I was amazed at how hard it was to find an alarm clock that offered a large display that was not too bright to sleep near and more than a buzz or radio to wake up to that would start softly and increased in volume. It was easy to find 2 or three of my requirement, but not all of them. I had hoped for a more inexpensive model, but was happy to find one at all! It has so far met all my requirements although the increase in alarm volume is very, very slow. I just set it to start at a higher volume and it seems ok. It was pretty easy to set up - I only use one alarm, but 2 would be easy-ish, too. I have not yet used the time projection, but it seems like it could be useful at some point. Looks nice and is easy to read.