@Pufferfishy Nah, I was afraid they might charge me $20 for the artisanal wood. I know the “mineral rock” that was on the table could be kept for $27. The bottled water in the mini bar was supposedly bottled rainwater and $9 a bottle.
I am unaccustomed to the hipsters-with-money scene, so this hotel that was a triumph of form over function was a little weird to me.
@djslack Sounds like Aloft in Cupertino, CA (2 blocks from Apple HQ) . Loaded with broken innovations, and of course, non-functional Apple gear at every turn. Best part was the band that played in the lobby a few nights a week - one of the guys was the clone of a mid-90’s Bill Gates, and he dressed the part (surely on purpose). Sad;y I didn’t get a real great shot of the guy (he’s on the left)
The hipster artwork all over the place was waveforms from snippets of Steve Jobs “greatest speeches”.
At one point the trim strip that edged the closet opening decided to go into attack mode and fell on my as I came out of the shower (the air management in the room clearly being handled by an iDevice as it was humid enough to raise orchids, which is likely what was making the room gradually un-glue itself)
Every single person I interacted with at the front desk was in a daze - as though it was their first day on the job, unable to address virtually anything I asked with anything other than “I will find out and get back to you”. The icing on the cake (and my last stay at an Aloft ever in my life) was getting a call while I was sitting at lunch on a Saturday, asking when I planned to check out. My booking was through the following Tuesday. They had sold my room and despite my vociferous objections literally put me on the street. The entire town (from Palo Alto to San Jose) was sold out for something - I ended up sleeping at a co-workers house.
There was TWO highlights to staying there - a Philz Coffee directly across from the hotel, and on my walk there and orphaned load of bread that I photographed every day for like a week…
@cinoclav It looks like the one for sale today is the TYM+, while the ones in that hotel are the original TYM. There were 4 or 5 black plastic buttons on the back to control this one, and I don’t recall it having the charging ports but I could be wrong about that.
@Pufferfishy sounds very similar, with less tech and more weird. Also, are you sure that bread wasn’t just given back to nature as labeled?
@tinamarie1974@Woody1 As someone not born before 1938, I dispute that remark – I use an alarm clock and I don’t use an app on my smartphone. When my alarm goes off, I’d rather pound on a $20 clock than an $800 phone.
@raive Yep, a simple, LOUD alarm clock with only a couple of buttons (snooze, “off”) is what I wanted. And found one at the Am@z place for under $8. I’m not hard of hearing, just a really sound sleeper when I have to get up before I really want to! It’s not quite as attractive as this one, but it does the job!
@raive Yep. Way back when, I had a clock with buttons that were all flush with the top. After ripping the thing out of the wall a few times, I solved the problem by sticking a thumbtack in the snooze button so I could find it in the dark.
My 2nd purchase in May 6,2015 was a projection, talking alarm clock that sets time and date automatically by Oregon Scientific and it was only 5 bucks, been using it 4 years now and consider it one of my top 3 purchases on meh so have to say no tonite for a change of pace .
@mellowirishgent I bought one of those. Took it to work primarily because it also provided the temp. It has trouble connecting to sync the time so it’s now a $5 thermometer. Guess it could’ve been worse.
I wish someone would make a clock radio that had a realistic size snooze button that you can find when you’re half-dead and not accidentally press another button while searching for it. Maybe the size of the Meh ‘Add Topic’ button would do.
Can the electronics industry as a whole, with particular regard to Bluetooth speakers, please move away from the concept of using one pair of buttons to control both volume AND track skip? This, more than any other single thing, is what makes me decline more Bluetooth device purchases than any other. It’s extremely awkward to adjust volume only slightly…you have to hold the button down. If you press and release too soon, you skip tracks. It’s also usually impossible to quickly raise or lower the volume.
Surely it can’t be that difficult to implement four buttons to control these completely unrelated tasks seperately? Or, you know, just forego track skip buttons entirely, on the premise that 95% of people use the connected device to control their music?
I picked up a vintage Hot Wheels am/fm radio about 5 years ago at a garage sale…and it has battery back-up. works great, has a timer as well. I also have a Google home mini in the bedroom for music and alarm and sleep sounds as well.
There are just as many 1- and 2-star reviews for this thing on Amazon as there are 4- and 5-star reviews. So I guess whether or not you buy this would depend on if you’re an Oversized 55oz Beer Stein half-empty or half-full kind of person.
@therealjrn I’ve been married for a very long time so the only thing I am actually fumbling around for is the actual snooze button. This tiny actual button is, for me, a non starter. I hate snooze buttons so much that all I have to do to snooze my current clock is wave my hand above it. Leads to less fumbling.
The last time I purchased a speaker dock like this on Meh, the speaker stopped working after about two uses, the remote never worked because the app went out of business, and its use as a giant phone charger also crapped out because the cord went bad.
Looks cool, but would have to be less than $10 for me to bite. ONLY as a clock, though! These reviews on Amazon probably sum up what meh says:
Pretty, but frustrating design
at least the clock works
Don’t try to use this as an alarm clock radio
The first one had a fun description of the issues: "It looks good, but if you want a clock radio - get something else. Very annoying to use the radio - no easy way to tune to your station, makes a loud BEEP every time you push a button (any button). If you turn it off and then on, the radio always seems to reset itself to a very loud volume, no matter what. Imagine that you want to put on some music to fall asleep - or turn on the news first thing in the morning. With this radio your experience will likely be, “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! STATIC AT VOLUME LEVEL 1,000, BEEP! BEEP! CRASH (as you throw this thing against the wall)”
I’m pretty impressed with this device! The speakers sound very good. The strange LED through wood display looks very good! The FM radio works. It works well as a bluetooth audio device and it powers phones.
It is true the buttons are hard to use. They are capacitive and very slow to respond. I’m sure I can figure it out with the massive manual (it is big because it’s for every language). If that part could be fixed then everyone in the world ought to have one!
The looks . The function and selection buttons suck. Yes and trying to tune to an FM station is frustrating because half the time the button switches to a volume setting, and when you turn off the radio and turn on again it defaults to the loudest setting! Very loud, and the buttons don’t respond quickly enough to turn it down! I am a disappointed purchaser. How do I return this?
Q: What’s your return policy?
A: If it’s damaged, defective, or just DOA, we’ll either refund or replace it at our discretion. Just fill out our support form and tell us all about it.
We DO NOT accept returns if you just decided you didn’t want it, don’t like the color, or just feeling a little buyer’s remorse. You might try eBay - with as cheap as you probably got it, you could even end up making a little off it. Or hone your reputation for generosity by giving it to someone a little less picky.
@MINUANO68 Yo, I just want to echo everything in this comment, except the futile request to return this…lovely but poorly-thought-thru clock radio. As everyone says, its aesthetics are dead on. But like so many lovely things in this world, the functionality is dreadful. Just. Dreadful. The meager buttons rely on a short-press, long-press and the response is a decidedly unpleasant beep/screech. Even setting the clock was ear-cringing. I gave up on setting any FM stations because of the sheer unpleasantness of operating the radio.
But it looks pretty sharp on the bedstand, so I got that going for me.
I too regret this purchase. Terrible interface. Impossible to tune without messing with volume or adjust volume without changing the station. The beep it makes when you push a button is ‘alarm clock’ volume. So much regret.