Get a Gogroove Bluetooth speaker alarm clock for $39.99
This phone-friendly nightstand accessory features NFC, USB, a remote and more. It normally sells for $55. Plus: free Starbucks!
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Here's what's cool about the BlueSync RST: It's a Bluetooth speaker, one that can be paired to your phone via NFC (assuming your phone supports that, of course). It's also a clock radio, one with an FM tuner and dual alarms.
It also comes with a remote for across-the-room volume control, FM tuning and more. In other words, it's a pretty full-featured alarm clock.
It's also a surprisingly good speaker, especially given its size. Nothing gets me moving in the morning like They Might Be Giants' "Istanbul," and it comes through clear and robust even at maximum volume.
Here's what's not cool about the BlueSync RST: the 10 flat control buttons "arranged" across the top. They're sufficiently confusing that Gogroove stuck a cheat sheet to the bottom of the clock. Even worse, the elongated snooze button isn't raised, and it shares space with the brightness-adjustment button. Couple dumb, dumb design decisions, there.
Also, don't lose the remote, otherwise you'll lose the capability to switch between Bluetooth and FM radio modes. Update:My bad. There is indeed a button on the clock proper that can toggle modes.
These gripes aside, I like the BlueSync RST a lot. The 1A USB port gives me a place to charge my phone at night without the need for a separate wall charger, and the stand gives me a place to, well, stand it. This feels pricey at $54.99, but reasonable at $39.99. Your thoughts?
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