Laser Alarm Clock V2 with Qi Wireless Charging, BT (review)
The Laser Alarm Clock V2 with Qi Wireless Charging and Bluetooth is the latest iteration of its extremely popular bedside table clock.
Laser has sold tens of thousands of Version 1. It is still very popular and some prefer its more compact ‘brick’ shape below. Version 2 is more of a rectangle shape.
GadgetGuy reviewed V1 last year saying, “I do like the inventiveness that we see time and time again in consumer tech. And here’s another example, a LASER digital alarm clock with Bluetooth and a built-in Qi charging pad.”
It is a smart idea, you realise, once someone has thought of it and produced the product. Most of us have a bedside clock radio. And most of us charge up our phones overnight.
Review: Laser Alarm Clock V2 with Qi Wireless Charging and Bluetooth Speaker Model SPK-QC002
In the box
- The alarm clock – 165 x 165 x 80mm
- Charger 5V/2/5A with centre pin connector
The first impression is a black, more streamlined, modern look with a large, readable, while auto-dimmable backlit LCD.
The charging pad and NFC connector sit saucer-like in the top middle. Large rotary buttons on the front top right and left complete the symmetry.
Functions – Laser Alarm Clock V2
Clock: It is first a dual alarm clock with oversized 30mm soft white auto dimming backlit LCD numbers. It has a power-fail feature to keep the time for several hours if there is a blackout.
Temperature: The readout can be Fahrenheit or Celsius. It is accurate and appears to have gotten over V1 displaying slightly higher temperatures when charging. That latter is fine if you remember to subtract a couple of degrees when charging.
Alarm 1 and 2: Two alarms are handy. It has three songs and three alarm sounds built in as well as the ability to wake to FM radio. Volume is sufficient to wake the heaviest sleeper, and there is a nine-minute snooze function.
FM Radio: It auto-tunes and allocates the stations to sequential numbers. A rotary dial allows you to scroll through them displaying the frequency.
Aux: A 3.5mm jack allows an Auxiliary music source to play via the speakers
Bluetooth: You can connect to any NFC enabled device simply by placing it on the NFC sensor. Alternatively, you can manually discover it with any Bluetooth enabled devices like a PC or Mac.
If you pair with a smartphone, you can use it as a handsfree speakerphone. It is quite clear and works across a large bedroom.
It has a 5W speaker. Laser state frequency response of 60Hz-18kHz. While some content may reach that typically MP3 and FM radio are less.
The sound signature is quite good with bass kicking in at 200Hz and mids going up to 5kHz. It is a warm and sweet sound signature. Maximum volume was 80dB with acceptable harmonic distortion.
USB-A charge ports
There are three USB-A 5V/1A charge ports on the rear. A 1A rating means it will power most smartwatches and smaller devices. It will charge a 2A+ device at about half the rated speed.
Qi wireless charging
It has a 5W charge pad for overnight and top-up charging. It will charge a Samsung Galaxy S9 or earlier, the latest iPhone 8 and X or any phone with Qi.
Qi is far gentler on the battery as it is low amperage, intelligent trickle charge.
GadgetGuy’s take. Laser Alarm Clock V2 – use it, snooze it, and charge it
This is a must-have convergence gadget from a great Australian company with excellent after-sales service.
Both V1 and V2 do the same – V2 has the second alarm and slightly better sound. In fact, as V1 is a little more compact and if table space were at a premium, I think I would lean that way.
Qi (pronounced Chee) charging should be mandatory.
- New more modern design
- Dual alarms
- Rotary dials work well – good for seniors
- USB ports on the back (were on the front in V1)
- Auto-dimming so it won’t be too bright at night
- Reasonable sound quality – as good as most premium alarms
- Power-fail protect
- Slightly larger – approx. 50mm deeper than V1. This is only an issue if side table size is limited.
- Would have liked 5V/2A USB-A ports but 1A do the job
Tyhe Laser Alarm Clock V2 and V1 are unique in that they have converged extra functions into a bedside device.
- Overall: 4.6 out of five
- Features: 4 out of 5 – has everything you need
- Value for Money: 5 out of 5 – an Alarm clock with the works
- Performance: 5 out of 5 – Good sound quality and performs as specified
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – intuitive
- Design: 5 out of 5 – excellent converged product
$129.95 from Laser online or major retailers.