The latest chess timer from ZMartFun. The ZMF-II has modern, bright LED display technology, stainless steel, accurate, touch sense buttons, and durable plastic case made here in the USA.
Stable low profile with anti-slide rubber feet. Turn sound and lights on or off, Low power consumption means 1600 hours of use in normal conditions with 4 C batteries (not included). Intended for indoor use as the LED display is not as clear in direct sunlight.
One Year Warranty against manufacturing defects. Made in USA.
This looks like the Chronos. Is it the same? The ZMF-II has fewer features than the Chronos, but most everything you will need. Chronos has a metal case. ZMF-II is plastic. However at half the price you can buy two for the price of a Chronos.
Because I am a tournament director scholastic club instructor, I own a dozen of the ZMF-II Clocks and am very likely to buy more. With no moving plunger, I have found them to be much more durable than less expensive clocks such as the DGT Easy Timer. So over time, the durability saves money over replacing broken clocks. You can save three presets, which is about all you need for scholastic or club play. The kids really like all of the different colors for the housing and LED, so I recommend buying a variety of the options offered. My personal clock is a Chronos and like one other review said, its not quite a Chronos but for half the price, it is a good alternative for someone looking to buy multiple clocks.
I found this to be the best value clock for scholastic clubs and tournaments. I currently own a dozen and plan to buy more. No moving parts so it can withstand heavy use in blitz or bughouse (unlike my DGT Easy Timers which quickly broke). Kids like the different colored cases and LEDs. It will save up to three preset time controls - again about all you need for scholastics. For personal use, I have a Chronos. Like the product description says, its not quite a Chronos, but at half the price, its a good deal.
4 C batteries, a tiny display, no info shown, and limited options.
Not to mention it was over 50 dollars for all this.
On this plus side the color display is nice. But that's it.
This clock is a bad buy.
It's a digital clock meaning it will break and be harder to fix in a club setting than a mechanical clock. But for tournament play and non-blitz play, where the players are not banging the clock hard, it will last a long time. It has no 'memory' like the Chronos and it feels less "solid" but it is simple to set, and works fine, changing at the slightest touch as such clocks should. Recommended.