarm clock at Bed Bath & Beyond that looked similar to our old clock, and we felt the Timex T715B AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Redi-Set Automatic Time Setting System would fit our needs. I know that Timex is a reliable brand, we own several Timex watches and they run for years.
My husband has to get up every morning at 4:30, but I don’t need to wake until 6:30, so we obviously needed an alarm clock with the dual alarm feature, which this model has. The Timex T715B AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Redi-Set Automatic Time Setting System also features the XBBU – Extreme Battery Back Up, jumbo display with dimmer control, and automatic daylight saving time adjustment.
Out of the box the alarm clock is not too large and takes up a small footprint on the headboard of our bed. It measures roughly seven inches in length. The alarm clock has the following controls and indicators on the front and top:
* Snooze/Sleep off Button
* Month/Date Button
* Time Zone Button
* Time Button
* Sleep Button
* Alarm Mode Display Button
* Alarm 1 & 2 Setting Buttons
* Set Forward/Back Buttons
* Alarm 1 & 2 Selector Off/Radio Buttons
The back of the alarm clock has additional controls and indicators:
* Tuning Control
* Am/FM Band Selector
* FM Antenna Wire
* Line input Jack
* Volume Control
* Display Dimmer Control
* Power Cord
The face of the clock has the days of the week, Monday through Sunday, displayed at the very top. There are seven different time zones from which to choose, and the year is also displayed. This Timex T715B AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Redi-Set Automatic Time Setting System even has features that adjust for both daylight saving time and leap year. I have never seen these features on an alarm clock, (but then it has been ten years since we have purchased a new one).
Since neither my husband or I prefer to wake to the sound of the radio, we set this alarm clock on the buzzer mode. There are two different modes, the single beep or the double beep sounds. We have the double beep, since this matches what we were used to with our previous alarm clock.
My Thoughts on this Timex Alarm Clock
After using the Timex T715B AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Redi-Set Automatic Time Setting System for just three days, it is going back to the store. It sounded really great looking at the outside of the box, but there are several things that I absolutely hate about this alarm clock!
The large digital time display is too bright, even on the “dim” setting. It wakes me up at night, and is not nearly as dim as our previous alarm clock. When my husband set it up I asked him if the time display could be dimmed, and he replied “it is”. Strike one.
The snooze control allows us to get an extra nine minutes of sleep, compared to the five minutes from our old alarm clock. This is nearly twice as long as we are used, and I feel the time between the alarms when hitting “snooze” is too long. Strike two.
Last, as far as I can see, the only purpose for the volume control would be if you desired to wake up to the radio, because the beeping is a crescendo alarm! I didn’t see this on the front of the box, but the side of the box does read “Gentle Wake-Up Crescendo Alarm”. I didn’t see that when I bought this alarm clock, and I guess I should have inspected the box more thoroughly. I saw that there were dual alarms with volume control and assumed it worked like our old alarm clock did. When this reaches its peak, there is nothing “gentle” about it.
We are light sleepers and the volume control on our previous alarm clock was set on the lowest setting. This Timex T715B AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Redi-Set Automatic Time Setting System has an alarm that starts out at about that same volume, but it increases steadily until it makes you want to throw the clock across the room! Since my husband wakes up at 4:30, this crescendo alarm also wakes me up as well. Strike three.
There are some great features, such as the long life 3V lithium back up battery, but replacing the battery requires the use of a screwdriver, unlike our previous model which has a snap in place battery compartment cover.
It has a feature that resets all of your times and alarm settings in the event of a power failure. The clock will reset itself to the initial default settings when power is restored. There is the chance, however, that you can experience a total memory loss.
All of these nice features do not make up for what I dislike about this model. It was a reasonable price, retailing for $22.99, but it is going back to the store today.
Before deciding to return this alarm clock, I called customer service via the toll free number displayed on the box. I was greeted to sneezing and coughing, the representative didn’t even answer the phone. There was silence until I asked, “Is anyone there?”
I was told that there was nothing I could do about the crescendo alarm, it was designed that way and it could not be changed or adjusted. Color me unimpressed with customer service as well.