DGT is a well known and very reputable manufacturer when it comes to chess clocks.
They have a range of options on the market covering both analog and digital clocks and if you’ve moved from beginner level to a more competitive and accomplished chess player, you are bound to have used one of their clocks at some stage.
DGT Chess Clock Review
We’ll first take a look into the history of both clocks and make one quick mention. The DGT North American is another popular clock but is not FIDE approved which means it can’t be used in official regional tournaments.
The DGT 3000 and DGT 2010 are both FIDE approved so have a greater appeal to a more serious player looking to enter tournaments. This is one of the main reasons why both of these clocks are more popular options.
The DGT 2010 is the second generation clock to be released after its initial model in 2007. The re-release was made to include some new timer settings but the original model was given the title of the official FIDE chess clock which was the initial reason for its popularity.
The DGT 3000 was released in 2014 and is considered to be an upgraded model over the DGT 2010 with more timing modes included and the ability to link up to all DGT e-boards for more modern play styles.
To get a better overview of both these clocks and see how they stack up, we are going to compare their key features to see where each clock excels and if there is a standout option between the two.
We’ll start off with the section that most people will base their decisions on, price. A chess clock for the average player is not an essential purchase and therefore individual budgets will need to be taken into consideration.
Both DGT options are reasonably well priced and can be purchased within the $45 – $70 range depending on the retailer used and shipping fees. Between the two, the DGT 3000 will usually be the one priced at the upper end and some DGT 2010 models can occasionally be found around the $45 mark.
In terms of price comparison against other clocks on the market, both models are priced above basic models in the budget end but come in significantly cheaper than Chronos, another big player in the chess clock market.
They, therefore, carry a good reputation and can be purchased for very reasonable prices which is a winning combination.
Programming & Modes
One of the signs of a good “modern” chess clock is the programming options available and the number of timer modes that can be set. The DGT 2010 comes with 10 different timing methods (both Fischer and Bronstein), 34 presets, and delay options.
The DGT 3000 is a more advanced model and comes with 25 presets modes, 5 customizable modes to save your favorite games, and can be connected to all DGT e-boards.
Programming can be quite complex with this product but once you learn all of the settings, it is the most modern and versatile of the two clocks allowing for a greater range of games to be played with more timing and delay options available.
Design & Functions
Both clocks have an elegant and clean design that stands out during tournament play (which is why they are both seen so frequently at European tournaments in particular).
The DGT 2010 is a good looking clock that has a simple design and a more basic color range, a lot of users enjoy the feeling of this clock as the buttons are smooth and soft-touch.
In comparison, the DGT 3000 arguably looks the better of the two models with a larger screen that displays more information (most notably the seconds show from the start whereas on the 2010 model they will only show for the last 20 minutes) and it also has more design ranges including limited-edition models.
The feel of the DGT 3000 is, however, more robust/mechanical and does not feel as smooth during presses as the DGT 2010.
Where the DGT 2010 excels is the ease of programming and functionality. Setup is significantly quicker on this clock and one of the major downsides with the DGT 3000 is the settings can be quite complex, especially for beginners.
The DGT 2010 is still considered by many to be the best chess clock available despite being 15+ years old. Technology may have come a long way but the quality, ease of use, and programmable options still see the DGT 2010 maintain its standing as one of the most popular and widely used chess clocks on the market.
The DGT 3000 has boomed in popularity and is a top seller, especially on Amazon, and it’s the result of having a larger display with seconds shown right from the start, the connectivity to DGT e-boards, a huge 5-year warranty, and the more popular option when it comes to current tournament play.
Alongside the DGT North American, these two clocks are amongst some of the most popular you can possibly own which is a testament to the product quality and overall functionality.
Alternative clocks to consider
If you need a good quality and reputable chess clock, you really can’t go wrong with a DGT model. The DGT 3000 and DGT 2010 are arguably the two most popular clocks in their range and both come FIDA approved for tournament use.
We can’t say that one is better than the other as they will have slightly different aspects that will appeal to different players. The DGT 3000 is a more modern option with more programmable modes, timing options and is the more accepted model when it comes to the current tournament regulations.
Regardless of which clock interests you more, you can be assured that you are getting a high-quality chess clock that will serve players just as well in a tournament as it will making a great accompaniment to your home setup.