Written by Laurence

Expert review of the Philips Somneo HF3650

I am an evening person, which means that I am difficult to fall asleep and even more difficult to wake up. That's why I could not wait to test the Philips Somneo HF3650. This alarm clock helps you wake up more energetically and fall asleep more slowly. I put the device on my bedside table for a week and tested all the properties.

In short

  • Thanks to the simulation of a sunset, you gradually fall asleep.
  • The wake-up function with light and sound makes you wake up more energetically.
  • The breathing exercises with sounds are soothing.
  • You can adjust the settings quickly and easily via the touchscreen.
  • The breathing exercise with light pulses is not useful if you want to lie with your eyes closed.

First impression

Philips Somneo HF3650

The first thing that struck me was the futuristic design. The design looks like a sun and has a hole in the middle. This makes it seem like the alarm clock has run out of a science fiction film. Traditional push buttons are missing. As soon as you connect the alarm to the power socket, various LED lights reveal the built-in touchscreen. I had to sacrifice the socket of my telephone charger to connect the alarm clock. That is why it is convenient that the device has an integrated telephone charger.

Specifications at a glance

Controls Philips Somneo HF3650

Highlighted specifications: controls

Before I could use the alarm clock, I had to set the digital clock. This way I could immediately start with the touch screen. The screen responded quickly and accurately to all touches, resulting in a pleasant user experience. After entering the time I easily navigated through all settings. It is nice that you can personalize all options. Think of the light intensity, the wake-up sounds and the noise level.

Breathing exercises Philips Somneo HF3650

Specifications highlighted: breathing exercises

I often go to bed with a head full of thoughts. That is why the breathing exercises were a godsend. I put in 8 breaths per minute and concentrated on the sound of the sea. By tuning my breathing to the sound, I slowly came to rest. You can also tune your breathing to light pulses. I found it less useful, because during such exercises I prefer to close my eyes.

Sunset Philips Somneo HF3650

Specifications highlighted: sunset

After I finished the exercises, I activated the sunset simulation. With this function the light goes out slowly until it is completely dark in the room. The idea is that your body is slowly being prepared for the night's sleep. This worked remarkably well. As the light dimmed, I gradually fell asleep. I found this way of falling asleep much more pleasant than when I was directly in the pitch darkness.

Sunrise Philips Somneo HF3650

Specifications highlighted: sunrise

Half an hour before the set alarm time, the alarm clock emitted a red glow. This light became brighter and yellower, just like a real sunrise. When the alarm went off, I did not feel the urge to snooze and I came out of bed more energetically than usual. If you want to snooze, put your hand briefly on the top of the alarm clock. Here is a motion sensor that automatically activates the snooze function, so you do not have to search for a button.

Laurence
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