Soundcore Wakey review: modern wireless charging alarm clock
By Fields Corrielus 2019-07-01 1109 1
So now the device was with me. I have to tell you that the "old" clock radio is on my wife's bedside table, because I am a person who is woken up by her or I wake up by myself. Furthermore, I already have a wireless charging pad on my bedside table.
The Soundcore Wakey replaced some things in this respect. So the woman could dismantle the classic charging station and the probably 20 years old radio alarm clock. And the Apple Watch charger disappeared at the USB port of the Soundcore Wakey. That's already on the credit side of the Wakey.
It was then set up via App. Here you can program the radio stations you want to listen to. One relies classically on the throw antenna, which must be connected, for the price of 100 euros an Internet radio would have been nicer.
The sound is actually good with the 2x 5 watt loudspeakers, so you should definitely fall out of bed when the alarm goes off. In our case there are also podcasts running via Bluetooth, which is all quite practical if you didn't have another loudspeaker before that you could use in some way from your smartphone. Especially as you can charge the smartphone overnight or during playback by simply hanging it up on the Wakey, which is done wirelessly with 10 watts if your smartphone is playing along. The iPhone only has a maximum of 7.5 watts.
You can store 10 radio stations and set 15 different alarm clocks. Wakey allows the selection of 10 tones as an alarm tone, plus the classic FM radio. In addition to the sound system, the app also allows you to create your own White Noise. Quite nicely done via sliders. So you can mix bird twittering with the splashing of water. There are people who might want to try it out for themselves.
But much more important: The display that visualizes the time. This can be set in five stages - or you can set it to use a sensor and adjust itself according to the ambient brightness. Alternatively, it can be turned off so that the time is only displayed by activating the button. Here I noticed in total darkness that even the smallest brightness level is too bright. The LEDs shine white and that was already too much of a good thing for me. And the problem when I turn it off - to have darkness: I can't see what time it is without touching the Wakey. In the past, the view over the woman was enough to see her old alarm clock - now that's no longer possible. So I have the choice between "too bright" or "off". Means: I look then nevertheless sleep-drunk on my iPhone.
And here we come to the discussion we had in the team - at least me and my colleague Ostermaier. He finds the 100 Euro purchase price justified, because the Soundcore Wakey in its entirety has functions that are difficult to get as such in a complete package elsewhere. On the other hand, there are of course numerous radio alarm clocks, also with wireless charging function, which are cheaper. The app, the design and the possibilities of the White Noise are good, but you pay more for it. So I don't see any reason to spend 100 Euro for such a device, the whole package is a bit too expensive.
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