This little guy is extremely cool. the time is clearly displayed in this classy, sleek box. There is no change on the outside of it where the number show up, look s as though they just magically appear on the surface. You can put it right by your bed, because the numbers disappear after 8 seconds. So no light in your face all night. But wake up in the middle of the night, all you have to do is snap your fingers, clap, tap your table and the time pops back up. Such a great piece. Only down side is that it is really tiny. Check the measurements before purchasing if you expect it to be large.