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Banshee Screamer Alarm

CNET Editors' review

This program lets you set reminders and sync your clock with atomic timeservers, but its spotty performance is a huge deterrent. Banshee Screamer Alarm places a skinnable digital clock on your desktop and lets you schedule as many alarms as you want on a one-time or daily basis.

Creating alarms is simple, and you can accompany reminders with the default beep or a WAV or MP3 file of your choice. In addition, you'll find options to shut down Windows or run a user-specified program, document, or URL when the alarm expires. We like that users can assign separate sounds and actions to each alarm, as well as synchronize the system clock with atomic timeservers.

Unfortunately, Banshee Screamer Alarm took a while to connect and eventually failed to synchronize our clock. Timers and countdown timers also are included in the package, though we didn't find an option to stop user-specified actions when countdown expires. During testing, for example, we set Banshee Screamer Alarm to launch a file after countdown elapsed. But upon expiration, it kept launching the file until we're forced to use the Task Manager to stop it. This freeware is suitable for users of all skill levels, but with the plethora of better applications on the market, this one is not recommended.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good program, not so good with Windows 7"

    March 24, 2014  |   By keepthefaithp

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    I have used this program for the past 10 years or so. In all that time, it's only failed to go off at the set time a few times & it's usually not the fault of the program itself (For instance, the first time it failed was because I hadn't disabled automatic Windows Updates, so my computer had rebooted itself & was waiting for a password to finish logging on...)

    Cons

    When using it on Windows 7, for some reason, it will not allow you to specify alternate mp3 files to use as the alarm - it will let you set them & will save your settings, but when the alarm plays it's just the default beep-beep-beep. I've tried it on 3 different computers with Windows 7, so it's not just a faulty set-up on one system. That's a real con considering I don't always wake up to a beep-beep-beep. (I normally customize it with a weird mix of sounds that my brain can't come up with a way to work into a dream - Big Ben/Roosters/Train Horn works well! LOL - but that's not possible with this glitch.)

    Summary

    Great little program, easy to use, not all functions work with Windows 7.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "An alarm - plain and simple"

    May 15, 2011  |   By waddlepat

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Does what it needs to - enables me to set an alarm (or alarms) and snooze if I need to.

    Cons

    Not very intuitive to use. Sometimes doesn't sync with the time server.

    Summary

    The bottom line is that it does what I want - it allows me to set an alarm. It has a snooze feature, which I use if I need a few minutes to finish what I'm doing. It also has a timer feature, but I've never used it. This is not totally intuitive to use, so it took a few tries to get it right. I have to remember to set the time. I also have to remember to unset the alarm, or it may go off when I don't need it.
    Overall this is exactly what I need in an alarm.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy and Awesome (like your mom)"

    March 31, 2011  |   By wilsonfm

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Everything about it from its small footprint to its ease of use

    Cons

    CNETS uninspired review

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Small, Works well, but won't open with shortcut"

    June 24, 2010  |   By BOBRGR

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Good minimalist countdown timer, clock and alarm
    Very low overhead

    Cons

    Wouldn't open by shortcut..very strange

    Summary

    I've had this on various PC's for years. Was surprised that it wouldn't open with a shortcut

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    February 20, 2010  |   By hell_raiser373

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Has a good look, easy to use once you get the hang of it, you can use you own music

    Cons

    After you download it, your a new tab will pop up and ask you to donate, not really a con, but slightly annoying

    Summary

    Overall a great product and it's free

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I think it changed some settings on my computer"

    December 19, 2009  |   By CaseyAzalea

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Easy to set up multiple reminder alarms and set them to play different wav files or music, and to set reminder messages. I guess the snooze feature is handy, although I didn't really need it.

    Cons

    I would have liked the alarm reminder message to be more obvious since that's the main reason I use a program like this. I would also like an hourly chime option, just because I got used to that with the old program I used before.

    Summary

    Seems like an okay program, but I stopped using it because It seems to have changed the power settings on my computer so it wouldn't go into standby or sleep mode (not absolutely certain it was because of this program, but they got changed somehow after I added it, so I have to suspect Banshee Alarm was the cause).

    I still want my old Alfaclock original version back!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Alarm Wakes Me with an OPERA or BIG BEN"

    October 10, 2009  |   By JB_Lapree

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Just drop in an mp3 file and there is your alarm sound. Automatic activation sets alarm only for the days of the week you need it. Always on top with tiny size won't distract you from your work or ruin your page view. Multiple alarm setting possible.

    Cons

    Typing in alarm times.

    Summary

    What a good old alarm clock for your PC. It seems like I have used this forever. That is what a good timepiece is all about. Service and longevity.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what I need it to."

    October 4, 2009  |   By Rujholla

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    Loud and annoying alarm tone wakes me up when I need it to. It's simple and easy to use.

    Cons

    Gets stuck on timer

    Summary

    Older Version was better and less buggy

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best alarm anywhere"

    April 15, 2009  |   By Cleraac

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    The Banshee works as advertised. I have several recurrent alarms set to different specs with different alerts and never fail.

    Cons

    More skins and sizing options would be a plus.

    Summary

    The alarms are easy to set and customize.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I needed!"

    February 7, 2009  |   By kmasters

    Version: Banshee Screamer Alarm 2.55

    Pros

    This clock runs in the background, has a regular-sounding alarm and is very easy to set and use.

    Cons

    There's nothing about this app that I don't like

    Summary

    Once it is set up, this desktop alarm clock works just like a regular one. You simply click on the clock to set up alarms. Nothing could be easier. I've tested it and it sounds like a regular alarm clock when going off and now I don't oversleep!

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