Sony ICF-C318 reviews: Radio

21 customer reviews

+ This radio has no outstanding positive points. - It scores very poorly on reception/sound quality.

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7.9 out of 10 based on 21 reviews.
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nicely done simple clock radio with two alarms. Has separate controls for setting each alarm, which can save confusion when overtired. The variable-brightness display is particularly welcome, so it can be a clock rather than a night light!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Aug 2010

kenny, dounby orkney islands Bargain hunter

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
great when power goes off and comes back on you dont have to reset times ect
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Design 10.0
Reception/Sound quality 10.0
Display 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

Christopher, Maldon, Essex Review Optional yet Mandatory.

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
It works.
Bad points:
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Alarm on/off buttons 'fiddly' and easy to get wrong.
Too bright, even on lowest setting.
AM Aerial non directional therefore clear reception and position of clock can be in conflict.
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 4.0
Design 4.0
Reception/Sound quality 2.0
Display 2.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jan 2011

Paul, Southam, Warwickshire Conscientious business owner

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
We already have two of these in the house, my wife uses one and our eldest daughter the second. My youngest son and youngest daughter have used battery operated alarm clocks and one of these in particular had a very poor display and difficult to use controls. On the basis of our experience with the Sony ICF-318S in the past, we decided to buy two more for the youngest to use. They are easy to see, easy to operate, reliable and the ICF 318 has an A & B setting for different alarm time settings with a number of flexible options for alarm operation. The radio sound quality is fine for use as a radio alarm and we have no issues with reception. It's an FM tuner not DAB. It's a shame that the time setting is not automatically set via radio control but there is a back up battery to maintain the settings in the event of power failure. The brightness of the display can be set to high, medium or low and the low setting is dull enough to avoid irritation whilst asleep.
Bad points:
We now have four of these in the house and in my view there are no bad points for the ICF-318S
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Design 9.0
Reception/Sound quality 8.0
Display 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Nov 2010

jeff, aston uni Music fan

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
good display twin alarm small enough for table
Bad points:
Broke down within first six months (now on my relacement so far so good )
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 5.0
Design 6.0
Reception/Sound quality 6.0
Display 8.0
Value for money 4.0
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Review date: 14 Apr 2010

Purchaser Bargain hunter

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A typical Sony product , well designed and well engineered , the sound from the alarms could do with an increase in volume, otherwise an excellent buy.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Design 10.0
Reception/Sound quality 9.0
Display 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 09 Jul 2010

Jo, London

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up and use, clear radio sound
Bad points:
Looks a bit ugly but then most radio alarm clocks do
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 8.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2010

Product Features

Type of radio Clock
Radio tuner FM
Solar Power No
Dimensions (mm) 155x82x152
Station Presets 0
WiFi No
Battery Power Yes
Mains Power Yes

Also known as: Sony ICF-C318S, Sony ICF C318s, Sony ICFC318

 

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