Originally posted by Bruce Willis
I want to buy a chess clock; can you guys help me to choose one?
One thing I never considered while choosing my clocks, but now wish I had, is the option of having them be completely
The clock I did choose (DGT-XL) wound up being pretty silent, but not completely so. It makes a beep every time you turn it on (which you have to do to reset it after every game), and the big levers on top make noise when you push them. It's usually not a big deal at all, unless you're playing in a library (which I found myself doing quite a lot recently), where these relatively quiet sounds now sound loud and I wonder if I'm bothering other patrons with my clock.
I have seen other clocks which are completely silent, since they don't have any moving parts. If my clock ever breaks, I'm going to consider replacing mine with one of those.
That said, this is probably not the most important consideration when choosing a clock. I love my DGT-XL in every other way except for this. So I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, as it can do pretty much anything else you want it to except be totally silent.