Product Type: Lexon portable radios
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Could this be the best rubberised radio around?!
Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio
Member Name: danny691
Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio
Advantages: Cool design, novel rubber finish, wide range of bright colours.
Disadvantages: The Lexon Mini Dolmen does offer better functionality. Lack of features.
I first came across the Lexon Tykho Rubber Radio at a friends' house. It certainly is a talking point for both my friend and now me as I own one myself now. At first I thought it was some kind of movie prop as it seemed like an imitation radio rather than a fully functional product! The Lexon Tykho comes in a range of 8 colours, my friend has the red one and I have a blue one, other colours available are white, orange, fuchsia, grey, yellow and green. Each one has a grey rotating antenna. The radio casing is made from rubber silicone and is certainly a unique idea! I can't help but mention that this radio has the potential to be a modern design classic.
With an AM-FM radio it does obviously have its limitations due to the advances of digital radio. Included in the purchase of my rubber radio were a set of 4 AA batteries, which this radio takes. The radio is quite compact with dimensions of 14cm x 8cm x 4cm and the electronic volume control will accommodate those listening in the garden or their living room. The frequency search function is controlled using the aerial - a novel idea! The speaker has quite an odd finish to it due to its rubberisation, but it does perform well. Giving a clear and accurate range it stands up well.
As the rubber radio is splash proof and shock resistant I find it ideal for use when I am in the bath. As it takes batteries this further strengthens its bathroom credentials! Priced at around the £40 mark I think it is affordable, but it wouldn't be hard to find a radio for half the price with twice the features of this one. Unfortunately they don't have the looks and the novelty value of the Lexon Tykho rubber radio, so it is certainly a viable option. For novelty value alone it earns plenty of brownie points, but that price is still quite heavy considering the lack of a digital display. remember this radio also possesses analogue stations, but you will be pushed to find a talking point quite like the rubber radio.
My final point is that if you are considering this product you may also like to take a look at the Lexon Mini Dolmen. It is a much more aesthetically pleasing product, with easier navigation through the radio stations and a more user friendly radio all-round. This also has a rubber casing.
Summary: Lived up to my expectations without overwhelming me.
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