Sony ICFC218 Dream Machine Clock Radio (Black) - 2021 report by Whydis

Sony ICFC218 Dream Machine Clock Radio (Black)

Product Description The Sony ICF-C218 Clock Radio features automatic time setting including switching to and from Daylight Savings Time, a 0.9” LED green display, and a battery backup in addition to AC power. From the Manufacturer The...

Reviews by Features

Size

(45 reviews)
Price

(78 reviews)
Product

(75 reviews)
Feature

(82 reviews)
Reception

(79 reviews)
Display

(103 reviews)
Sound

(62 reviews)
Radio

(243 reviews)
Quality

(58 reviews)
Alarm

(196 reviews)
Time

(231 reviews)
Heart attack

(17 reviews)
Plastic

(11 reviews)
Battery

(52 reviews)
Power interruption

(8 reviews)
Power failure

(20 reviews)
Room

(16 reviews)
Noise

(10 reviews)
Buzz

(4 reviews)

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Reviews around size (4.40 of 5)

  • The controls are easy, the display is a good size, not too big and not too small, and the radio reception is great
  • I also like the large size and medium brightness of the display.
  • Its display is perfect, not too dim not too bright and digit size if just perfect
  • Small size, AM or FM alarm, snooze bar, easy to find Off Button
  • The numbers are the perfect size and brightness: Big and bright enough to see across the room, but not so big and bright as to distract from the TV.
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Reviews around price (4.39 of 5)

  • The clock is the right price - but its useless to me because we cant see it during the daylight hours
  • After I finally figured out how to set the clock, I now think it is a great deal at a great price.
  • Not too bright where its annoying (I like the room dark when I'm sleeping).
  • This alarm clock is easy to read, easy to use and was a good price
  • I bought this clock just in case, as a back up, and works excellent, the price is great, and the brand, Sony, no complains at all.
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Reviews around product (4.36 of 5)

  • The fact that you need the manual to figure out how to set the clock and/or alarm is an indication of poor product design.
  • this product was defective because it could not be set correctly, so I returned it
  • Having said that, this is a very good product, despite being Sony made, and it works perfectly.
  • I would not recommend this product because of this, otherwise it was ok.
  • That seems to be the trend this days- higher prices and cheaper made products.
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Reviews around feature (4.08 of 5)

  • The alarm has some nice features - easy to set alarm time, adjustable snooze duration, etc., but it is missing one key feature - a dimmable display
  • I didn't give it five stars because I haven't used the alarm feature as of
  • The clock features a large green display that is just right (not too bright but very visible), a good radio with a pretty good speaker, a sleep feature for the radio and customized snooze times (every click = 10min, up to 60min), and many more features
  • , I could do it in my sleep - it probably doesn't have fancy features like this alarm clock, but what's the use if you have to take out the instructions every time?
  • The only missing feature that would have been nice would be a dual alarm, though for the price this lack cannot be complained of
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Reviews around reception (3.91 of 5)

  • RADIO HAS TERRIBLE SOUND TERRIBLE RECEPTION AND IS VERY HARD TO TUNE, ALARM SET UP IS VERY DIFFICULT TO COMPLETE.POSITIVES: DIGITAL TIME DISPLAY IS EXCELLENT
  • It was so, so easy to set and the reception and sound are both good for a small radio.
  • It has great reception on the radio to wake me up in the morning.
  • The radio has very good reception and the sound is amazing for such a small device
  • It's not fancy, and in fact the radio can be a little hard to tune (no antenna means poor reception as well - if you're out in the country or something I wouldn't count on this thing for music)
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Reviews around display (3.88 of 5)

  • Randomly, the display will dim so much that it is unreadable, even at night
  • The display is just right.....not too bright but easy to read in the middle of the night
  • It woild be nice if it was adjustable bright and dim for night and day during the day the display is difficult to read
  • Not user friendly and the display is too bright at night.
  • Wish the number display did have a dimmable option because it is pretty bright facing you at night in the dark bedroom.
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Reviews around sound (3.82 of 5)

  • Easy to use and the sound is exceptional for a small clock radio.
  • I could not stress strongly enough how bad the sound and reception is
  • When the alarm is enabled the unit emits an electronic buzzing sound every 1-10 minutes, loud enough to keep me from falling asleep
  • The sound on the radio is quite good for such an inexpensive box of plastic.
  • This clock is compact and the alarm is pleasant sounding when it goes off (if you can believe that)
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Reviews around radio (3.61 of 5)

  • The radio works up to par or better with other clock radios.
  • Perfect alarm clock, fair radio, but it was the alarm feature that we most wanted.
  • I spent a long time researching which alarm clock radio to purchase
  • Radio sounds good and very easy to set the alarm clock.
  • The radio sounds good too if you can get decent reception.
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Reviews around quality (3.60 of 5)

  • The quality of the radio was good enough because only use the radio to wake me up
  • The sound quality is good for a little radio, and it is so easy to see the time at
  • Not only is the sound quality very good, but it performs well as an alarm.
  • The sound quality of the radio is as good as any you'll find.
  • Poor sound quality, but the worst offense is that this clock radio emits a clearly audible hum that comes through the speaker as long as the unit is plugged in.
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Reviews around alarm (3.43 of 5)

