Have you seen the Ten Best Looking (Free!) Screen Savers? Probably yes. Fliqlo and Word Clock are everywhere now—probably thanks to that super low price point! But you don’t have to spend a ton to get a truly unique and useful clock screen saver. In fact, you don’t have to spend anything. How do you know when a screen saver has jumped the shark and become too popular for it’s own good? Maybe when you see it staged as the computer background in a Sears catalog. Or when your grandma says she has the same one on her 1997 Gateway computer.
You know it’s time to drop Fliqlo and move on to a new screen saver. Here are a few screen clocks that will have your friends crooning, “Where’d you get that?!”:
Analogy A circular clock that’s just as beautiful as the more popular Word Clock, but not found on every screen at the local co-working space. For Mac OSX, Windows and Android.
The Colour Clock This rainbow-colored clock takes the six hour, minute and seconds digits of the current time and interprets it to display a hexadecimal color value. For Mac OSX 10.5+, Windows and Android.
Crazy Scribbles Another round clock with a dash of color and plenty of style. Get it here.
The Timeline This screen saver features just a few simple bars scrolling across the screen. It comes bundled up with the screen saver below, plus a bunch of other more hideous creations. Try to ignore the Comic Sans. For Windows.
Handwritten Clock Bundled with the one above, this cool screen saver displays the time with several small photos of each digit drawn on paper. As each digit changes, a real-life hand comes in frame to erase the old one and draw the new. For Windows.
By Taryn Fiol
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