Back in October, it was our new radio alarm clock. Despite its relatively high price tag, it wasn’t much good at its job.
That’s it on the left. It looks quite stylish with its mirrored finish through which the digital clock digits shine, but that is about as good as it gets.
It is an analogue radio with a basic tuning dial that is hard to get just right and easy to knock off station. But the worst thing is the volume which isn’t very loud even when turned up to the max.
That last point is quite important in an alarm clock. Either it fails to wake me at all and when it does, I’m likely to doze off again because the volume just isn’t insistent enough.
Christmas seemed like an opportunity to cut my losses with another new radio alarm which I wrapped as a present for Mrs P, although in truth it was for both of us.
It was £5 cheaper than the Philips, but gets great reception because it has a DAB radio. For the same reason, tuning stations isn’t a problem as it does it automatically, as well as setting the time.
More to the point, it’s loud enough to wake me even on three-quarters of its maximum volume setting.
But like everything, it has a major drawback. The numbers on the clock are quite small and not particularly bright so I can’t read them with or without my glasses.
And that’s where the sad solution comes in. We now have the DAB radio by the bedside and the old one on the other side of the room. In other words, one that is loud enough to hear and the other that shows the time big and bright enough to read.
Is this yet another sign of the ageing process?