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Exactset™ Automatically Adjusting Atomic Travel Alarm Clock

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Equipped with a radio receiver tuned to the U.S. Atomic Clock, this travel alarm clock keeps time with split-second accuracy by automatically adjusting, if necessary, to the Atomic Clock's signals six times every 24 hours. The Atomic Clock, operated … see full wiki

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Designed by a committee on LSD

  • Jun 10, 2005
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The backlighting on this clock really is beautiful, but it has too many mystery features to be a good travelling clock. You will really have to take the owner's manual with you wherever you go, if for no other reason than to figure out the three letter abbreviations for 130 cities, e.g. 'ANT' = Antananarivo, Madagascar and 'LOS' = Lagos, Nigeria.

Various mystery features:

* You would think something called a 'rotary knob' that is shaped like a little wheel would actually turn. Not on this clock. It is actually a switch with two settings. It almost did me in when I was going through the owner's manual and trying to set the clock. My husband finally had to intervene as I was about to flush Mr. Atomic Travel Alarm Clock down the toilet.

* Then there was the '58' that appeared on the clock face. I finally figured it was the default year when the clock kept insisting that the day of the week was Sunday, instead of Thursday. Why would the year default to '58'? Are the manufacturers using something other than the Gregorian Calendar?

* There is something in the owner's manual called the 'Hourly Chime function,' but nowhere does it say how turn it on or off. The last thing I want in my luggage as it is passing through airport security is a clock that beeps at the beginning of each hour.

* Why in the world would someone design a clock display where one whole corner is taken up by a map of the U.S. Time Zones?

* Don't use the alarm on/off button to turn off the alarm buzzer, unless you want to reset the alarm time every time you use it. I still haven't figured out how to turn off the buzzer without losing the alarm setting.

* The owner's manual is the biggest mystery feature of all. Almost a whole page is taken up with a list of abbreviations for days of the week in various languages, but nowhere does it tell how to turn off the alarm buzzer without having to reset the alarm time.

P.S. Be sure and take a 'blunt stylus' with you on your travels in case you have to push the reset button when 'the unit is operating in an unfavorable way.'

P.P.S. The reset button is behind the batteries in the battery compartment and is smaller than the head of a pin (I am not making this up).

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