The Sony IFC-CL75IP, A Gadget Lovers Clock Radio

A year ago I was on the hunt for a new clock radio with an iPhone/iPod dock built-in. One would think finding such a device would make for a pretty simple shopping trip right? Well there are now several options out there to choose from and while I started with pretty simple needs here, my inner-geek pushed me to find a clock radio that handled more than just the typical tasks. Enter the Sony Dream Machine IFC-CL75IP.

I just needed a simple clock radio right?  Yes this is true. But, as I often do, I added a few extra requirements to my clock radio want list:

  • Dual Alarm
  • Dimming Display
  • Large time display
  • iPod/iPhone dock – for charging and possibly playing back music…

That list actually fits several available clock radio options. But I chose the one that had the cool factor going for it. Read the rest of this entry »

5 thoughts on “The Sony IFC-CL75IP, A Gadget Lovers Clock Radio”

  1. I have had one of these for about 6-8 months or so and I have to say it is a total POS after using it overtime. It frequently locks up in the middle of the night causing the alarm clock to not go off and having to pull the plug from the wall to restart it. Updated with the latest firmware as well.

  2. I have one of these too and I also can’t trust it. Its locked up in the middle of the night or even as the alarm is going off. Not fun to get woken up to an alarm you can’t turn off! Glad to hear about the firmware update though, maybe that will help.

  3. I’ve had this clock for over a year now, and it’s crashed, or locked up, a number of times–including once when I was relying on the alarm function. It’s a great multi-function device, but it’s not reliable. I usually end up setting a second alarm on my phone now.

    Besides that, my two biggest complaints are the convoluted steps required to get video on your iPod or iPhone to play and the fact that there isn’t some “auto” light-sensing mode. The night mode is great, but once there’s any light in the room in the morning, you can’t read the clock at all.

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