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Talking Desktop Clock

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Although the clock in the Windows system tray displays the time, it doesn't do much else, and there are a variety of programs that seek to provide useful clock features that Windows doesn't. Talking Desktop Clock is an attractive addition to the default Windows clock, and we recommend it to anyone who could use an audio reminder or alarm.

Talking Desktop Clock appears as an icon in the system tray and also displays an attractive translucent analog clock face, which disappears when you mouse over it. Opening the Options menu revealed a wide variety of settings, including numerous different clock faces and opacity controls. Talking Desktop Clock can be set to play a variety of different sounds or speak the time at given intervals, including on the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour, or after a set number of minutes. If you only want the program to play sounds during certain hours of the day, that can be specified as well.

Talking Desktop Clock uses Microsoft Agent and Microsoft Speech for speaking the time; the familiar Agent characters Merlin, Genie, Peedy, and Robby appear when they're selected, or the Speech voice Sam can be used instead. Tooltips instruct users on the program's features, but we found it easy to figure out.

Overall, we found Talking Desktop Clock to be versatile, attractive, and easy to use, and we think it's a great choice if you need to be reminded of the time for any number of reasons.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Excellent pro-spyware program..."

    April 8, 2013  |   By joehavermann

    Version: Talking Desktop Clock 1.2

    Pros

    Tells the time. Beeps if you want when you want it to.

    Cons

    I'm normally pretty careful about opting out of the malware CNet promotes through the various freeware it pimps out on its website. But I was tired when I downloaded this, and I have spent the last several hours trying to get everything off of my computer (running Webroot, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, etc.) ...

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    The people responsible for this deserve a special place in hell.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "keeps freezing"

    April 8, 2013  |   By 1noe

    Version: Talking Desktop Clock 1.2

    Pros

    fun to personalize to an extremely detailed level

    Cons

    froze so many times i had to uninstall it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice Clock a Couple Features (For Windows 7 users)"

    July 26, 2012  |   By Dragaran

    Version: Talking Desktop Clock 1.2

    Pros

    Configurable and gives choices on look and feel of clock.
    Nice "Fade on Mouse Over" effect that's handy if you have items hiding under the clock.

    Cons

    Cannot bring up Windows taskbar calendar, when you click on the taskbar clock while this clock is running.

    No option to start the clock with Windows, and takes a bit of fiddling by hand to get it to do so as the clock is hiding somewhere VERY effectively (and not in any of the usual places).

    The spoke time is limited to the synthetic voice available in Windows.

    Summary

    I like and use this clock on Windows 7 to keep track of time while I'm on the computer, as you can configure it to not only tell you (or chime) the hour, but also half hour and quarter hour.

    If they fixed the items in my Con list, I'd give 5 stars for this program, but as is it's serviceable and versatile if a little awkward.

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