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.