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You can get the Roberts Ortus from John Lewis at around £120 or from Amazon.






You have to hand it to Roberts - the Ortus Time traditional-looking alarm clock hides digital radio functionality

Roberts Radio brings back traditional hands to its Ortus Time bedside DAB radio. With DAB, DAB+ and FM out-of-the-box, earning it a futureproofing 'digital tick', the Ortus' chunky depth means there's plenty of room for large, separate alarm, snooze and display dimmer buttons next to roller dials for volume and tuning.
Roberts Radio Ortus Time DAB/FM radio
Roberts Radio Ortus Time DAB+, DAB and FM bedside alarm clock digital radio

There are rotary dials for volume and tuning, a dedicated display dimmer button (no hunting around in menus for the settings are required with this model), easy set dedicated dual alarm buttons (again, making the process of setting daily, weekday and weekend alarms a simple process) and a contemporary analogue clock face with luminous hands and markers, with the added benefit of a digital display in the background, to help with time checks.

The display shows station name and can be set to show scrolling text. Any button will also act as a snooze button - no more fumbling around in the dark!

Despite its simple design, the mains-powered Ortus also features a headphone socket (to prevent you disturbing those around you while you listen) and 3.5mm audio input socket allowing cabled connections from your smartphone's headphone socket, letting you play your own tracks through the alarm clock's amplifier and speaker (which is mounted on the back of the clock). Your smartphone can also be charged from the alarm clock's built-in USB charger.

A compact 7.7cm deep x 14cm wide x 13.7cm high; and a sturdy 500g, the Ortus Time retails for under £120.

Check the left-hand column to find out where to get one, for under £120 for the Roberts Radio Ortus Time.
Roberts Radio Ortus Time DAB/FM radio
Roberts Radio Ortus clock face with analogue hands and digital display

Also consider:
Pure Evoke H2 tabletop radio with alarm (see review)
Pure Pop Maxi and Mini DAB tabletop/bedside radio

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