2.2 out of 5 by 20.

Ortus 2 is a fully-featured alarm clock radio which delivers all you need in a bedside radio. With DAB/DAB+ and FM built-in, plus 2 alarm timers and any-button snooze, you can wake up listening to the radio or to a buzzer. The Ortus 2 also features a USB socket for charging a smartphone, tablet or other similar devices. 

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    FM/DAB/DAB+ Built in
    Headphone socket
    Auxiliary input socket for playback via smartphones
    USB smartphone charging
    Alarm function
    Yes, 2 alarms (DAB/FM/or buzzer)
    Configurable alarm duration
    Yes (30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes)
    Adjustable sleep, snooze and nap timer
    Adjustable display dimmer
    Night-time display
    Station presets
    Bedtime listening
    Large clock display in standby
    Menu display
    On-device Control
    Mains powered
    Battery powered
    Supplied accessories
    AC adaptor
    Dimensions (mm)
    170(w) x 106(h) x 64(d)


Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Unwelcome midnight alarm call

I bought two of these alarm clocks for my teenage children in the hope that they can get themselves up! Now one of them is playing up and goes off at midnight waking up pretty much the whole household. Now one very tired mum!

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Midnight alarm problem

I like the look and features of this clock but when Alarm 1 is set it also goes off at midnight. The good news is that it also goes off when intended but its clearly unacceptable to be woken up at midnight each night..

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Random midnight alaem

Like many others, was initially happy, had it for Christmas, but for the last month it has been going off at midnight as well as at the preset time. Most infuriating. Have contacted Roberts support so let’s see what happens.

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Alarm goes off at midnight even though not set

Thought it was me being stupid but I am having just the same problem. alarm going off at midnight even though not set. This is infuriating. Bought a Roberts radio because they are meant to be really good quality but this is driving me and the rest of my household mad. Please tell us the solution or offer a different model. I bought it a while ago and this has only started recently but clearly is a design fault unless you can offer some magic solution which I haven’t worked out.

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Similar problems with alarm

This is a decent radio and alarm BUT same as everyone else. The alarm randomly goes off at midnight disturbing a decent nights sleep. I have no idea why?! Please get this fixed because it’s a bit of a joke

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Alarm goes off at midnight so useless

Alarm goes off at midnight so this is effectively useless as I have had to turn it off. Just rubbish.

Rating: 3/5 49 years 11 months ago
Help! Alarm going off at midnight

Hi, I can’t find any help online or in the product manual. My Roberts Ortus 2 alarm keeps going off at midnight every night despite having it set for 6:40 weekends & 8:20 weekends. It sounds at these times too. But the midnight isn’t set?? Please help .... in need of a night sleep.

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Too complicated

The controls are not straightforward and I have to keep the instruction book beside it at all times; I love playing my iPod but it doesn’t charge it; my alarm has started going off at midnight every night even though it’s set for 6.25. Will be binning it.

Rating: 4/5 49 years 11 months ago
Take it all back

Alarm setting straight forward just don't do for the first time when you are about to go to sleep. Tip look at the preset buttons to find the alarm. So ignore my earlier post!

Rating: 2/5 49 years 11 months ago
Struggling with alarm

Great sound no idea how to set the alarm cannot find standby mode, if it's not going to wake me it's no use. It can go back tomorrow .

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Pain in the .......

Bought this a year ago this month and now playing up. I see others have the same problem of random alarms going off which render it useless. I contacted Roberts this morning requesting they revert before we have our ceremonial destruction service this evening with a glass of wine and a hammer but clearly they do not have my sense of urgency re my ability to get up in the morning without first being woken at midnight. MY recommendation DO NOT BUY and I will be looking for an alternative tomorrow.

Rating: 3/5 49 years 11 months ago
Nice Product But.........

I like the clock radio very much but I’ve given up trying to set up more that 3 presets on either DAB or FM. The manual is not at all clear in explaining how to do this and the multi function buttons are confusing too.

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
Alarm bug

Twice the alarm has not triggered after adjusting and saving a new time. A flawed product. Speaker quality could be better for the price.

Rating: 4/5 49 years 11 months ago

I'm surprised by other reviewers. I'm not a rocket scientist but find this easy to use. I did find it odd to turn the dial for different purposes but works ok. I usually use the 'sleep' button to have the radio on for up to 30 minutes in the middle of the night which is easy to operate and to find different pretuned stations in the dark. I'm now buying another one as a Christmas gift.

Rating: 1/5 49 years 11 months ago
very good until you hit the bugs

I really enjoyed this until the random alarm bugs started (I notice another reviewer has experienced the same problem). Basically whatever time I set alarm 1 to, it also goes off at midnight. I could live with this until alarm 2 started doing similar as well. That one now goes off at the set time and 6:20 am. it’s now unusable as an alarm clock unless I want to be disturbed at midnight or get up at 6:20.