The Goodmans USB Clock Radio is a cheap and compact FM radio with a dual alarm. It has two USB charging ports so you can charge a smartphone or other device while you sleep. It’s available in two colours: Slate and Concrete. Let’s take a closer look…
- Dual alarm so you can set two independent alarms
- Alarm has a choice of using an FM radio station or a buzzer sound
- Snooze and nap controls
- Two USB ports for charging smartphones, e-readers and other devices
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 14.4 cm x 7 cm x 6.8 cm
Model number: GCRUSB03
Performance and use
Power and charging
The clock radio is mains powered but uses 2 AA batteries for backing up the time so that it will still be accurate if there is a power cut or if you need to unplug the radio briefly. This radio’s maximum power usage is 8 watts, so keeping it plugged in it shouldn’t have a noticeable effect on your electricity bill.
The clock radio can charge two devices at the same time using the two USB ports. It charges devices with a similar speed to a regular charger would. The USB ports are only for charging—you can’t use them to play MP3s or other audio files.
Ease of use
The controls are positioned on either end of the prism, and don’t seem very intuitive at first. You will probably need to consult the user manual frequently at first.
The mains cable is 6 feet long, which means it should be easy to position the clock radio where you need it.
The digits on the clock display are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) high, so they are quite easy to read. The display can be dimmed quite low so it shouldn’t disturb you at night.
- Good phone charger
- Very small
- No headphone jack
- FM only, so you can’t listen to digital stations like 6 Music or AM stations like 5 Live
- User manual isn’t normally included. It’s available online here
- Sounds tinny
The main reason to buy the Goodmans USB Clock Radio is for its useful and effective USB charging ports. Apart from that, however, it has few saving graces. The controls are unintuitive and fiddly, and the radio sounds tinny and isn’t really satisfactory for listening to for any more than a few minutes.
Ease of use is one of the most important things when it comes to bedside alarm clock radios, as most people want something that can quickly be set before going to bed. It’s a shame the Goodmans USB Clock Radio doesn’t deliver in this respect, as the USB charging facility is very useful and the product has a nice, compact design.
Alternative clock radios
A good alternative to the Goodmans USB Clock Radio is the Majority Madingley Hall DAB Radio. It offers FM/DAB radio as well as two USB charging points and dual alarms. It’s easier to use than the Goodmans USB Clock Radio, and also has better sound.
Another option is the Groov-e Bluetooth Wireless Playback Alarm Clock Radio. It can charge two devices via USB and has FM radio as well as Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming. It’s one of the most popular budget Bluetooth speakers in the UK at the time of writing.
For more alarm clock radios to consider, check out our roundup of the best alarm clock radios.