PROS / The ICFC1 alarm clock doubles as a radio, so you can wake up to your favorite radio station.
CONS / This alarm clock’s backup battery only keeps the time settings. It does not alarm when operating on battery.
VERDICT / Sony’s clock radio is both an accurate and dependable alarm clock. With a built-in radio, you can wake up to either a progressive alarm or music.
The Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio has several advanced features but still maintains its usability. You can wake up to your choice of alarm sound, use a sleep timer that plays music while you drift off to sleep and adjust the snooze time increments.
When testing the accuracy of this alarm clock, we found that it kept a precise time. We also tested to see if the alarm went off when it was set to and if the adjusted snooze time was accurate and found that the alarm was exact each time.
This alarm clock radio has several features that make it easy to use. While you have to manually set the time and alarm, the clock automatically adjusts for daylight saving time. With two alarm options, a buzzer and radio, you can wake up to either your favorite radio station or a progressive alarm. The alarm clock’s radio is analog and only has one preset. You can adjust the brightness of the alarm clock’s large display screen so that it does not disrupt your sleep during the night.
Using the sleep timer, you can play music while you drift off to sleep, and we found that it turns off after the set amount of time. The alarm clock also allows you to extend the snooze time, and you can use the snooze for an hour before the alarm resets for the next day.
This battery alarm clock has a CR2032 backup battery. During a power outage, the battery maintains the clock’s time and alarm settings. However, the clock does not alarm while operating on a battery. It also doesn’t display the temperature or date, which can be a useful feature.
Sony offers a one-year warranty on this alarm clock. You can contact customer service via phone, email or live chat. When we contacted the company by email, we found that representatives responded quickly, within a day or two. You can also access the user manual for this product on Sony’s support page.
The Sony Alarm Clock Radio is both an effective alarm clock and good radio. While the radio is analog and only has one preset station, the speakers project clear music. With several ease of use features and some advanced features like the sleep timer, this is one of the best alarm clocks we reviewed.