Oxford Micro Clock
The Oxford Micro Clock is a waterproof mini clock; small in size 1.8" (46mm) x 1.3" (35mm) but big on features. Benefitting from a long life 3V lithium battery (included), the Oxford Micro Clock also monitors the ambient temperature and provides an important "Ice Alert" for motorcyclists riding in colder conditions and has large glove friendly buttons. The back lit display features a permanent date display and the micro clock can be mounted on any surface thanks to the detachable backing pad which is also included.
- Temperature gauge range 14°F (-10°C) to 122°F (+50°C)
- Ice alert function flashes when external temperature drops to 37°F
- Back-lit display
- Permanent date display
- Large buttons are easy to use with gloves on
- Supplied with fittings instructions
In actual function, let's not beat around the bush. This thing is miserable.
First up, the manual makes references to several functions and settings that the clock itself doesn't actually have. For a start, it claims that holding down the "sel" button will cause the face to illuminate, which it does not. There is no illumination function whatsoever. It also says that "repeated use of this function may shorten the battery life," which is the setup to the punch line that will come later.
The manual further claims that by holding down "set" you can switch between 12 and 24 hour time formats but again, it doesn't actually work that way. You get a 24 hour time format and that's it.
To further the cruel irony, there is a date display on the top edge of the screen. If you read the title of this review, you'll see why this is funny.
My clock will consistently consume an entire CR2032 battery in 2-3 days, every time. That's abysmal. I do not understand how a quartz/LCD clock manufactured any time after the end of the stone age can have such pathetic battery life.
The packaging also claims that the clock is waterproof; It is not. There are two O-ring seals on the battery compartment cover (one of which is prone to falling out and easy to lose) but that doesn't make any difference; the casing itself is not actually watertight. In addition to the comically short battery life, mine shorts out in the rain.
The hook-and-loop (I guess we're not allowed to call it Veltro(tm)) patch it comes with is stupidly designed, as well. It covers the battery compartment such that you can't actually open it again without peeling it off. The manual actually mentions this and has the unmitigated gall to call this a feature, not a bug.
It also doesn't stick very well. Oh, it sticks to your bike and the clock just fine, but it doesn't stick to itself firmly enough that I'd have much confidence in it. Stick it on a dual sport bike like mine and you're sure to lose it on the trail someplace.
Although that might not be such a bad thing.
Just yesterday my clock ate it's tenth (!) battery. It's been in continuous use for less than a month. At $3 a pop I'm now at the threshold of paying more in watch batteries for the stupid product and that's where I draw the line. I threw this thing away and did what I should have done in the first place -- went to the drug store and paid $20 for a cheap Timex, took the band off, and stuck that to my bike instead.
|Product Style||Item #||Manufacturer Product #||Availability|
|Silver||897759||OF219||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|