Best desk clocks Thrifter 2020

While our computers and phones can all tell the time these days, nothing beats just glancing at a clock face. A desk clock is a must-have if you want to stop straining your eyes in order to read the time in the corner of your computer screen. The below options all make it really easy to check on the time to make sure you're not late for your next meeting, and many even throw in additional features that make your life even more convenient.

Best overall: JALL Digital Alarm Clock

Staff Pick

With an understated design showing you just the digital time and the temperature/humidity, this is a great addition to any desk. Its minimalist wooden appearance allows it to blend in with just about any decor, too.

$19.99 at Amazon

Small footprint: Lielongren Digital Alarm Clock

For something more compact and data-rich, opt for this option from Lielongren that displays the digital time, indoor temperature and humidity, as well as a color-coded key as to what conditions are comfortable. It has a 3-level adjustable LED backlight for optimum viewing angles.

$10.99 at Amazon

Charge up: Anker Soundcore Wakey

The Soundcore Wakey is more than just a clock. It also packs in an FM radio, Bluetooth speaker functionality, and has a built-in Qi charger on top. It supports fast wireless charging up to 10W and you can set up to 15 individual alarms. It's a powerful addition to any desk.

$74 at Amazon

Tick tock: JALL Analog Alarm Clock

Horology purists probably want something on their desks that have actual moving hands as well as a traditional watch face. This little battery-operated clock does just that. It's a simple, no-frills option for glanceable time and a couple of alarm options.

$11.98 at Amazon

Smart buy: LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Smart Clock

Why show just the time when you can connect to Wi-Fi and show the weather, incoming emails, calendar events, tweets, news, stock prices, and pretty much any other metric you can think of? This customizable smart clock displays so much data and also works as a speaker.

$176.54 at Amazon

Alexa-enabled: Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

Amazon now offers an Echo Dot with a built-in digital clock so you can see the time at a glance. It's a great addition to your desk, especially if you have smart home gear set up or want an easy way to stream some music or ask various questions throughout the day.

$44.99 at Amazon

Time's ticking

No desk is complete without a clock, and there are so many options to choose from. For something minimal that will blend in and just show you the time and temperature, we recommend the JALL Digital Alarm Clock. It's loved by existing owners and adds just the right amount of convenience without overcomplicating things. It also looks great.

Of course, you can make your desk clock into something more multifunctional if you want to maximize the best bang for your buck in terms of desk space. Options like the Soundcore Wakey give you a convenient way to charge your phone or play some tunes, while a full-on smart speaker with a built-in clock might be just the right choice if you want to be able to control your smart home without moving from your desk or shouting at Alexa across the room.

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