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Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio
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Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio
Date: 29/06/10, updated on 29/06/10 (194 review reads)
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This radio is so cool, just to touch it would promote you to design heaven.
Lexon are a French company, they've been going since 1991 and have racked up lots of gorgeous products in that time - their areas of speciality are mostly electronics and luggage, with a good smattering of office and leisure accesories. This radio was designed by Marc Berthier. He looks nice in his picture.
The radio itself is quite basic, it isn't digital and has no regular dial. You tune in and out using the antenna (it twiddles). Buttons include on/off on the top of the radio, volume + and - is the lower set of buttons on the front. AM and FM buttons are the higher set. The size of the radio is quite small at 5.5" x 3" d 1.75". It is powered by 2x AA batteries that has a secure screw-in section in the base.
The radio is encased in a tactile rubber material. It feels similar to all that silicon bake ware that you can get nowadays, although I wouldn't recommend you pop it in the oven. Thanks to this material you get fantastic bright colours! Funtimes. It is currently available in the blue (as seen here), limey green, bright red, white, industrial grey, and canary yellow. The depth of colour is excellent - I have the white and I bought the blue for my Chelsea loving daddio. I have seen all the other colours and they are all excellent. They also used to do a bright pink as well, but this was discontinued earlier in the year.
Due to the rubber casing the radio is fine to use with wet hands - mine is in the bathroom - and although I haven't dropped it I'm sure it would withstand a little rough-housing. Because it is battery powered the radio is portable and its small size means it can fit easy in your handbag should you wish to take it to the park or beach. Although the radio is encased in rubber, it is very sturdy and not bendy!
The sound quality is excellent - it is crystal clear when in a good reception area and seems to travel through the house in a startling way.
I've had no issues with the radio so far, it is used most days for an hour or so, but if there was a problem its is backed up with a 2 year manufacturers guarantee. So that is reassuring.
I bought mine from a gorgeous shop called Bloomsbury in Bath for £45 each, you can also buy online through Amazon (although I think the vendor is actually Bloomsbury). www.bloomsburystore.com
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