A great idea but oh so poorly implemented. Unfortunately, the clock is so cheaply constructed, I've gone through two of these and am about to return the second one. The one of the buttons doesn't work on this one. The other had problems with the switch, one button and it didn't dim like it was supposed to.
(Posted on 1/9/13)
- Review by Claudine Govier
If Magellan's could find a manufacturer who could actually make a quality clock, they surely would have a winner with this concept.
This clock is great! It is light weight and easy to set. It is just an alarm clock - just what I wanted.
(Posted on 11/8/12)
I love this clock. It is incredibly easy to use and weighs virtually nothing. After you have hit the snooze button you can tuck in under your pillow until you actually feel like waking up. The light it great to see the clock but not so bright as to keep you awake. It is a great product and fits easily into the the electronics bag.
(Posted on 6/21/12)
I love this clock. I have two myself (one for next to the bed, in case the power goes out, as it does often here, and one in my suitcase) and just bought one for a relative who admired mine. The light goes on when lights go down, so you can see it without waking up enough to push a little button, and the numerals are big enough to see without glasses. (The only thing it is missing is a "nap" (not snooze) button that you click for 15-minute intervals without having to "set" the alarm time. Have seen this only on a clock I bought on an overseas flight.) Would love one of those, too. This one is silver so you can find it easily and it's very light. Just remember to turn off the "light on" function when you close it up or it drains the battery.
(Posted on 5/31/12)
Just loved this little Alarm clockl!!
(Posted on 5/12/12)
This clock does everything that it is supposed to except tell time. It gains 5 min. every day.
(Posted on 4/19/12)
I originally reviewed this clock probably 2 years ago. I was rather doubtful about it at the time. I was wrong, it has performed exactly as I had hoped it would. I VERY much like the fact that the light stays on all night, no need to touch a button in the dark. GREAT product! My orginal review is as follows: Great Concept, medicore performance By James D., WI • I purchased two, one was DOA, which I returned. The other was troublesome. This is NOT a high quality product, one gets what one pays for. I very much wanted the clock lit function, in that regard it was mostly successful, and reliable. At times it would not respond to changes via the buttons, whereas later it would. I thought the brightness of the light, and size of the numbers, were fine (without my glasses), whereas my wife still could not read it without hers, even though it was nearest her.
(Posted on 4/1/12)
I ordered two clocks. One arrived with a broken snooze button. Mailed it back and got a replacement. The replacement arrived with a broken light switch on the side. Both clocks have cheap plastic switches that feel like they will not last but a few weeks. We will probably send both back.
(Posted on 3/15/12)
Almost immediately upon use, the "slider" of the function switch fell out. Otherwise, I love the design of this clock: folds for travel protection; SENSES DARKNESS AND ILLUMINATES ALL NIGHT !!!! -- I am awaiting a replacement - I will have to be extra gentle with the switch in the future -- too bad construction isn't more durable. Easy to set and use.
(Posted on 3/15/12)
My first clock lost a significant number of minutes within a couple of weeks. I exchanged it for a second one. Customer service was great, but my second clock has gained 7 minutes in just one week. Buttons are small and the switch to set clock, alarm, time is tiny.
(Posted on 2/20/12)
Finally a clock that stays lit all night. I have been looking for that feature and am pleased with finding it. I also appreciate the compactness and light weight of the clock.
(Posted on 2/9/12)
After installing the battery, parts of each digital number was missing. Assuming it was a bad battery, I installed my own, new battery. Same thing happened..........as well as the fact that the light would not turn on (the reason I bought it in the first place). Wrapped it back up, filled out the exchange form, just asked for the same item, only in working condition, and sent it back via the USPS..........Over two weeks later and I have not heard one word back from Magellan. Guess I'm out the cost of the item AND the item, huh? Frequent cruiser who won't be using Magellan for travel items again, that's for sure!
(Posted on 2/2/12)
I am disappointed, the clock runs several mintues fast in a week. I am surprised as I thought electronics were perfected for tasks like keeping time. This is a $20 clock, but it looks really cheap. I would not buy it again.
(Posted on 1/27/12)
This little clock is a good size, has a pleasant alarm, and is easy to read when you push the light button on the front. However, the backlight feature isn't bright enough to read the clock without pushing the light button. That's a little disappointing.
