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TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio

An alarm clock radio so smart, it sets—and resets—itself.


A smarter way to tell time.
  • Plug it in and select your time zone—the clock does the rest
  • Remembers alarm settings
  • Automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings Time
  • Soft backlight with easy-to-ready, big-digit display
  • Five backlight settings
  • Fumble-free, easy-to-see alarm buttons
  • Dual crescendo alarms wake you gradually
  • Digital AM/FM radio has six station presets
  • Auxiliary port for headphones, MP3 and CD players
  • "Sleep to" timer lets you fall asleep to your favorite music
Brookstone's TimeSmart™ self-setting alarm clock radio never needs setting—or resetting. Just plug it in and select your time zone.
It automatically sets the right time, and resets after power outages or unplugging. The extra long-life battery back-up system lasts five years, so the time will always be accurate, even through numerous power interruptions. Plus, the clock adjusts to six time zones, and auto-adjusts for Daylight Savings Time.

This clock radio lets you fall asleep and wake up to your favorite music. And it's loaded with user-friendly features!
Features a digital AM/FM radio with six station presets and an auxiliary port for headphones, MP3 and CD players. Fumble-free pop-up alarm button is easy to find first thing in the morning. Dual crescendo alarms with snooze wake you gradually and let you set two separate wake-up times. The easy to read display has an adjustable backlight with five settings to choose from: High, Medium, Low, Dim or Off.

Give yourself one less thing to worry about, and get an easy-to-use alarm clock that sets and resets itself—get a TimeSmart™ alarm clock radio from Brookstone® today.
TimeSmart Self Setting Alarm Clock Radio
TimeSmart Self Setting Alarm Clock Radio
TimeSmart Self Setting Alarm Clock Radio
TimeSmart Self Setting Alarm Clock Radio

TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio

607960p

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TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio
 
4.0

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (51)
  • Good volume (44)
  • Reliable (39)
  • Great features (36)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

  • Difficult to set (8)
  • Unreliable (5)
  • Unattractive design (3)

Best Uses

  • Anywhere (23)
  • Master bedroom (7)
  • Home (5)
  • Children's bedroom (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (35), Enthusiast (20), Power user (11), Midrange shopper (7), Casual reader (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (70)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

remembers settings (not an atomic clock)

First and foremost, this is NOT an atomic clock. (Even Brookstone employees seem misled on this point.) It does not reset itself according to some master clock elsewhere in the universe. It...Read complete review

First and foremost, this is NOT an atomic clock. (Even Brookstone employees seem misled on this point.) It does not reset itself according to some master clock elsewhere in the universe. It simply has a battery backup and a lock switch for the time/date setting. The unit arrives with the current time preset at the factory; it can be adjusted as needed. Mine was off by 3 minutes, and this was easily corrected. The battery backup remembers the preset/locked time/date and all your radio/alarm/display settings. (Note that the date does not display, it's only used to determine DST.)

Second, if process for setting the unit is confusing, read the manual. I figured it out on my own in just a few minutes. It's not *exactly* like every other alarm clock radio out there but it's not difficult to use, either.

Third, the display is bright. The time and alarm readouts are crisp and easy to read. There are five brightness settings (HIGH/MED/LOW/DIM/OFF). Even DIM is as bright as one of our blue-green-glow electroluminescent type nightlights. It's fine if you live in a place with lots of light pollution, but too jarring if you like your bedroom dark as a cave. Thankfully there is an OFF setting, and the display can be toggled on at any time for a few seconds by slapping the snooze bar - this is the setting I like best. In OFF mode, the display comes on at LOW when the alarm sounds or during Snooze.

Oddly enough, though the OFF display is completely blank in the dark, you can actually see the time/display during the daytime due to how the light reflects off it (albeit, faint). A extra-extra-dim setting would be nice though.

The snooze bar is a bit stiff but that's ok. It's up front, narrow but wide, and serves its purpose well.

I love the dual alarms and how they are each activated by a pop-up button - easy to see or to find by touch, especially for resetting (i.e., instead of snoozing). The alarms on the display are only for the activated alarms, which prevents me from setting the wrong one for the next day.

The radio function works fine, even with the antenna still coiled up. Better, in fact, than my old alarm clock, which didn't seem to like that particular spot on my nightstand for adequate reception. The volume wheel is located on the side.

I have not tried the buzzer mode for the alarm.

There is a switch on the bottom for DST, which I greatly appreciate. Also tucked on the bottom are settings for the various US time zones, which is not particularly useful since this unit isn't really sized for travel. Overall, it's sturdy and won't tip over when hitting the snooze bar.

Last of all, manufacturing quality control may not be very good. The LCD display on two units didn't work properly out of the box, so I had to exchange for another unit.

