In the months when darkness falls before the workday concludes, a well-lit house adds a touch of warmth to cold winter days. With this electronic, seven-day timer from Timex, light need not ratchet up electric bills or waste precious energy. Users simply plug a lamp into the timer and program the handy gadget to flick on moments before arrival. Users also can plug a coffee maker into the timer, for freshly brewed java first thing in the morning.
With heavy-duty grounded plug, the 1875-watt capacity timer services two and three prong electrical appliances alike. The LCD display presents easy-to-read digits for user convenience. The timer handles a full week's worth of programming, with twenty potential programs available per day. Vacationing users also can opt to set their timer on random, igniting plugged in lamps at unpredictable times to confuse possible burglars who might otherwise infer a vacant house. Times automatically adjust for daylight savings time. Timex offers an extended four-year warranty with product registration and fee. The timer measures 1-1/2 by 2-3/4 by 3 inches. --Jessica Reuling
Customer Review: Way too complicated, overkill on the functions
This is just way over the top, an example of too much technology for its own good. The buttons are too small and the display too dark to read, and somehow it never seems to go on & off when I wanted it to. I've had it with this.
Customer Review: Fairly simple timer with lots of features
We got this timer initially to make our coffee at work in the morning without having the cleaning lady get up early to do it, and it works great for that. The range of days that you can set this timer makes it nice, because we can have it plugged in with the coffee and water in the pot already and it will only turn on M-F.
It was a little complicated to program at first, because there is an override button (make sure it is on auto if you want the timer to work right!) on it and the display is a little overcrowded, but it sure doesn't take an electronics expert to this machine out, either. I like the idea of having batteries built in as well, because our power tends to blink here. I do wish it didn't take up both wall outlets (too high), but that's not a very big issue for us. You could just plug a short extension into the wall and then plug this unit in (fire issues?) if you need both outlets.
In general, this is a good timer with some nice features if you're willing to put up with a mediocre interface and display.