• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looks and sound. That's about it, though...

    • Written by from Tooting

    The DC390/05 was given to me as a gift for Christmas2013.

    First impressions were great: Solid unit, well-built w/brushed aluminium buttons; sound quality is really good for the price; it's excellent way to de-clutter cables. I was very happy. Then started using it for real - and it doesn't seem to be built for real life!

    1. The Snooze button also controls LED brightness, which has 4 modes - bright, normal, dim, off. I like it on dim at night, for obvious reasons. However, when the alarm wakes you up and you hit snooze, the LED cycles to off. Useful.

    2. It can't keep the time. On first use, it time-synced with my iPhone 4S no problem. By the end of the next day, when I went to charge iPhone again, the time was 2 minutes out. It lost over 1 minute over 24 hours! Anyway, synced again. iPhone and iPad on charge this time. Woke up next day at what I thought was 930am, only to discover the clock had invented its own time. It was actually 845am. An alarm clock really should be able to keep the time.

    3. As others have mentioned, it's a real chore to get the iPad onto the dock - the spring-loaded connector reclines too much / isn't sufficiently upright to allow the iPad to easily slot into place.

    4. It's not possible to update firmware. You're stuck with any poor programming. Enjoy!

    I wrote to Philips about my issues. They say the product is not repairable, and no newer version exists (although I'm sure I read about a DC390/12 - the 'slash twelve' being the difference - maybe it's a regional thing?). I'm currently waiting to receive a proposal from them.

    If this product worked, it would be good.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    i like it

    • Written by from Austin

    its awesome that i can charge my iphone and ipad on it but the soung quality is not that good.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    a mixed bag

    • Written by from Dayton

    Pros:
    * great sound for its size
    * easy to set the time with iPhone
    * flexible alarm times, weekends and weekdays
    * two separate alarms
    * MP3/Aux input if you don't want to use the charging cradle
    * wake to a special "PHILLIPS" playlist on your iPhone

    Cons:
    * LED is too small to see more than 6 feet away
    * Not enough contrast on the LED screen
    * Using the iPad dock with my iPhone caused iPhone to reset

    A nice idea, undermined by a poorly executed LED screen that's too small, with poor contrast making it too hard to read from across a room. With bigger LED number size, this would be a 4-5 star product.

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