Pros / You can project the current time and temperature on the ceiling above your bed.
Cons / The alarm buzzer is not very loud.
Verdict / This alarm clock has several convenient features, but is not very loud or durable.
The La Crosse Technology Projection Alarm Clock is the only model we tested that has an outdoor temperature sensor. You can place it up to 300 feet away from the clock, and it will send temperature information wirelessly. It also has a projection feature you can use to display the time and temperature on a wall or the ceiling in your bedroom. This may be a distraction for some people, so you can turn the projection on and off by pressing a button on the back panel.
This alarm clock syncs to the atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado, so once you select your time zone, you never have to set the time or adjust for daylight saving time. If you live in a state that doesn’t observe daylight saving time, you can turn that adjustment feature off.
One feature this La Crosse alarm clock is missing is a weekday and weekend alarm mode. That means you have to manually turn off the alarm or change the settings if you don’t want to wake up on the weekend at the same time you normally do on a weekday. It’s also missing features like dual alarms and an adjustable snooze.
The La Crosse Projection Alarm Clock showed no signs of functional damage in our durability tests. However, the glossy black case severely scuffed up when it fell onto hardwood and tile flooring. The large, backlit display is recessed enough that it shouldn’t crack if you bump it off the nightstand, unless the clock falls on a sharp object. The glossy finish also shows fingerprints and dust – if that bothers you, you may want to consider a clock with a matte black finish.
We pressed the alarm clock’s snooze button more than a hundred times with varying amounts of force, and this is one of the few clocks that suffered some physical damage in that test. The button got stuck and stopped snoozing the alarm. We did, admittedly, press the button harder than most people would, but we conducted the same test on all the alarm clocks in our test group and this was one of only two clocks that sustained functional damage, so we thought it was worth noting.
This alarm clock only has one alarm tone, and its progressive buzzer’s maximum volume is only 57.8 dB, making it the second-quietest alarm we tested. The alarm shuts off after two minutes of buzzing if you don’t hit the snooze button before then. The combination of a quiet alarm and automatic shutoff means it isn’t a good option if you have a hard time waking up.
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The La Crosse Technology alarm clock has a projector that displays both the time and outside temperature on your wall or ceiling. While it’s missing convenience features like a dual alarm, adjustable snooze and weekend mode, it helps you wake up and start the day right with all the information you need to prepare.