Neverlate 7-day Alarm Clock Review

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My search for the ultimate alarm clock has led me to
American Innovative’s Neverlate
7-day Alarm Clock. Although this clock radio was designed with the busy college
student in mind, I thought it might have the right set of features to earn a
permanent spot on my bedside table.

As the name implies, this clock has 7 individual alarms; one for each day of
the week. So, if you’re a college student and happen to have an early class on
Monday, a late class on Tuesday, and no morning class on Thursday, you can set
each alarm accordingly so that you can maximize your sleep. I’m not a college
student though and haven’t been for… wow, about 20yrs… So for me, I like to
have the same wake up time Monday through Friday and then different wake up
times for the weekend days. With this clock, I can easily accomplish this task.
But before we delve into the programmability of this product, let’s take a
closer look at the hardware.


The Neverlate is constructed of what feels like pretty rugged plastic. With
all the dials and knobs, it has a decidedly retro-geek look to it in my opinion.
It plugs into a standard 120V wall outlet. Two AAA batteries (optional) retain
the time and alarm settings for several days in the event of a power outage.

The front has the LCD and two knobs. One knob is the tuner for the built-in
AM/FM radio and the other is the volume adjust knob. I have to say that I was
pretty disappointed that the radio did not employ a digital tuner. Using a knob
is very retro. I found that not being able to see the station
frequency displayed on the LCD made precise tuning slightly difficult.


The display is backlit while you are interacting with the clock (i.e. while
buttons are being pressed or dials being turned), after 15 seconds of inactivity
the backlight dims to a level where it is just barely visible in a dark room.
This may be a problem for people like myself that have crummy eyesight at night
with my glasses off, but great for those people that hate bright clocks in a
dark room.

On the top of the clock there are 5 buttons and 2 dials. There is a button
assigned to turn the radio on and off, one to toggle between AM and FM, one to
put the clock in setup mode, one to go into sleep mode and one to go into nap
mode. Each button is clearly labeled and easy to access.

The Setup mode button is used to initially set the current time, day of the
week, and snooze duration. The large dial is the value dial which is the main
(and only) way to set time values. Basically you just continue to spin backwards
or forwards till you spin to the correct time. This can take awhile if you’re
going from 6:00 to 12:00.


The inner dial allows you to turn alarms to either Run or All Off. This dial
also allows you to select the day of the week when setting each daily alarm.
Setting the alarms is just a matter of picking the day and then spinning the
larger dial to the desired wake up time. That’s all there is to it. You can tell
when an alarm has been programmed when the day of the week has bars around it
like: |Mo| on the display. You can also see when the next scheduled alarm
is by pressing the snooze bar. Doing so will show the day of the week and alarm
time. Easy!

Some other little touches include the ability to customize the snooze
duration during the initial time setup. This time can be set between one and
thirty minutes. Same goes with the Nap timer. Just press the nap button and then
spin the value dial to nap between 1 and 120 minutes. While you are napping, the
remaining nap duration counts down on the LCD. Like to fall asleep to music?
Then you can press the Sleep button. Doing so will automatically shut the radio
off after one hour, or after whatever duration you select.

The Neverlate 7-day Alarm Clock is a very good value and is a couple steps
above a typical clock radio. That said, it still falls short of earning my title
of The Gadgeteer’s ultimate alarm clock. In order to come close to that, there
would need to be 2 alarms per day. I would like the radio to come on first and
then have a 2nd alarm where the buzzer sounds. This way you could wake up to
something a bit less harsh than the buzzer. During the review period I actually
used this clock with another one, so I could have both a radio alarm and a
buzzer alarm. Not the most convenient setup… By the way, the buzzer on this
clock is sort of a high pitch beep. It will definitely wake you up so that you
can get to either your job or morning class.


Price: $34.99

7 individual alarms, 1 for each day of the week
Easy alarm set
Nap feature
Sleep feature
Adjustable snooze time
Battery backup

Radio does not have a digital tuner
Only one alarm per day
Can’t have buzzer for one alarm and radio for the next


Product Information

Manufacturer:American Innovative
  • 7 individual alarms, 1 for each day of the week
  • Easy alarm set
  • Nap feature
  • Sleep feature
  • Adjustable snooze time
  • Battery backup
  • Radio does not have a digital tuner
  • Only one alarm per day
  • Can't have buzzer for one alarm and radio for the next

15 thoughts on “Neverlate 7-day Alarm Clock Review”

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  2. Can this unit be set to turn on the Radio volume up slowly?

    Meaning.. controling the volume, from soft-to-“your setting”?

    nothing more i hate then an alarm which just “turns on and off”.

    The old Panasonic “Tender-Wakeup” models would be able to control the volume..


  3. Picked this up for my wife 2 weeks ago. This was the best clock available that I could Find. I wanted: 7 daily alarms with 2 per day, digital tuner, and atomic auto set. The executive version of the Neverlate that is scheduled for Christmas 2005 is due to have a digital tuner.

  4. This product needs a 24-hour time display mode, not just the conventional 12-hour AM/PM mode. It would make mis-setting the clock and alarm times less likely, and would prepare a version of the product for sales in Europe, where people are accustomed to reading bus, train and class schedules in 24-hour format.

  5. Re—-Neverlate clock radio.
    Please could you help?.
    1.Does this radio have a headphone connection.
    2.Does the Nap Timer need to be reset for each time it is used or can it remain and just a single button be pressed to activate it,as I need to use it a number of times in the night.
    Thank you.

  6. Hey I have had this clock for about 6 years and I love it. I even bought the 2nd model. The problem is that the knob design kind of “screws up” after a while. The second one has so many features that you need an engineering degree to use it and same time set/alarm set problem. Neverused Alarm clock (still sitting in the box) Trying to set it it will change screen and time will go backward, etc. I can believe that American Innovate or someone else hasn’t come up with a new better design for this clock. If anyone knows of a 7-day programmable alarm clock let me know Please.

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