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I purchased a Pure One Mini Radio from Argos for around £35 a few years ago. It is still for sale at Argos for £49.95, and can be collected in store or home delivered. I purchased mine from my local Argos store to save on delivery costs.
Amazon are also selling Pure One Mini Radio but at a slightly higher price of £57.51, however the market place are selling them from around £39.99. It is worth checking eBay as I often find good prices on such items and in good condition too.
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* LCD display.
* 16 preset stations - allows you to easily switch between your favourite stations.
* Generates 1.6 watts RMS - the average measurement of a speakers output.
* Auto time update.
* Auto tune and auto scan.
* Auxiliary input connector for iPod or MP3.
* Headphone socket for personal listening.
* Size H13.5, W13, D6cm.
* Mains operated or batteries required 1 Li-Ion.
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The main reason I opted for this radio was that it played DAB & FM radio, which means I can enjoy listening to digital stations as well as my normal favourite FM radio stations. It is very compact in size which is why it is called a Mini radio measuring approx 35 cm in height, 16 cm wide and 6 cm deep. This was perfect for me as I could place this easily on my kitchen worktop without it taking up any unnecessary room, as I already have many other large appliances and kitchen equipment scattered on my kitchen worktop so the last thing I needed was another large appliance getting in my way when I'm cooking.
Appearance & Design
The mini radio looks great too, so if fits into my black and sliver kitchen colour scheme well as I have the black Pure mini radio model. It is square in shape and has a simple design. It does also come in pink, silver, blue, but I personally like black the best as it still manages to look modern and attractive at the same time, plus I don't think my partner would like having a pink radio! It has an aerial that is folded into the top compartment, and can be easily pulled out when needed. I like how it is hidden away into the compartment when not in use, as it allows it to keep its nice simple square shaped design.
Easy To Set Up
It is simple to set up and use, you just plug the power cable into the mains and switch the power on and it automatically starts searching for all the well-known radio stations. It automatically presents 16 stations, which was great as I could instantly start listing to my favourite stations such as the BBC stations without wasting time trying to find them myself, and if you prefer to store different stations you can store up to 16 into the radio.
The radio has a small LCD screen that displays the radio stations playing, as well as time and date etc. Although small in size, it still manages to display information clearly in digital form, and also in clear black text. It also displays signal strength, which is useful when you are trying to find a good place to put it and find the best signal area. It is a very useful added feature to have a LCD display providing you with all the key information as to what radio station you are listening to.
Sound Quality and Reception
The sound quality is excellent; all digital stations are crystal clear and easy to listen to. I have not experienced any interferences or crackles during playback. The FM radio stations are also very clear, as long as the signal is good and you find a good signal area to put the radio (not hard to find as the signal range is really good) it works great. The sound is equally as great from room to room, so sometimes I would have this on in my office or in the bedroom and the signal range is just as good and manages to pick up all of the main stations clearly.
The volume levels are easy to adjust and found that the sound quality to be good at even higher levels, sometime when we have a few friends round we would put the radio volume up loud and the sound didn't get distorted at higher volumes. I mainly have the volume set at medium as I think this is high enough to be able to listen to it clearly while still working away in a somewhat noisy kitchen.
It also enables you to connect your mp3 player to it via a socket on the radio, as well as having an optional charge pack which has to be purchased separately for around £20 to be able to use it out and about without it connected to the mains. I have not purchased this as I have it just for home use, but it is a good extra feature that would be great for those who travel a lot or like to listen to the radio during picnics and BBQs. However £20 for a battery pack charger is a little steep considering the radio itself cost £30-50. It does have a useful earphone socket which you can plug your earphones into and listen to stations and music privately if others around you are getting disturbed.
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Overall this is great quality DAB radio that is compact in size, simple but modern looking, and showcases a good range of FM/DAB stations with clear reception. It is also reasonably priced for a DAB radio, and therefore I would give this radio a high rating of 5/5 and would happily recommend it.
--What you get--
Quality digital radio with bright digital style screen featuring time, date and radio station, extendable aerial for DAB and FM radio, with a power and volume control on the top and side respectively and a cable with a plug.