(Posted on 1/26/12)
The clock is compact and the illumination works great. The clock did a great job for me on a recent cruise. I do have a few nits. First, the clock gains a couple of minutes each week. Not too bad if you are only using it for a few days at a time, but make sure you reset the time before each trip. Second, it is LOUD. while some may see this as a plus, I think you could get by with about half the current volume. Overall, it does the job.
(Posted on 1/19/12)
Received 2 clocks; both gained about 5 minutes every 2-3 weeks. Ordered 2 replacements thru Magallan's terrific customer service, but these have already gained 5 minutes after only 10 days.
(Posted on 12/30/11)
This is a good travel clock. My two complaints are: 1) the "light" is a switch on the side rather than an easy push bar on the top for momentary lighting; 2) it does not support 24hour time which I like to ensure I set alarm for AM.
(Posted on 12/15/11)
The only problem is with the control switch which is too small and not easy to manipulate.
(Posted on 12/1/11)
This clock has become my main traveling clock whether for a week-end or an extended trip. Its small, durable, lights up, easy to read, easy to set and time is accurate.
(Posted on 9/30/11)
Such a small clock with large enough number to read without your glasses! I have purchased two of these wonderful alarm clocks, one for myself and one as a gift. I appreciate the backlight, and the option of having it on or off.
(Posted on 7/14/11)
I purchased this to use for my trip to London. It worked fine, was easy to use and I would recommend it.
(Posted on 6/29/11)
I sleep better when traveling if I can read the time without having to push any buttons and/or put on my glasses. I carried around a plug-in alarm clock because I couldn't find one that stayed lit all night and had a readout that was large enough for me to read. This has been a great clock for me--I just open one eye and know how long I have before I have to get up.
(Posted on 5/14/11)
I LOVE this clock. It seems so light that it might be cheaply made, but it has really done well for several large trips we have taken. I LOVE the fact that there is a back light at night. That's why I bought it in the first place! At night, you, of course, remember to turn on that back light. But the annoying thing is you have to turn it OFF in the morning, or bring a lot of extra batteries! It becomes habit after 3 mornings, but wish it could be light sensitive instead of making me do it!
(Posted on 3/21/11)
This was purchased to replace an older version of the Magellan's travel clock which had seen much use. We are pleased.
(Posted on 1/5/11)
We like the clock although it is a little hard to set. It will be interesting to see how long the batteries last since we are using it as an everyday bedside clock.
(Posted on 12/9/10)
This clock was perfect for our recent overseas trip. Lightweight, lighted and small size were the features we liked.
(Posted on 11/14/10)
The first clock I received was defective. Magellan's immediately sent me another clock that I received in just two days which was important since I was leaving in a few days. The clock is perfect and having the light helps to be able to read the numbers at night.
(Posted on 10/1/10)
This is the first travel clock with an alarm loud enough to hear without hearing aids. Easy to use. Light enough for carryon luggage. A winner.
(Posted on 9/20/10)
The auto sensing backlight that stays on all night works great and the portable size but large screen makes this a great travel clock. Hotel clocks can be way too bright or hard to read by a second person on the other side of the bed. We bought 2 and no longer need the hotel clock.
(Posted on 8/4/10)
I have returned a number of travel alarms because I can't hear the alarm due to hearing loss. I can hear this one and am so happy to have found it. It's compact, easy to set and numbers are large...easy to see at night.
(Posted on 7/24/10)
It worked great. Hardest part was getting the back off for the Battery. A good light weight alarm clock.
(Posted on 7/22/10)
No frills, but hits all the important needs. Settings are easy to figure out. It folds back into itself so the controls are protected for traveling. The alarm was loud enough to wake us. Has an iluminated face for easy reading during night. Numbers are pretty large, so eyeglass wearers may like it.
(Posted on 6/25/10)
Great product! It is exactly what I wanted. The only one I could find where the light stays on and the brightness is just right. Lightweight and easy to use, also.
(Posted on 6/3/10)
lovely little clock!
(Posted on 5/20/10)
I purchased this clock as a way to see the time at night without my glasses. It is easy to find the right button to press to illuminate the time, and the numbers are large enough for me. The clock itself is small enough, too. I put it under my pillow at night so I don't have to reach for it on the nightstand.
