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[Windows] Use your computer as an alarm clock with Alarm Clock Pro by Koingo Software [Mac OS X]

2013-03-21_220054 [1]Your alarm clock is broken. You don’t want to use your phone to wake you up. Where do you turn to? With Alarm Clock Pro by Koingo Software, you can use your computer as an alarm clock. Let’s see if this program is worth your time.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

As the name implies, Alarm Clock Pro is an alarm clock program for your computer.

Take note Alarm Clock Pro works on Windows and Mac OS X. This review specifically looked at the Windows version.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-03-21_221130 [3]I’m not sure why anyone would want to use their computer as an alarm clock, but if you do then Alarm Clock Pro will get the job done. Indeed it is a feature-filled alarm clock that borders on automation tool due to the number of tasks it can execute whenever an alarm is triggered.

Alarm Clock Pro does what it claims to do but I don’t like this program. Why? Well, firstly, it requires Apple QuickTime to be installed. If you don’t have QuickTime installed, you won’t be able to use Alarm Clock Pro.

Secondly, unlike other alarm clock programs, Alarm Clock Pro does not have the ability to automatically wake your computer from sleep or hibernate. This means you need to leave your computer running (leave it on) for Alarm Clock Pro to play an alarm.

Thirdly, Alarm Clock Pro is, without a doubt, very feature-filled. However, while typically having a lot of features is a good thing, I feel all of Alarm Clock Pro’s features make it an unnecessarily complicated program. It is a bloody alarm clock. It should be point-and-click; I shouldn’t have to spend more than two minutes figuring out how to work this program. Granted, once you learn how to use Alarm Clock Pro, it isn’t hard to use. However, expect to spend a good chunk of time learning how to use Alarm Clock Pro when you are new at it.

Lastly, Alarm Clock Pro costs $19.95 (which allows you to use Alarm Clock Pro on Windows and Mac OS X but only once machine at a time). Really? $19.95 for an alarm clock program. Not a real alarm clock. An alarm clock program. Honestly, unless you really want to be woken up to the sound of the Miley Cyrus, you will save money by purchasing a real alarm clock for $10 or less. Or using your phone.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Alarm Clock Pro does what it claims to do; it is probably one of the more feature-filled alarm clocks you will come across. However, the requirement of QuickTime, the inability to wake-up computer from standby or hibernate, and the unnecessarily high price-tag make this a program dotTech does not recommend.

If you need an alarm clock, folks just go buy a real one. Or use your phone (even feature phones can set alarms; smartphones can set customized alarms). Or if you really want to use your computer as an alarm clock, grab Free Alarm Clock by Comfort Software [4]. It isn’t as feature-filled as Alarm Clock Pro but a) it doesn’t require QuickTime b) it is portable c) it can wake-up computer from standby or hibernate d) and it is free.

Price: $19.95

Version reviewed: 9.5.4

Supported OS: Windows XP or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Download size: 15.5 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45 [5]

Is it portable? No

Alarm Clock Pro homepage [6]