Charge your USB devices while you listen to the radio with this Memorex MC8431 alarm clock radio that features 2 USB ports for simple connectivity. The battery backup ensures your alarm settings are retained during power outages.
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Alarm volume control
Posted by: Laura from: on
I wanted a small clock radio and this one seemed to fit the bill. I was disappointed when I actually plugged it in and tried to use it. I set the alarm to wake to radio, and was surprised that I was unable to lower the volume below a preset mark of 15. The radio volume went from 0-32 and a comfortable waking volume for me would be 9, so why is the lowest the alarm can be set at is 15? It was shockingly loud and thankfully I tested it on a weekend, not a week day when I get up at 4:45 am while my husband sleeps til 6:30 am. I had read all the reviews and I don't recall anyone mentioning this issue, maybe everyone else needs a loud alarm. This clock is being returned.
24 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Very good buy!
Posted by: ZombiesReverywhere from: San Antonio, TX on
Although Memorex is not known (to me) to provide stereo equipment, this little gem of an alarm clock/radio is really very good even if it's priced a little high. To me, I was looking for a clock radio that
1- wasn't too bright - it has variable display intensity settings
2- wasn't too big - the unit is smaller than a half a loaf of bread
3- but big enough to have a large display #I'm near sighted)
4- had an AUX or Line-In port
5- had decent stereo sound
6- bonus points if a phone or iPod could be attached to play music.
Well?!? -------->>> JACK POT.
Negatives? The low/weak battery symbol keeps blinking unless you put in batteries. I put in some unused batteries and the battery symbol kept blinking. Arggg. I even tested my unused batteries and they test as "GOOD" condition. So I will have to go buy some NEW fresh and maybe expensive upgraded AAA-type batteries to install. Hopefully that will remove that tacky blinky battery symbol.
A N D ,
I am REALLY impressed with the sound quality from a less than expensive alarm clock/radio. There is a decent speaker on each side of the housing and they play full and loud. The unit's button are intuitive to set the clock and alarm. Of course directions are included, but who reads those? . . . besides me.
The snooze is a big button at the bottom of the top side and is easy to find when half asleep. The clock also gives you the option of military time or civilian time [24/12 hr]. I'm currently converting all my cassette tapes to digital [sony walkman to iPOD] so I can keep backups on my computer and place on my digital mobile audio player or record to CDs. The unit comes with the proper male to male stereo cable to connect my ION cassette player to the Memorex unit. I click 'Record' on my computer to transfer the music while listening to the music through my Memorex unit. Brilliant!
The antenna is the cheezy little thin wire used for radio reception, but three foot of the wire should get you plenty of radio stations. I picked up more than a handful out in the country where I live.
The unit also has two USB ports that one can charge a cell phone, tablet, or other USB capable device; and/or listen to music from.
****I would highly recommend this unit to someone looking for a decent clock/alarm that has a few techno upgrades.*****
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Great Alarm clock at a bargain price
Posted by: oscarn619 from: San Diego, CA on
This is a simple to use alarm clock. I like the dual USB charging ports in the back of the unit. This allows me to not only charge my phone, but has served to charge my camera, iPad, and iPod. The display is large and easy to read during all hours of the day, yet not so bright that it keeps you up at night.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Very nice to have at the office
Posted by: JazzyV77 from: Chicago, IL on
I purchased this to use at work. I have no complaints. Radio stations come in clear and I can use the auxilory cord to play songs from my mp3 player or my phone. I can also use the USB cable to charge my iPod and listen to music.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Decent Unit, Nice Features, Could be better...
Posted by: Dweezil from: Gresham, OR on
This is a nice little clock radio. It like that it has 3 station preset buttons. This is nice as my wife and I like to have different stations.
One really nice feature is that you can set the station and volume for the alarm. If you want 103.3 to come on at a volume of 8 every morning, it will do that even if you were on a different station at volume 20 when you last turned it off. No more rude awakenings!!!
We ended up returning this item because of the display though. We bought it for the bathroom counter and at that low height, it was difficult to read.
Overall it was a nice unit with lots of cool features for only $30 but just did not suit my needs.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great basic alarm clock radio
Posted by: Deadhead1 from: Fairfax, VA on
Nice alarm clock radio. Great reception. That was a problem with my old one. Sound is excellent. Numbers are easy to see and not so bright that they light the entire room at night. That was another problem with the old one.
My only complaint is that I cannot set the volume on the radio in the alarm function low enough. So it is loud in the morning when we wake up. The volume will go as low as I want when I simply turn on the radio, but it will not set lower in the alarm function setting. I have tried multiple times to set the radio alarm and the same thing happens each time. I have followed the instructions exactly, but it still will not go below setting 15, which is fairly loud.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Feature quit working shortly after 30 days
Posted by: CDNich from: High Point, NC on
I had been looking for an alarm clock that would also charge my iPhone and iPad. I thought this was a great answer at a great price. However, after a little over a month, one of the USB ports no longer charged. I even tried 3 different USB cables, and none of them worked, but when I tried from a wall charger I had no problem. So the issue was definitely the port in the clock.
I liked that there are 3 settings for brightness, I don't like a clock that is real bright. And the concept is a great idea, especially now that Apple has changed their charging cords with the new iPhone 5. However, I only used the 2nd USB port 4-5 times and it already has quit working. I will be taking this back to the store and hope that I can get a refund.
10 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great alarm clock
Posted by: Mark109 from: Houston on
Nice alarm clock. Display is kinda hard to read at an angle. USB in back makes it where it won't set up against the wall, but it's not bad.Radio stations come in clear. I like it.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Qola from: Long Island NY on
This unit is hard to see for both the reason stated above (too low) and the led is blue and difficult to read.
On the plus side it has a USB port so we can use one less electrical plug and charge devices right through the unit.
I was on the edge of returning this, but we kept it and it's just okay, not great.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great alarm clock
Posted by: G0RDO from: Lubbock Tx on
The clock is great. Right size and can charge my phone from it. Love it