--Value for money--
Got this one for approximately £35, so excellent value for money considering I use it most days, at least three times a week and so does my boyfriend.
--Ease of use--
I found the product very easy to use, with the intuitive clearly labelled button and volume control knob and I consider this product would be simple to use even for a disabled person, as the features are simple, not difficult to press and clearly labelled.
I enjoy listening to the radio to chill out after work, whilst doing housework or in the shower and the Pure DAB radio makes for a great little device to enable me to do so.
The highest volume is high enough to fight with running water, hoovers and hairdryers so plenty sufficient for what I wanted it for.
You plug the radio in to turn it on, the sound quality is fantastic and the radio is sleek, small and portable. There's nothing worse than big bulky radios, I like a nice portable one so I can transfer it to different rooms depending whether I'm in the shower and plug it in to the bedroom next door or downstairs whilst doing the hovering to the sweet tones of BBC 6music!
It's small enough to sit on top of our chest of drawers (in our little house share bedroom) and not take up too much space!
I like to listen to digital stations as well as FM stations, so this radio is ideal for my purposes, without having to login to the computer and stream online.
It's no longer a necessity now we have the laptop and a wi-fi connection too, but if we were without wifi, like when our laptop broke down last week, then a portable digital radio is just the device you want! I use it when my boyfriend is playing video games on his laptop and I can't use it (the TV is down in our house at the moment too so any entertainment is great!!)
The radio features an extendable aerial and has really good reception.
The radio is powered via the mains, so an additional feature they could add in future designs would be a purely battery powered design to make it even more portable!
To summarise, this product is well worth the money for how much I use it, it's the ideal size, doesn't take up too much space and is quite aesthetically pleasing too, with its shiny black design and silver buttons.
Definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a quality, durable, portable digital radio!
I have a Pure One Digital radio that I use when I'm working from home. It's a really simple design that even the most stubborn analogue radio user like me can get the hang of in no time. I decided to stick with the Pure One brand when I was looking for a more compact model to take on holiday and to use on the allotment.
As with the full size Pure One radio, the controls are a doddle to master with the various buttons changing the operation mode of the big dial located on the left hand side of the unit. This dial allows you to adjust volume, stations or to manually tune the radio in FM mode. The radio also preserves all the features of its bigger brother- presets, an alarm facility and access to 'Intellitext'. Although I've never made use of it, the radio also has a ReVu facility for pausing and rewinding live radio.
Unlike the more expensive Pure Evoke radio, the Pure One does not like to be moved. It's a bit of a shame then that I've chosen it as a travel radio! There's often some disturbance when the unit is moved to a new location although it always retunes itself in a few moments. Aesthetically, it's basically a chopped version of the larger model, with one speaker instead of two yet with a similar-sized text display. At £39.99 on Amazon, it's £20 cheaper than the larger version, placing it within the budget range of DAB radios.
I would be unlikely to recommend this radio to anyone for one simple reason- it's not worth investing in a mini Pure One when you already have the large version. Both fit easily in the boot of a car and both are fairly inexpensive. The large Pure One isn't heavy, bulky or cumbersome and that's why I believe it's the only radio I'll ever need.
Well I am here to talk about the Pure Digital One Mini, we treated ourselves to one last christmas. I had not looked into getting a DAB radio as I thought it would be complicated to set up and use, but it was easy to set up, and even easier to use. It does work exactly the same as a old fashion mologue one, except for the sound quality is much much better. there are a great choice of stations to listen to, along with ordinary stations, we can listen to the local radio to keep up to date with all the whats going on in local areas, like such as the roads that are closed and the schools etc, but then you can also listen my favourite aspect of it special stations. Like from November there has been a christmas channel produced by smooth called smooth christmas. i was supised at how many channels you can receive on rhe small white box on the bedside table.
It is small and compact box, fits perfectly with lots of space on the unit left over.
Having decided to purchase a DAB radio, a did a bit of research first. I found that the Pure Digital One Mini received good reviews on several websites. I ended up paying around £39 for it from Argos. The main reasons I selected this radio were the size, the positive reviews on quality of sound and the fact that you can connect your mp3/music device and listen to that through the radio.
