Towards the top is a largish blue backlit LCD screen. The backlight can be turned dimmed or turned off by pressing the Snooze button that sits at the top, or ‘Repeat Alarm’ as Philip calls it. Once set, the time and date is displayed large and cleanly, along with indicators for whether the two alarms are active.
Set flush in each corner are buttons for setting the two alarms – just hold down and wait for the beep. Adjustments to set the time and the alarms are made by the rather small buttons set round the dock. Also located here are buttons for switching between the tuner, the auxiliary input and the dock.
There are a number of buttons running down the sides as well. On the left is the power button, beneath this is the button for setting the time and underneath this there’s a slider switch for choosing whether you want to wake up to music from the dock, the tuner or a buzzer. The latter two ensure this is still useful as an alarm without an iPod or GoGear present. The five buttons running down the right hand side are presets for the FM tuner.
Adding to the sense that this is a complete product is a small but smart remote control. The main Play/Pause button has a shiny silver surround and it also sports a Mute button, which isn’t present on the body of the main unit. As you might expect you can skip tracks on your player with the remote and move between radio stations. The remote felt good in the hand and the buttons, while rubbery were better than some. Unfortunately, the main Play/Pause on our remote stopped responding, which was a shame – the others were all fine though.
While I was impressed by the look, feel and ease of use I wasn’t expecting too much in terms of sound quality – it’s just a clock radio after all. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s rated at 12W RMS – 6W per speaker. I was surprised to find that there are actually two speakers behind the grille, so it is technically stereo, even though they’re so close together it’s virtually mono. However, by having two speakers it does make the sound output truer to the source.