Philips AJ4800 / 12: a small nomadic alarm clock with time projection

Philips AJ4800 / 12: a small nomadic alarm clock with time projection

The Philips AJ4800 / 12 is a pocket alarm clock whose running time is the main feature. We can take this little model everywhere with you since battery power is planned. It costs € 50 to afford the Philips AJ4800 / 12. And for that price, the possibilities offered by this model that has a small camera are not well air many. However we found the most usual functions such as dual alarm function  snooze  and time projection. Travelers can also take this model to the small dimensions with them replacing the transformer supplied by four AA batteries.

Philips AJ4800 / 12: a small nomadic alarm clock with time projection
Philips AJ4800 / 12 does not shine by its originality. It looks like the Sony ICF-C1PJ  or Philips AJ4300. It is therefore in the form of a small cube of 10 cm edge with a growth on his right which contains the projector; a significant addition as the screen shows the front small dimensions. Indeed, the figures are less than 2 cm high and do not even reach 1 cm wide. We are very far from the imposing and legible display of the  Muse M-192 CR. Both revivals however share a bright fa├žade very sensitive to fingerprints.

Good point, Philips has placed the setting keys of the AJ4800 / 12 on the top of the device. They are covered with a nice touch rubber and dirt. We always regret as much as the volume keys on the radio or alarm clock stop may be lost within the control panel adorned with 13 buttons. It is very comprehensive, but makes the difficult adjustment of noise just after waking. Fortunately, the alarm is progressive and does not attack our fragile ears.

The key Snooze (alarm clock or radio stops for 9 minutes before resuming) used to earn a little extra sleep time, stands out a bit better touch with its particular relief and a very distinctive edge. Note that this button is also used to regulate the brightness of the display, but without being able to turn off completely, as is the case on the Muse M-192 CR. Too bad, because even at the lowest level, in the dark, the display remains visible, which can hinder people sensitive to light or light sleepers. 

The time setting is done without significant difficulty; pressing the "set time" enough to start the process even easier by separate keys for hours and minutes. Is set both alarms in the same way but this time pressing at length the "Alarm 1" or "Alarm 2". It regrets that annoying beeps, impossible to disable, awarded each alarm setting or time.  

But if waking hours may differ, this is not the case of radios coming out the sleepers from their slumber. The Philips AJ4800 / 12 in fact uses only the last played station. It's a shame, because you can keep 30 radio stations in memory, a comfortable total; the AJ4300, clock with comparable characteristics, has only 20 stations prerecorded.  

The buttons on the right side of the AJ4800 / 12 vests in the management of the projector. Thanks to them, we light it or we reverse the display vertically. Note that the big knob on which the projector is installed turns 180 ° (to project onto a wall or ceiling, for example) and the rotating part in the center allows you to rotate the display. This small model offers no connectivity (jack, USB or other) for charging devices, or adding an auxiliary source of music. In the back, there is only a single outlet devoted to the mains supply. 

The electricity bill is not likely to climb because of the AJ4800 / 12. Indeed, with a bright display on the alarm clock set to its maximum intensity projection and the activated radio at the highest sound level, it consumes less than 1 W. 

In terms of sound reproduction, the clock Philips AJ4800 / 12 does not show up to the task. We find a set very focused on mediums with fairly understandable voice, but serious non-existent and all loaded enough distortion. Sound, monophonic, as is confined in a box and really hard to disseminate clear. In addition, the speaker is particularly directive; should therefore be the place in front of you to gain intelligibility. And losing sight of the display screen of the hour therefore. In short, this awakening is enough to follow a voice only radio program. But one can completely forget the music, the gentle awakening and listening comfort at the same time.

The AJ4800 / 12 Philips shows no crippling gap for revival. It has a dual function alarm for couples who do not have the same hours, the alarm is progressive, the number of radio stations in memory is comfortable. A function sleep off the radio after a certain period of activity (15, 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes). 

Its strength lies in the time projection, strong summary. The direction thereof, as well as the inclination of the figures can be modified and the user can also reverse the display. We think it lacks a setting of the light intensity of the projection, even basic, such as the Oregon Scientific RRM320P. Thus the user can adjust the light output, according to his desires or the configuration of the room (room dark, distance between the alarm and the projection surface in particular). 

Note also that if the AJ4800 / 12 is connected to the sector, no adjustment to define a projection display time. Once lit, it remains visible until the user turns it off himself. However, when powered by batteries, the projector turns off after 10 seconds to save power. 

The proposed contact information for time and alarm activation. Nevertheless, these indications sin by their lack of precision. It is known that alarm will sound through the small clock that complements the time, but it is not known how many are set - remember that this model has a dual alarm - or which will sound much less what now she has to. Although the information given on the alarm screen, but that may well have also projected 

Although this option is not widespread, we would have liked to have the choice in the projection of colors; Red may seem aggressive. The AJ4800 / 12 nevertheless offers interesting options. Thus, Philips has included a backup battery that preserves the recorded radio stations, time and alarms you; an excellent idea since all the alarm clocks do not offer. Please note, the information will disappear after a quarter of an hour. We also like the possibility to carry around thanks to the battery power: then there should be four AA batteries.

internal backup battery.
Supply mains or battery.
30 radio station presets.

audio capabilities behind.
Time setting of beeps or permanent and unpleasant alarms.
Unable to completely turn off the display.

The Philips AJ4800 / 12 fulfills its task satisfactorily, offering some interesting options and yet not so common, such as integrated backup battery or the choice of the energy source. The annoying beeps that sound during the time setting and alarms as well as the inability to set a different alarm for each radio will not reflect a good impression. However, the sound quality of all risk grind some ears and price / performance ratio does not clearly plays in his favor.
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