(Posted on 5/13/10)
Seems good. Have only tested it at home and I heard it. Bought it for its increasing sound level. DO NOT like having to struggle to get batteries in. That part is poorly designed. I like its size and weight.
(Posted on 5/7/10)
I find this alarm clock lightweight, easy to pack and fresh looking. The only problem I have is with the button that sllides to set and turn off the alarm. It does not line up so well with the lines which indicate time, alarm set. Also, it is very sensitive so that sometimes I think it is set and I have turned it off. Otherwise, very nice.
(Posted on 5/6/10)
This is a great little clock, so light weight and compact, yet easy to read, even at night. The settings are easy to change and the alarm is accurate.
(Posted on 4/22/10)
I remove the cover with a tiny knife and pry it open thus damaging the sides of the compartment . HOwever, it still works . I did not expect a battery inside which is dead; the brochure says battery not included.
(Posted on 3/25/10)
I love the alarm clock. We took it on a cruise, where there is VERY limited plug ins. It is the ONLY clock that I found that is lite up without having to push a button. As well as the size is awesome. I would encourage everyone to have one for traveling.
(Posted on 3/24/10)
After using my new Smart Lite Travel Alarm Clock for the first time, it performed well. It is conveniently portable with an optional light sensor to adapt properly to any lighting situation. My only disappointment was those tiny, little buttons and sliding selector. They were too small and therefore too difficult to operate easily. I almost needed a toothpick to set the clock. Please design larger buttons, and this will deserve the label: Best Travel Alarm Clock. Right now, it's only Good.
(Posted on 3/11/10)
Hotels have been upgrading their room alarm clocks to devices that play CDs, accommodate iPods, have dual wake times, and make a noise like a babbling brook to send you to sleep. The net result is that every time I check into a hotel I have to learn how to operate a new type of electronic device and it can be quite complicated, even if all you want to do is set the alarm to go off at 6 am. On a trip about a month ago, I guessed wrong on how to set the alarm, it didn't go off, and I woke up late for a meeting. That's when I decided I needed to pack my own alarm clock. I bought the Smart Lite travel alarm, which is a digital clock, and the Mini-Time travel alarm, which is an analog clock. Why buy two? Because I need a loud alarm, something both clocks claimed to have, and I wanted to check for myself which was loud enough to wake me up every time (I don't want to miss any more meetings). After testing both to wake me up at home, the Smart Lite seemed the clear winner for having the loudest alarm. I have now used it on several business trips and it is the perfect solution to the hotel clock problem: I no longer have to spend 20 minutes figuring out how to set the hotel clock alarm. The Smart Lite travel alarm has a 4-position slider switch for time set, alarm set, alarm on and alarm off; this is about as simple to use as an alarm clock gets. It is so small and lightweight that I've started carrying it on board the plane in my small briefcase - along with my reading glasses, magazine and snack - so I can check the amount of time before we land, since I don't wear a watch and the flight crews rarely make such announcements. What about the other alarm clock I bought at the same time - the little square analog clock with the glow-in-the-dark numbers and a design that looks like it was made in the 1950's? I don't use it for travel, but it makes a perfect clock for my home office desk, and I love this clock's retro look.
(Posted on 2/25/10)
I love this clock; it's small so travels well, and lights up on demand. In hotels, either the clock is on the wrong side of the bed or the numbers are so bright I have to turn it away from me. Now I have a great alternative!
(Posted on 2/25/10)
Small, compact, easy to set and use. Light works well and numbers easy to read. Will take little room in suitcase. The alarm is clearly heard. Not good if you do NOT want to wake the other person in the room.
(Posted on 2/3/10)
I'm 75, have "elder" eyesight, am electronically-challenged (!) and am taking an Antarctica cruise in 2 months. This little alarm clock has large numbers, is a cinch to set (including the alarm), and is even easy to re-set for new time zones. It's tiny, but can still stand upright on a bedside table and easily be read with its light (the light bar CAN be quickly found in the dark and turned on). This clock is EXACTLY what I was looking for, and it's going with me on every trip from now on!.
