WITTI Beddi Style Intelligent Alarm Clock REVIEW
I am a habitual snoozer. When my alarm clock goes off in the morning, I always hit the snooze button two or three times just to try and grab those last few minutes of sleep. For a few years now, I’ve pretty much used my iPhone as my alarm clock. The only thing I don’t really like about it is that you have no control over the amount of snooze you have. I also find myself having issues waking up with my phone alarm sometimes because I’ve gotten used to the sound. I don’t like the typical alarm clock buzzer, which is part of the reason I chose to use my iPhone. With all the reasons I have for hating alarm clocks, I also find them to be completely necessary. When I recently found myself becoming completely immune my phone alarm clock, I started looking at other types that are out there and came across the Beddi Style.
Beddi Style is a smart alarm clock from WITTI Designs. It’s designed to work with your smartphone not only as an alarm clock but also as a sophisticated Bluetooth speaker. The Beddi Style is a bit larger than a standard alarm clock radio would be, but not by a whole lot. There is a larger version of the Style simply called the Beddi. What sets these two models apart besides the size is the programming and the fact that you can swap out the faceplate on the Beddi Style to match your home’s decor.
The Beddi Style is designed to allow you to wake up smoothly with an increasing alarm sound or your own music playlist. It also provides you the option to play a variety of white noise tracks to lull you to sleep easier and allow you to have a better, deeper night sleep. There are four different alarm sound options: beep, relax, Bluetooth music, or Apple Music. The device includes a USB-A port on the back so that you can plug in another device for charging.
One of the features that is really cool about the Beddi Style is that there are two programmable buttons that allow you to control the alarm, music, and mood light that is on the alarm itself. You can dim the display of the clock within the settings of the app and customize your lighting with the Light Control function also within the app.
The Beddi Style comes in a very nice white box with WITTI branding. It highlights the main features of the alarm clock and lets you know that the app is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play store. When you first open the box, you will find a “Thank you for choosing Beddi Style” card. This card is also a quick start guide written in multiple languages. In my opinion, the multiple languages make the layout feel a bit confusing as all the languages are lumped together in one place. Next, there is an advertisement flyer for the different faceplates for the Beddi Style.
Finally, we get to the actual hardware. The Beddi Style along with its power adapter are very securely packaged and encased within some pre-formed cardboard. These were obviously designed to keep the unit from slipping around the larger box. Once you remove the foam liner that the Style comes in, you are ready to plug it in and get started. The fashion faceplates are sold separately although the unit does come with the black one pre-installed.
Before I really dive into my trial of the Beddi Style, I want to point out that I am very happy to have it by my bedside. Since I’ve been using it (properly), I feel as though I sleep better and wake up easier. That said, I had a bit of a rocky start with the Beddi Style. The setup process isn’t difficult. You plug the clock into the wall and once it starts up, you open the Beddi app and connect to the detected Beddi device. Once you are connected, you can start customizing your user experience through the app. The problem I had was that while the app told me I was connecting with a Beddi Style, it was acting like I was connecting to a full-size Beddi. The menu was showing that I had three smart buttons to program when I actually only had one on the Beddi Style. The other thing that was horrible was that none of the buttons actually worked. So, while I could set the alarm, I couldn’t shut it off without unplugging the clock. Fortunately, there was a very simple solution — a firmware update.
I contacted WITTI and told them about my problem. They were very quick to provide a solution and directed me to the firmware update that was on their website. The only downside for me was that it’s currently only available for Windows computers. I happen to have both systems available at home but thought it was a little odd that the update wasn’t available through the app itself. I had a few issues getting the firmware package downloaded, but as it turns out, that was because I was using Microsoft Edge as my browser. When I switched to Firefox, I didn’t have any issues and the Beddi Style was updated within a few minutes. The interesting thing to me was that this instantly changed how the device was viewed in the app.
Other than this hiccup, my experience has been pretty smooth. I fumble a little with where things are located in the app. I feel like it could be a little more intuitive and organized better, but there is a lot to it. The best part about the Beddi Style is that I really do feel like I sleep better. I’m currently using a sleep tracker on my bed and since I’ve been using the white noise generator part of the Beddi, my sleep score has been higher than when I sleep without the white noise being played. I also have found that it’s easier for me to wake up in the morning with the Beddi’s gradual alarm. It isn’t as jarring to wake up to because it starts nice and low and eases you into a louder alarm. Finally, the feature that I like the most is that you can set your own timing for a snooze alarm. While that may seem like a small thing for some people, but for me, it’s HUGE.
Summary Overall, I like having the Beddi Style to help me start my day easier. There are some things I’d love to see improved about it, but think that it’s a really awesome product with a lot of potential. If you are like me and a habitual snoozer, the Beddi Style might be a really good option for you.
Originally published at macsources.com on April 28, 2017.