Rated 1 out of 5 by Montego Battery Plate Keeps Falling Out
This is a beautiful clock, but has a very common defect with the battery plate. After I inserted batteries on the underside of the clock, I turned it over, set it down on the table, only to have the battery plate fall out. There is no spring or screw to hold it in place. The plate only has a bent plastic clip that is not strong enough to maintain its position. It consistently falls out. It would have been better not to have a backup battery, than to have a battery compartment that will not stay closed.
August 24, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by TimeMachineGripe buy only for aesthetics
This clock is fabulously designed. It is smart- looking indeed, yet won't keep the correct time. I do love it anyway, just resigned to be somewhat of a tardy employee!
August 9, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mixsie Beautiful, easy to read dial but alarm didn't work
Been wanting this clock for the past couple of years and finally decided to use my gift certificates to get one. Little hesitant due to the reviews about the alarm but decided to go for it. Loved it when I opened the box but didn't realize how big it would be! I had it sent to work, so immediately go it up and running, expecting my co-worker to react at the alarm. Resat it 3 times, a full 30 minutes ahead of the actual time. Never so much as even a buzz. The light did finally start to blink on the third try but about 10 minutes after the actual time. Rather disappointed -- I would have kept if even without the working alarm if I had needed just another clock. Sadly, I returned it. Still would consider another one if I need just a clock in the future.
July 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by janieangel I'm back to purchase another one
I bought the Moonbeam alarm clock in the green color and I'm so pleased with it that I came back to purchase another one in the blue color. First of all, it's a very nice looking clock. The colors are soft and beautiful and I love the retro look of the clock. It looks classy! I also love that it is electric with battery back-up and it's super easy to set the time, the alarm and so forth. I also love that you have the option to light the dial. I always use this option when I go to bed because the light is subtle enough to not be obtrusive and yet, when I wake up in the night, I can easily see what time it is. It's perfect! I've been using the first one that I bought for a few weeks now and couldn't be happier. In regard to the alarm bell, I have it set on the lowest setting and using the moonbeam light, I have no trouble waking up. I've not used the high setting on the alarm bell so I can't offer an opinion on that. I'm not a morning person, so I was impressed that I'm waking up on the lower setting but it's great to have the two options. Also, some mornings, the flashing moonbeam light does wake me but most mornings, I need the extra jolt of the alarm bell. That's why I love that you can choose to use the light AND the alarm bell. I don't find it to be a brash or annoying bell but it's enough to get the job done. In summary, you know I must be happy with this alarm if I'm back to purchase another one. :)
June 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by CherylN Very nice
I love this clock. Like the big face & the ambient light. When the alarm goes off, the ambient light flashes for 5 minutes before the alarm sound goes off, this is a nice feature of the clock. I hear no ticking sound at all, it is silent operation. Very pleased of my purchase, would recommend.
June 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by UntidyHeidi Nice clock!
I like this clock. It's awesome. It just came in the mail today, so I'll report back if I have any issues.
You can put back-up batteries inside, but it's meant to be run with the cord. I don't think you're supposed to just run it on batteries; rather, use the batteries in case of a power outage.
The cord itself juts out an inch or so behind the clock, making it impossible to place the clock flush with the wall behind it.
The clock has a nighttime glow that you can flip on. It's not visible unless the room is dark. Batteries alone will not activate it--the clock needs to be plugged in, in order to glow.
My clock came with a sticker across the front that left a slight amount of sticky residue on the clockface. The sticker itself peeled right off, and I removed the residue with a small amount of peanut butter. (Old trick my granny taught me--peanut butter will remove sticky residue, such as from a label.)
I probably will not use it as an alarm clock, so I can't comment on those qualities. Personally, I prefer to wake up to radio, which this clock doesn't offer. I can tell you that there is a volume selection on the back with two options for how loud you will be awakened.
I really like this clock--it's adorable, retro, fun, colorful, bright, and cheery. I ordered it from a gift card, kind of as a birthday present to myself, and I think it's just darling!
May 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Idonteatbeansbutllbeansok Usurped my phone as an alarm, which says a lot
I really need an alarm clock that will really snap me out of a deep sleep and this is perfect in that regard. I have it set to flash the light before the alarm goes off and the volume on the loud setting. Being a person who has slept through many alarms in the past, I have not had an issue with this clock since purchasing it a couple months ago. My girlfriend on the other hand, is a very light sleeper. She absolutely hated my phone alarm which was jarring and sudden. With this clock, the light starts to flash (at first dimly and working up to a brighter setting) and usually that is enough to start her waking up process. It's actually amazing that an alarm clock can work for both types of sleepers, but this one does just that.
As for the aesthetics, I think the clock looks really cool. I was unsure my girlfriend would like it, but she did immediately. The light blue one that I got actually looks a little (I mean a very little) lighter than what I thought the image looks like online, but it's pretty close. I love the back-light on the dial because it's not excessively bright but just enough where if I wake up in the middle of the night, I'm not struggling for a phone or something to see what time it is.
Some people seem to say that the second hand is loud. I never noticed it until about a week ago and my room was unusually quiet one night and still barely heard it. Did I mention it's about a foot away from my head as I sleep? I've had much much louder clocks and usually really hate the ticking sound, but all I did was roll over and I couldn't hear it any longer.
I'd recommend splurging for the USB version, as it can also take batteries and does not have to be plugged in to work. It's unsettling to me to think that if there's a power outage or something at night, my alarm is useless. With batteries in it, though, I know I won't miss a beat. Of course there's also the added bonus of being able to charge your phone directly from the clock to minimize plugs and wires around the bed.
If there is any downside, I'd say add a radio to the clock. Something about waking up to the news or radio show I miss from my childhood. Still, I don't think that's enough to warrant a loss of a star. Great alarm clock, I'd recommend it to all.
May 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Judi2 Great clock!
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the USB function only works when plugged into an electrical outlet. My reason for selecting that option was for a reliable back-up for power outages. Beyond that it does everything it claims it will do.
May 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by princesspearl Just what I have wanted!
The Moom Beam Clock with USB port is an excellent product. It is quiet, has several useful options. I sleep through the less loud alarm, but the loud one wakes me every time. In the winter I use the light alarm. I like that I can charge my phone or other devices with the USB port. Best of all, I can read the numbers.
April 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoteBook Moon Beam Clock
I needed an alarm clock and as long as I was at the L. L. Bean site I bought this one, though it did look odd and vaguely retro. I've had it for two years and I must say it's been excellent. Instead of jarring you awake immediately with an alarm bell, the attached lamp on the side flashes on and off with gentle illumination, and gets brighter as it continues. When the light has reached its maximum intensity the alarm bell goes off. The controls on the back of the clock work fine, so you can adjust light of the clock face, the flashing light and the bell sound. The newer models include a USB port, an excellent addition.
April 6, 2016