DBPower Alarm Clock 6/10

Among the technologies that haven’t changed much, few as they may be, alarm clocks have remained pretty consistent over the years. Sure, there was a period where a nail would be stuck into a candle to be released after the candle burned for a certain period of time, but since then there haven’t been many improvements that are amazingly innovative.

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That’s not to say there haven’t been people that try to make improvements, because from the ‘Sonic Boom Alarm Clock’ that vibrates your entire bed, to the recently Kick Starter funded SensorWake that wakes you up with smell, people have tried. To be honest, there are plenty of ideas I’m missing, like the clock that costs $.99 every time you snooze it, or the one that makes you solve a puzzle to shut it off.

While there are alternatives, the point is that a lot of these ideas are impracticable, or more novelty than anything else. So if you’re looking for an alarm clock that does what it’s designed to do – wake you up at a certain time – this product does that, and not much more.

The clock is USB charged, and can run for a full year (standby time) on one charge. Setting up the clock can be a bit of a pain at first, but if you read the directions it should be no problem.

The reason for the low score is that, yes it’s a good clock and it does what it’s supposed to, but alarm clocks are a dime a dozen. Each clock has different features and little things that separate them. The problem is that the price of this clock doesn’t warrant the (somewhat limited) features that accompany it.

You can set up to 3 alarms for a day, choose 5-day or 7-day options for when to wake you up (for weekdays or all week) and it has a light that you activate by touching the top (which is also how you snooze the clock).

The product works fine and does what it’s supposed to, my only complaint is the price, I just can’t see myself paying ~$17 for a clock when I can get one that does more for less.

You can find it on Amazon here.

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