(Posted on 12/24/09)
This has to be the best travel clock ever. The cover keeps it safe inside the luggage and the buttons from being pushed. When opened, it stands up nicely on the table and I love the automatic backlight feature. I don't have to turn on a light or push a button to see the time, and I can turn off the feature to save the battery. It's also loud enough to wake me up if I'm wearing earplugs in a noisy hotel! I've already given one as a gift.
(Posted on 10/3/09)
I purchased two, one was DOA, which I returned. The other was troublesome. This is NOT a high quality product, one gets what one pays for. I very much wanted the clock lit function, in that regard it was mostly successful, and reliable. At times it would not respond to changes via the buttons, whereas later it would. I thought the brightness of the light, and size of the numbers, were fine (without my glasses), whereas my wife still could not read it without hers, even though it was nearest her.
(Posted on 9/29/09)
Great buy! I love the fact that it has a cover so when I travel the buttons are not pushed. Keeps great time, but did not change time zones automatically which I thought it would.
(Posted on 8/20/09)
I have bought more than 1 travel clock that said it would light up in the dark. This one does that without having to find a button to press and inadvertently setting the alarm to go off at 3am. Its small, light and the numbers are large enough to read. What a great product and excellent value!
(Posted on 8/6/09)
The first one only displayed half the numerals, but it was replaced in just a couple days with no questions asked. It's easy to set,, but I won't know how well it functions till after July 29 I'm looking forward to using it.
(Posted on 7/3/09)
Small, easy to travel with. At one point in the trip the light up feature stopped working, I assumed the batteries were going low, but a few days later it started working again.
(Posted on 6/20/09)
The clock did its job every morning once I figured out that there are a.m. and p.m. settings on it. I like how lightweight it is, and the price was quite reasonable.
(Posted on 6/20/09)
This is the perfect alarm clock for traveling. It keeps accurate time and the numbers are easy to read. The auto on lighted display is a great feature. I am in the process of buying more!Dave D. Bristol, CT
(Posted on 6/16/09)
Finally a digital travel clock that stays illuminated. Small profile for easy travel.
(Posted on 4/1/09)
I like the light weight and small size and the rotating cover, but the bar to select modes tends to slide out of its track; there is too little space between the modes so it is difficult to select one; and the mark on the bar doesn't line up exactly with the marks indicating modes. I'm afraid this little piece of plastic is going to fall off! The battery cover is also very difficult to open; I had to ask a friend to open it. I almost sent it back.
(Posted on 3/12/09)
It works well enough except the light is too dim. Possibly, your suppliers can eventually remedy this condition when they work on upgrades.Thank you, Leroy M. Rey
(Posted on 3/5/09)
We bought this for our granddaughter and her soon-to-be husband for their honeymoon cruise. This is perfect to carry in your pocket or purse because its tiny and light. The numbers are easy to read and the fact that it lights automatically at night is a bonus. Having been on many cruises, we know there is no clock in the room and feel confident it will be put to good use. I only wish I had bought one for myself!
(Posted on 2/26/09)
This clock has everything you need for travel. I like the screen lit at night and the controls covered for traveling. One thing I did not like is the fact it is so thin it falls over easily when you bump the night stand or bed frame.
(Posted on 1/28/09)
This clock, used as a bedside timepiece, is terrific. The time is easy to read in the dark. My only suggestion for improvement would be to replace the snooze alarm feature with one that would turn the alarm off once and for all, but leave the alarm already set for the next day.
(Posted on 1/21/09)
Was looking for a small travel alarm clock. I cant telll you how perfect this clock is,for starters its case is connected to it so you cant lose the case. 2nd its pretty loud even for a deaf sleepers like me. and its really great option is when you switch to sensor mode at night the light stays on dim but definately enough to see it at nite, what else do need in alarm clock. I'lI use for my home now, and take it with me whenIi travel.
(Posted on 1/21/09)
Most important: operates as advertised. Further: An easy-to-use, economical travel alarm that does remain visible (if you set it to do so) throughout the night. It's self-cover is very convenient -- you just fold up and toss in your suitcase. Lacks some "bells" and "whistles" of other travel alarms, but its price is only 1/3 to 1/2 what you'd pay for them. This is an attractive, cost-effective choice.
(Posted on 11/28/08)