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aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock review

Andy Vandervell



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No one is especially keen on getting up in the morning, so anything that can make this unfortunately necessary task easier is probably a good thing. That's exactly what the aXbo Sleep Phase Clock proposes, but with a cost (including delivery) of 217 Euros, approximately £190. Yes, almost £200 for an alarm clock, so it's got to be seriously special to justify the cost.

While design alone won't convince, it's easy to see why the aXbo SPAC (an unfortunate acronym) has won a number of awards in this category. Its gloss white and silver finish, sculpted curves and symmetrical appearance is attractive to the eye and should sit well with modern decor.

This streamlined thinking is extended to the controls, which comprise a handy and easy to use scroll wheel and just two separate buttons for activating alarms and navigating menus. In the middle, meanwhile, is the LCD display. It's very easy to view in the light or shade and information is displayed in a tidy, logical manner.

All of which bodes well for the high-tech side of aXbo. You see, to help you feel fresh and ready to go in the morning, it measures your movements during the night and then wakes you at the best time up to 30 minutes before the 'latest' alarm time as decided by you. This, says aXbo, is so that you're only ever woken up at the ideal time for you, not when you're still in a deep sleep period that will cause you to feel groggy and tired.

How does it do this? In the box, along with the alarm clock, mains adapter and USB cable are two small plastic sensors and wristbands to match. When you go to bed you set your alarm and then activate the sensor, slipping it inside the wristband, which you'll have to be prepared to wear while you sleep. This measures your movements during the night, which the alarm clock then interprets to work out the sleep phase you are in. You only need wear one of the sensors, though, with the other provided so two people can use it at the same time.

In addition, using the USB cable provided, you can upload your sleep data to your PC and view it using aXbo's software tool. This can be downloaded from aXbo's website, which curiously demands that you register and enter your device's serial number. This particular feature could be really neat, but the software provides absolutely no insight into the data, rendering it somewhat pointless beyond finding out exactly how long you slept - hardly difficult to work out anyway.

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September 10, 2009, 6:31 pm


sorry ... ;-)


September 12, 2009, 4:01 pm

Forgive me for being rather dense this morning (lack of sleep!), but just to confirm: You set an alarm time, and then it wakes you up at some point up to (but no more than) 30 minutes before said time? OK then... I think I'll stick with my current routine - set an alarm clock for when I need to be up, set another alarm 30 minutes earlier, and get up between those times once I gather the motivation to do so. This costs a fair bit less than £200.

Thanks for the review. As you say, there's probably the seed of a good idea somewhere in here. While I'll be giving this a miss, I rather hope that lots of people with more money than sense do buy it, and that the money is reinvested to improve the technology. In a few years hopefully the new generation of high-tech alarms will actually do something useful and at a sensible price. Oh, and they really, really need to change the name of their product and of their company.


September 18, 2009, 8:56 pm

How does this wake up two people at different times? Unless the wrist attachment vibrates, surely the alarm with just wake up both?

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