Ortus Time


2.88 out of 5 by 8.

Striking design and fantastic clock radio features make Ortus Time the ideal bedside radio. Boasting built-in DAB+/DAB/FM wavebands, USB smartphone charging, 2 alarm timers, and an auxiliary input socket, Ortus Time is a clock radio with a difference.

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    FM/DAB/DAB+ Built in
    Headphone Socket
    Line-out (Analogue)
    Line-out (Digital)
    Auxiliary input socket for playback via smartphones
    USB smartphone charging
    Alarm function
    Yes, 2 alarms(DAB/FM/or buzzer)
    Adjustable sleep timer
    Adjustable display dimmer
    Station presets
    On-device Control
    Mains powered
    Battery powered
    Supplied accessories
    AC adaptor
    Dimensions (mm)
    137w x 140h x 77d
    490 g


Rating: 3/5 48 years 12 months ago

Noted that another customer has the same issue with the analogue clock at night being impossible to see. I too need glasses to read, therefore the small digital window is also impossible for me to see. Your response was that the clock illuminates, but NOTHING ABOUT THE HANDS, so what is the point. You say in the manual that the tips of the hands are luminescent. Mine are not. What are you going to do about this otherwise brilliant clock radio?

Rating: 4/5 48 years 12 months ago
Perfect looking product with minor letdowns

I received this today and bought it based on its updated classic looks and great spec. Its a great looking item and goes perfectly with my decor (black, wood, brushed stainless). Radio sounds perfect too, i only need one speaker in the morning, ive got a hifi for stereo. Easy enough to get used to the menu controls. Only 2 faults. The tips of the hands are really hard to see at night, i cant help but think that more could have been done. And limiting the alarm to 10 on the volume. Why do that? Im not hard of hearing but im a heavy sleeper, i can imagine that volume not waking some people up. Its definatly very very very good, but not quite excellent.

Rating: 5/5 48 years 12 months ago
Striking design and easy to use.

A beautiful combination of classic analogy clock design integrated with an electronic clock for night. Yet quirky at the same time with real wood shaped on the side that gives a hint of 50s/60s chic. Sound very good and very easy to use, brought for my wife. She likes music, I like talk and the sounds suits both. Easy to tune, and has a three stage dim setting for night so no night illuminations.

Rating: 5/5 48 years 12 months ago
Looks good and does the job

I bought this as I prefer the look of an analogue clock. Having had this for a few days now, I'm not sure why others have been so negative. The hands are have luminous ends and the clock has an adjustable back light which means it is possible to set the illumination to suit your needs. My clock sits on my bedside table, so I have it on a lower illumination setting, but it can be increased by pushing the display button. My experience is that the time display in the centre of the clock face can be seen at night and I can also see the illuminated ends of the hands, but I find I prefer to use the digital display during the night. (Note - I do use reading glasses but don't require these to see the illuminated information at night when on the second lowest setting). Unlike my previous Roberts radio clock, the Ortus Time allows a pre-set volume to be defined as part of the alarm setting and also gives the option of selecting a pre-set station to wake up to - which I find very useful. As with all Roberts goods, the radio itself is high quality and I'm very pleased with this product.

Rating: 1/5 48 years 12 months ago
Impossible settings!

Stylish well made clock however I cannot fathom the complicated settings and wish I had returned this item. It’s expensive and the settings buttons are not easy to press. Very disappointed.

Rating: 1/5 48 years 12 months ago
Roberts should recall this product

I bought the Ortus Time from John Lewis in November and initially loved the features and design. That is until the clock radio would wake me up every single night at 23.59 to reset itself for a minute with a loud whurring sound- basically recounting the whole day's time until it reached 00.00. I returned the clock radio on Saturday John Lewis who advised they had a new batch from Roberts, so I exchanged it. This second version has lasted 2 days and has again started to reset. I will be returning again and this time asking for a refund - I am disappointed as Roberts should have tested this product more rigorously, if they had they would have quickly found this fault.

Rating: 1/5 48 years 12 months ago

We purchased the Robert's Ortus Time because we loved the design but had to return it as the minute and hour hands were not luminous. What is the point of having the minute segments illuminated if we can't see where the hands are? We were disappointed to have to return it. A bad design fault!

Rating: 3/5 48 years 12 months ago
Really want to love this but can't...

Such such a shame, i really want to love this clock radio but after a couple of days use, alas it will be returned. I bought it because I like old style clocks and a proper clock face, this had the added bonus and functionality of DAB Radio. However what I can't get my head round is why you would have a lovely clear clock face, whose hour markers illuminate at night but then omit to illuminate the hour and minute hands??, ultimately rendering the clock face useless for at least half of the day. I wear glasses and thought this would be perfect for me to read the time in the middle of the night (if a little blurily) but instead i have to try and read the digital time display which is quite small and isn't what I wanted at all. Bizarre.. and a little bit gutted.