I am very happy with this purchase - it has all the features I wanted and is very easy to use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good features but beware of HUM

This radio has some really nice ergonomic design features. Each of the two alarms is enabled by a large tactile push-button, making it easy to see if the alarm is set. When an...Read complete review

This radio has some really nice ergonomic design features. Each of the two alarms is enabled by a large tactile push-button, making it easy to see if the alarm is set. When an alarm is enabled, the alarm time and mode is automatically displayed so you can double check quickly to see if your alarm settings are what you intend. The clock numerals are large, and the backlight has 4 levels of brightness plus completely off, so it's easy to set the light level to your liking. Other nice additions: aux input and headphone out (but see below).
If this unit has a serious flaw, it is the very noticeable hum coming from the speaker whenever the radio is on (FM, AM or aux). I like to wake to radio as my alarm mode, and since the radio is right next to my bed, a low volume setting is sufficient to wake me. Unfortunately, with this radio I hear more hum than actual radio sound at low volume settings. The source of the problem is the cheap power supply that comes with the radio. It's one of those "wall wart" blackboxes that plugs directly into your wall outlet and which provides the low DC voltage to run the clock and radio. Problem is, these power supplies are very poorly filtered, meaning some of the 60Hz alternating voltage from the wall makes it to the speaker. The hum is much worse if the clock backlight is set on high. The sad thing is that for the cost of an additional 50 cents in parts, this radio could have been designed to properly filter out this annoying hum. Maybe someone at Brookstone will ask their radio supplier about this and get it designed right next time.
Regarding the auto-setting clock: it does NOT synchronize to an atomic clock by way of a satellite (as my Brookstone clerk claimed). It merely has an internal battery that keeps the clock going when it's not plugged in. The factory-set time is close to correct, and you can correct it with a little hassle if you require an exact time setting.
Bottom line: nice clock, but if you are at all concerned about the quality of audio sound, particularly at low volumes, pass on this unit.

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5.0

Never miss daylight savings again

By connie on time

from FL

About Me Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To See Alarm Button
  • Easy To Set
  • Good Volume
  • Great Features
  • Large Alarm Press Button
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere

    Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

    I don't want to stress about an alarm clock. I want it to know what time it is, I want it to shut off with one easy push, and I want to be able to see the time without putting on my glasses. This one does it all.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Timemart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio

    By WMBEERMAN

    from HOLIDAY, FL

    About Me Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Set
    • Good Volume
    • Great Features
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

      Easy to use!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      well said and applicable description

      By jim c

      from Fitchburg,MA

      About Me Power User

      Pros

      • Easy To Set
      • Good Volume
      • Great Features
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Very Compact And Workable

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

      nice reliable alarm clock and radio thats well built

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      2.0

      Packed up to return

      By Sad at Brookstone's Fail

      from Valencia, CA

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

            Searched hard for an alarm clock with an AM radio for my wife--she like to wake to news. She showed me this one at Brookstone online. I went to the store and after struggling to get the Christmas help who couldn't figure out that they should tell me this was an online only item I finally left the store and discovered myself. Shipping was slow--took a solid week and arrived on Christmas Eve night. When we set it up we found out that the AM reception is so poor that we just can't use it. All around it may be my last Brookstone purchase. We're taking it back to the store so I don't have to waist another $8 on shipping.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            1.0

            Not good

            By Bill

            from Westchester NY

            About Me Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

              • Unattractive Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                At night the BRIGHT BLUE DISPLAY lights up the entire room making is very difficult to sleep. There is no feature to dim the display. I have to take the device and turn upside down so the display is facing the top of the night stand. I would not recommend this purchase. Very poor design. Save your money and don't buy it

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                looks good and sets itself.

                By Bug L.

                from Chicago IL

                About Me Casual User

                Pros

                • Easy To Set
                • Good Volume
                • Great Features

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anywhere

                  Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                  The self setting feature is why I purchased it. Hope it lives up to that as the next time change doesn't happen for a few months.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  4.0

                  TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio

                  By twice

                  from Cedar Knolls, NJ

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Good Volume
                  • Great Features
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Set

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                    Only complicated instruction is the PRESETs. I tried several times to set them before having success.
                    Otherwise I like the entire unit & its capabilities.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    1.0

                    I wouldn't buy this product again

                    By Jay

                    from Norwell, ma

                    About Me Casual User

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                      I bought this as a gift for my husband. He lokes to listen to radio at night the radio reception was t
                      Terrible especially for the am stations

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      5.0

                      This product was exactly what I wanted

                      By Joanie

                      from Fort Myers, FL

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set
                      • Great Features
                      • Perfect size
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Getting Me Up

                        Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                        I am happy with this clock and it fills all my needs.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Broke Out-of-the-Box

                        By Grandpa

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        About Me Casual User

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about TimeSmart Self-Setting Alarm Clock Radio:

                            Not so great at all. The No. 1 Alarm button did not function right out-of-the-box!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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