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As I currently work in quite a quiet office environment, it is a nice disruption to my day having some noise in the form of the radio to make my work more enjoyable. Despite having the luxury of a small office shared by only myself and one other, I did first check with my colleague that it would be ok to bring in my radio from home before I brought it in. I have a couple of older radios at home, although both are rarely used and so sit on our bookshelf gathering dust. Therefore it was a nice opportunity for my Panasonic RF-3500 to get a little use when I carried it into work earlier this week and listening to it now I thought it was high time that I gave it a review.
The beauty of this radio in my opinion is that it is pretty basic to look at to be honest and therefore I do not have to worry when it sits on my desk that it will attract any unwelcome attention. The radio is simplistically styled with an all over black body which is formed into rather a thin rectangular shape with an inbuilt handle at the top with which to carry this radio. On the front of my radio, is a large square speaker with the Panasonic logo clearly displayed and the tuner which is presented in a grey and black strip which clearly marks the different frequencies. In terms of size this radio measures 24cm long by 14cm high by 9cm deep which means it is small enough to carry around with ease.
There are two options when powering this radio depending on where you locate it in a room and these are battery or plugging in to the mains. The option that I prefer is the battery one because it means that I can move my radio anywhere in the office that I am currently sitting. The radio takes two c-sized batteries and these are relatively easy to replace via a removable panel on the back of the radio. That being said, despite having owned my radio for a few years now I have yet to change the original ones.
As much as I like this little radio it is rather basic although I feel that this only adds to its charm. The tuner is analog and therefore to get the radio station you require you do have to adjust the band frequency knob at the front of the radio before turning the dial at the side of the radio to the required frequency the options of which are FM, AM, LW and SW. The signal is controlled via a silver antenna on the top of the radio which is quite long when fully extended and I find that this is essential to get my desired radio station although it does extend a good way over my desk and is quite easy to topple over. I am a bit of a fan of our local radio stations both of which are on an FM frequency and I am able to find these quite easily via moving the dial to the required setting. I find that the volume control on this radio is quite good and goes up to quite a high level of sound, however using it in the office I have yet to reach its full volume potential. The sound quality omitted from the speakers is good if a little muffled when the volume is turned up, nevertheless the quality is more than adequate for some quiet background noise when I am working.
I believe that I received this radio as a gift some three years ago now and as such I wouldn't know what was paid for it. However, it is currently priced on i-store-online for £27.47 which I consider an average price from such a reputable brand as Panasonic.
As a result of my experience I would have to award this radio four stars and it does come recommended. It is not the most attractive radio on the market nor does it have the most gimmicks but it does the job perfectly well and truly brightens up my working environment as I sit at my desk.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
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