Digital, by the name, suggests use of digits. Instead of using traditional digits from 0 to 9, computing devices make do with only two; 0 and 1. In fact, to the core, they are not even digits but rather ‘states’ of semiconductor materials. The growth in ICs and fabrication technology has made it such that every mechanical gadget now has a digital counterpart. Clocks are no different.
A digital alarm clock is basically a computer. You might prefer to call it an embedded system to be a bit more accurate, but it’s a negligible detail for the non technical audience. Now if you have been following us, we have already mentioned on our article on analog clocks that a timekeeping oscillator is required whether or not a clock be analog. This applies here even more rigidly because all computing devices are based on some synchronization between their components. This is achieved by generating regularly spaced electrical pulses similar to our heartbeat. Once the frequency of oscillation is known, the device can be calibrated to measure standard hours, minutes and seconds.
The main advantages of having a digital alarm clock is undoubtedly the huge feature set. Since the device uses ICs, it is often loaded with features like connectivity, FM radios, smart assistants and much more. However, they are sometimes a bit overpriced compared to analog clocks but we think that’s justified.
In terms of maintenance though, analog devices perform much better because generally speaking, there is no hope for dead ICs. However, it might not be the most important concern for most people. The real choice is probably between aesthetics and luxury, prices, preferences regarding to alarm mechanics and a few more factors.
If you are looking for a digital alarm clock yourself, we feel great that you found us before diving into the abyss. There are so many products and all of them have varying features and they offer different value per buck. We believe that products are not made good or bad by intent; it’s just that people have different needs and therefore different products that suit them. A product with less features is not necessarily a bad product; it might be well built and perfectly suit someone’s needs.
We strongly recommend that you check our reviews section to learn more, especially if you are planning to make a purchase yourself. Our team has done an extensive research on most competing alarm clocks on the market, sorted them by brands, value and designs so that you can conveniently find what you want.