Philips AJ3115/05 Clock Radio Review

The Philips AJ3115/05 is a small clock radio that features a dual alarm, a snooze function and FM radio. It’s attractively priced, and could be a good choice if you’re looking for a budget clock radio. Let’s find out more about it…

Features

  • Alarm with the choice of waking up to a buzzer sound or an FM radio station
  • Snooze function
  • Set two independent alarms (useful if you and your partner need to wake up at different times)
  • FM radio that can save preset stations
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 13 cm wide x 4.6 cm high x 13 cm deep
Weight: 249 g

Alarm clock

The Philips AJ3115/05’s alarm has some useful features. You can choose to wake up to either a radio station or a traditional alarm buzzer sound. The alarm gradually gets louder, which is nice as it doesn’t force you to wake up suddenly. You can also set two alarms if you and your partner want to be woken up at different times in the morning.

The clock uses the 24-hour format and uses red digits which are clear and easy-to-read without being too bright at night.

The alarm is easy to set on both buzzer and radio modes. Should you need it, the radio comes with an instructions manual which can also be found online here.

Radio

This alarm clock has FM radio, meaning you can listen to most of the UK’s most popular stations such as Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 4. It’s easy to tune in and has good reception, but the speakers are quite tinny and don’t go very loud.

The FM radio has a sleep timer, which is useful if you use the radio to get to sleep. You can set it to 15, 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

Pros

  • You can set two independent alarms for two different people
  • Gradually increases the alarm volume
  • Small and compact—a good size for a bedside table
  • Good FM signal and easy to tune
  • Screen is clear and easy to read
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Some buyers have said that the display stopped working after a few months
  • Doesn’t feel very sturdy or solid
  • Quiet—might not be loud enough if you are hard of hearing

Verdict

The Philips AJ3115/05 is a good little clock radio overall. One of the best things about it is that the volume of the alarm gradually increases so it won’t wake you up with a jolt. You can also set two alarms which is good if you need to wake up at a different time to your partner.

The Philips AJ3115/05 is a cheap clock radio, so unsurprisingly the sound quality isn’t great. It’s also too quiet for some people, who need something louder to wake them up in the morning. It’s a good choice if you want something cheap and don’t have hearing problems, but if you’re looking for something louder with better sound quality, you will probably need to invest more.

Similar clock radios

Another popular Philips clock radio is the AJ3400/05, which has very similar features to the AJ3115/05 but has a different design with a large clock display.

Philips’ rivals Sony produce several great clock radios including the five reviewed here. They include radios with AM and DAB radio as well as just FM.

For more suggestions, check out our roundup of the best alarm clock radios in the UK.

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