The Perfect Alarm Clock
It is becoming very hard to find something simple in this world.
Beside the lack of a snooze button (otherwise I would just keep turning it off for 9 minutes every morning between 6 and 9), here’s what I think my perfect alarm clock should have:
- a digital clock (the mechanical ticking noise makes me become Hulk),
- a display I could turn off once the time is set (I have already way too much LEDs in my room),
- a progressive buzzer (so that I can wake up without feeling like somebody is shouting at me).
Here’s what I found out:
- you just can’t find an alarm without a snooze button,
- a display can’t be turned off in this world,
- you can forget about digital alarm that doesn’t do radio (which means you have extra buttons for tuning, presets, FM/AM, extra antenna cable and everything),
- you need to physically move to a real store in the outside world to listen to the actual sound of the buzzer,
- almost every alarm clock I found was plain ugly,
- people give 4 stars out of 5 to alarms they judge as too complicated to use and not loud enough to wake them up.
I ended up with the Philips Some-Letters-Followed-By-Random-Numbers:
It has an auto-dimming display (that you can’t actually turn off) and a sweet progressive buzzer, but in the end, it’s just a big fat digital display on a radio tuner with a snooze button.