The message board and pen are my favorite parts to this alarm clock. My marker worked just fine and the message came out lovely. It is gorgeous when it lights up, but you can see every single finger print, so make sure you try and not touch the message board at all after you have written on it, or any time for that matter.
There is a slot to plug in a power cord, but they don't give you one, so unless you have an extra power cord, you are going to be using 3 AAA batteries that aren't included. Even with the batteries, this thing does not light up very long. Which gets very frustrating, when you are trying to set all the different things that this provides.
The buttons are very small, so if you have big fingers, plan on setting it with something else like a pen cap. The directions aren't very clear, because they are only translated into our language from...Chinese maybe. Somethings are a bit hard to follow. It took me 3 days to figure it out. I would get mad and then go back to it until I finally figured out the instructions.
Some of the settings, I have figured out, are the time, the date, and the alarms. I am still not so sure about the temp. I have tried and tried to figure out where that icon is but still haven't. I was super excited to find out that it had a birthday celebration setting. You put in your birthday and then it plays you happy birthday and the icon stays on all day. I excitedly started to go through the numbers, and found that it only goes back to 2000. I guess the rest of us don't get to celebrate our birthdays with this clock.
The preset alarm sounds, are decent. There are a few common ones that you will know what they are once you hear them. The only problem with the alarm sounds, is the fact that they are so low, they wouldn't wake up anyone. There is no volume, so you can't turn them up either. So basically this alarm clock, is good for telling you the time and date.
As I said earlier, I want to love this thing so badly. I gave it 3 stars for the message board alone. It was my favorite part when I bought this alarm clock, and it still is. It works perfectly, even if the rest of the clock is lacking. They need to do a full overhaul of this product. It's ok now, but it could be awesome!
Head on over to the Digital Temperature Message Board Alarm Clock product page on Amazon. From there you can find out more about this clock, see what other people are saying about it, and you can take the plunge and buy one for yourself.
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