Timex Clock Radio for Sansa Review

Today we’re going to take a look at the Timex clock radio for Sansa, the Timex TS70B Clock Radio. Is this a decent device or is it simply an overpriced gadget with a product tie in? Let’s dig in and find out.

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Basically the Timex TS70B Clock Radio is your basic clock radio with charging dock for a Sansa e200 or c200 digital music players built in. This tower design clock radio also includes a standard AM/FM radio, dual alarms, multi-level backlight,  a remote and a 3.5mm auxiliary mini-jack so that it can work with most any brand of digital music player. The footprint of the unit itself is small but there is an external power brick too and you’ll need an external antenna for good reception on the radio, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when placing this clock radio.

The biggest disappointment about the Timex TS70B Clock Radio is there’s no way to use the Sansa as your wake-up call. You have to either use the radio or the buzzer. It does have a sleep to MP3 function that will play the Sansa and gradually reduce volume over a period of time. I don’t know why they couldn’t manage to implement this the other way around as well.

The sound quality from the Timex clock radio for Sansa isn’t terrible but isn’t all that great either. I’d say it’s typical of a low to mid priced clock radio. If sound quality is a concern to you then you may want to consider a more expensive unit.

Overall, I think the Timex TS70B Clock Radio is a compromise product with very limited appeal. If you just want a clock radio there are less expensive options, even in the Timex brand. If you want better quality sound and more functionality then you’ll need to spend more. The upside is that as a charging dock for a Sansa e200 or c200 series it isn’t a bad price for one. It’s a good deal for someone who needs this specific functionality but otherwise you should probably take a pass on the Timex TS70B Clock Radio, the Timex clock radio for Sansa.

 


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6 Comments »

2008-08-04 15:09:26

I don’t begin to understand the point of the Timex TS70B Clock Radio … if I can’t wake up to a playlist on my MP3 player, what’s the reason for this thing to exist?

I like the idea of a fade out to sleep mode but you’re right … it needs to work as an alarm too.

Comment by jfc
2008-08-04 15:28:30

Hi Minnesota,

I guess it’s handy as a charger if you don’t want to plug into your computer’s USB port overnight. I hear some people actually turn their computer off sometimes, who would have thought that? :)

As I recall, the Sansa standalone chargers were rather pricey, in the $40-50 range, so if a charger is the goal, it isn’t a bad deal if you can get a good price on it.

2008-08-04 15:52:12

I guess if you think of the Timex TS70B Clock Radio as a charger with a radio attached it makes sense.

Wow, $40 or $50 for a charger … that really is pricey.

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Comment by jfc
2008-08-04 16:06:28

I just checked prices. They’ve come down a bit since I priced them over a year ago now but they’re still pricey at about $30 a pop, about the same price that you can sometimes find the TS70B. The problem is that proprietary USB interface that Sansa digital music players have, one of the big annoyances with that line of player.

You can get some generic chargers that are cheaper and are supposed to work but if they apply power to the wrong connector ZAP! your player is a paperweight.

 
 
 
 
2008-08-05 19:17:27

I agree: isnt a computer’s usb port designed to charge your mp3 player LOL The Timex TS70B Clock Radio sounds like a waste of space and money: but then i hate all alarm clocks on principal whether or not they will charge my Sensa mp3 player!

 
2008-08-16 23:08:28

I agree that this unit is really missing out on delivering quality to the consumer by not allowing the Sansa to be used as the alarm. There is something very comforting about telling your alarm clock which music to play to awaken you, and at what volume. Too bad the engineers missed the point.

 
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