Price: from £100
The Bug is a digital radio with alarm functions for the bedside.
Its Wayne Hemingway design, reminiscent of ET, is fabulous.
The display is high on a flexible head - you choose the position and you choose what it displays.
Digital sound via the two speakers in the base is excellent, and because it collects the time from the radio signals, there is no need to ever change the time.
Buttons galore offer six radio station presets, a menu, info, snooze, auto-tune and record functions. The navigator button has much to do and it took a while to get used to hitting it correctly.
Unlike most radio alarms, the Bug can store live audio within the device or record radio to a memory card, which you can then transfer to a PC.
Alternatively, you can connect it directly to your PC via the USB port.
When the radio is switched off, either manually or automatically after the alarm has activated it, sleepy eyes blink in the main display which is a cute touch that entertained my kids.
I am mightily impressed with the look, functionality and sound of the Bug. Sadly, I still have great difficulty getting up in the morning.
- Dr Harry Brown is a GP in Leeds and editor-in-chief of Univadis (www.univadis.co.uk).