  • Handy little nightstand alarm clock with great radio reception
  • Overall, a nice, simple alarm clock that works well and looks good.
  • Very confusing as to how to set everything on this clock from the clock itself to the alarm.
  • , it beats the loud annoying alarm on my old clock radio.
  • Works well, the alarm is not too loud, nor is it annoying.
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Reviews around time (3.41 of 5)

  • I had a difficult time reading the instructions even to set the time
  • The alarm clock keeps accurate time, and can be set for daylight savings time
  • I spent a long time researching which alarm clock radio to purchase
  • Since it sets itself automatically, you can not set the correct time
  • But, it does not automatically adjust itself to the correct time as an Atomic Clock will
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Reviews around heart attack (3.31 of 5)

  • Very confusing as to how to set everything on this clock from the clock itself to the alarm.
  • the DST light won`t stay on" (written in December), "No way to change from FM to AM" (switch right on the side), "runs 17 min fast since I`ve owned
  • the DST light won`t stay on" (written in December), "No way to change from FM to AM" (switch right on the side), "runs 17 min fast since I`ve owned
  • Very confusing as to how to set everything on this clock from the clock itself to the alarm.
  • Everything worked as it should, although some of the FM stations with weaker signals don't come as clean and strong as I'd like
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Reviews around plastic (2.37 of 5)

  • The front face is clean and spiffy looking, the shape elegant but simple -- it fit the décor of the crappy motel off the interstate you stopped at, desperate with exhaustion, as well as it did the five-star room you treated yourself to for a weekend getaway
  • the DST light won`t stay on" (written in December), "No way to change from FM to AM" (switch right on the side), "runs 17 min fast since I`ve owned
  • Very confusing as to how to set everything on this clock from the clock itself to the alarm.
  • Not too bright where its annoying (I like the room dark when I'm sleeping).
  • Everything worked as it should, although some of the FM stations with weaker signals don't come as clean and strong as I'd like
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Reviews around battery (2.14 of 5)

  • love the battery back up, this clock is very user friendly and the radio stations come in a lot better!
  • When i received the product the internal battery for auto time was dead.
  • but the battery that was installed in it just went dead.
  • We love the battery back-up so when electric goes out the time comes back on to the exact time and the alarm has stayed in place, what a blessing not resetting these clocks.
  • I figured out how to set the time, and the battery is still going strong almost 3 years later.
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Reviews around power interruption (1.69 of 5)

  • the DST light won`t stay on" (written in December), "No way to change from FM to AM" (switch right on the side), "runs 17 min fast since I`ve owned
  • If there is a power interruption they recuperate on their own
  • Not too bright where its annoying (I like the room dark when I'm sleeping).
  • the DST light won`t stay on" (written in December), "No way to change from FM to AM" (switch right on the side), "runs 17 min fast since I`ve owned
  • Not too bright where its annoying (I like the room dark when I'm sleeping).
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Reviews around power failure (1.54 of 5)

  • If the battery fails during a power failure or its clock drifts then you will have to adjust the clock.
  • Also, forgot to add, there is no need to set the time after a power failure
  • The wafer battery that maintains time during power failure is very low, and the clock did not have any factory set time when it arrived.
  • great to have a clock that after a power failure the time
  • Everything worked as it should, although some of the FM stations with weaker signals don't come as clean and strong as I'd like
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Reviews around room (1.50 of 5)

  • Replaced an old Sony, doesn't take up too much room, not too bright, radio has decent sound, easy to operate.
  • It's not a device so bright it will disturb you in a dark room
  • Not too bright where its annoying (I like the room dark when I'm sleeping).
  • So with some agitation I went back to my old red and black display on bright and it still looked not too bright and the bed sheet was no longer visible; the whole room looked dark
  • The only problem is that the display is noticeably too bright in a dark room.
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Reviews around noise (1.26 of 5)

  • On the other hand if the goal is to get you out of bed, that horrible screeching noise when off-station certainly gets me out of bed fast
  • The antenna is quirky: the radio must be oriented properly in order to prevent noise -- typically a hiss -- from distorting the audio, and walking around in the room can cause the hiss to rise and fall.
  • I miss the possibility of presetting radio stations, and make the light of the hour less brighter, it also does a buzz noise a bit annoying during night
  • All buttons make a really loud plastic click noise that is very annoying
  • It makes a humming noise at certain time even though the alarm and radio are on the off mode.
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Reviews around buzz (1.00 of 5)

  • When the alarm is enabled the unit emits an electronic buzzing sound every 1-10 minutes, loud enough to keep me from falling asleep
  • This could be nice if you don't like to be blasted out of bed by a sudden loud buzz
  • I miss the possibility of presetting radio stations, and make the light of the hour less brighter, it also does a buzz noise a bit annoying during night

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More about Sony ICFC218 Dream Machine Clock Radio (Black)

  • Product Description The Sony ICF-C218 Clock Radio features automatic time setting including switching to and from Daylight Savings Time, a 0.9” LED green display, and a battery backup in addition to AC power. From the Manufacturer The Sony ICF-C218 Clock Radio features automatic time setting including switching to and from Daylight Savings Time, a 0.9” LED green display, and a battery backup in addition to AC power.