Aaronplane - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
This is trash. Probably the only positive thing I can say about it is that the clock and radio work, in that they keep time. But so would a $3 watch from 1986, and it wouldn't cost $40.
The display is bright, but so is the sun. What you want to do is read what's on the display, and all of the LED segments are poorly differentiated; it's like the display on some knock-off junk you'd get at a flea market. They could have easily made all the segments larger to use up more of the LED display, but it's just a giant field of bright blue (blue!!) with faint black lines.
The main reason we bought this was because of the radio, so let's cover that: somehow, literally every other radio I've used in the last 10 years sounds better than this. There's hums, crackles, and all kinds of noise that do not get filtered out, at all. To say nothing of how awful the tuning works on it. There is no physical dial for tuning, and using the buttons to tune either moves it .1 Hz (even though most radio stations are on the odd decimals, so you're hitting that button twice as often as you need to), or else waiting the 2 seconds it takes to scan to the next station. If you live in an area with a lot of radio stations, that means it takes about 2 minutes to get from 105.5 to 90.5. Somehow every other radio in the world handles this better, congrats on plumbing the depths.
The sound itself is deplorable. For being as large as it is, you'd think it would have a decent-sized speaker, with a moderate frequency response. NOPE. It's a paper cone that is about 2" across. I've heard better sound from the leakage out of the headphones of the guy sitting next to me on the train.
The main reason we got this was for the line-in audio. We wanted something we could plug a phone/tablet into and get a decent amount of sound. Well, even that is a waste. When all they needed to do was run the audio circuit directly from the line-in to an amp-on-chip to the speaker, somehow they managed to introduce a ton of noise and interference. It makes it sound like everything is coming in over AM radio. This was intended to be an improvement over just blasting podcasts/streaming music out of the tablet/phone of choice, but between this interference and the terrible speaker, just blasting sound out of even my extremely cheap nokia smartphone sounds worlds better than this. I'm not exaggerating, playing the audio straight out of my PHONE sounds way, way better than this.
I haven't used the usb connection on the back but I wouldn't be surprised if they found a way to make that not work too.