I was aware before purchase that I was paying for a MAINS CONNECTED RADIO ONLY. This is a really important point to note, as on some of the reviews I read people had complained that they were not aware until after purchase that it does not take ordinary batteries. To make this radio wireless, you need to purchase a seperate battery. I have not done so yet, but probably will in the future because this is an excellent radio. I have found the battery for around £17 on Amazon.
Size and appearance of this radio is good. I bought it to use around the house, so I wanted something small and easy to move and this is just perfect for that. The sound quality is fantastic- more then what I expected for such a small radio. Even when up loud it is still clear.
Reception for a normal radio in this house is awful, but this radio has excellent reception-I found I only had to have the aerial extended all the way when tuning in the stations. After that I just have it up the minimum.
I have also read that some people found it slightly confusing to set up because the instructions are brief. I would not say that this is a problem. Beyond glancing at the instructions to see how to start it tuning stations in, I have not looked at them since.
To change stations, you simply press the buttons marked 'stations,' and twist the dial on the side. I think what some people found confusing is the fact that the dial is also a button and you push it in to select the station you want.
I would recommend this product to anyone wanted a good quality DAB radio. Although having to purchase the battery seperate can make it slightly more expensive then some, I believe it is worth the extra cost for such a good product.
I wanted a totally portable little DAB radio and bought this Pure Digital ONE Mini for £25. They came in a choice of various colours, pink, white or black and I opted for the black one as I liked the glossy finish and I just thought it looked a slightly better quality and possibly a bit more modern and stylish. Besides, why on earth would I want a pink radio?
It is very small and very compact at approximately 13cm x 13cm and it is also very lightweight and therefore easy to transport around, whiich is exactly what I was after. I take it to work some days and use it on my desk, I use it in the garden when I'm out in the sunshine and I have taken it to the beach with me on a couple of occasions too.
It is simple and easy to use and one of the best things about the Pure Digital ONE Mini Radio I personally think is its fantastic little screen. Despite being so small it is still very easy to read, even with my poor reyesight. Personally, I was, and still am, very impressed with the sound qulaity of this radio, considering it is so small, I was expecting a slightly more 'tinny' sound, but actually this is just not the case. The sound quality is crystal clear and even when I turn it up to a high volume, the quality of the sound is not distorted at all and it is perfect in my personal opinion.
It is easy to locate various stations. I simply press the button and the radio self-scans for the full list, I choose my preference and hey presto! I particularly love this radio for listening to local radio stations and it receives a perfect signal each and every time and this is without me even having to extend the ariel fully.
Possibly the only downside to this radio, in my opinion, was the fact that it is actually mains operated but as I say I primarliy was after a battery operated radio - hence my seeking out a portable gadget in the first place. I was therefore left feeling slightly hard done by when I discovered that I had to purchase a seperate battery pack at an additional extra cost (approx £15) as this does not come with the radio when you buy it.
Oerall though, this is the only downside to the radio, and personally speaking, I am actually delighted with it. Okay, so it doesn't have an alarm, but that doesn't bother me. My other half also makes use of it when she is home alone and I have forgotten to take it with me.
It looks modern and stylish and has so far proven to be fairly durable as it has been dropped a few times but is still in perfect working order.
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I love my gadgets, and when I saw this, I actually fell in love with how dinky it was initially. I also wanted to try DAB radio since the area I had moved into had recently been boasting about what a fab reception you got via it even though you weren't supposed to and I wasn't disappointed either.
Sound quality is excellent for such a small thing and is quite loud too - friends who had small DAB radios had often commented that the sound was quite tinny and just not loud enough for them, but this was quite the opposite.
The only thing that does annoy me is the fact that it eats batteries up so quickly, which made me purchase the rechargeable battery pack (which was as expensive as the radio itself). This however does last quite a bit longer, even though it takes an age to charge, but it is worth it for the sound quality and just how easy it is to set up.
Overall - nice purchase, not bulky with nice sound.
If I'm doing any sort of housework I always find it a little less mind numbingly dull if I have music to listen to and sing along to (the latter being much to anyone's absolute horror who is unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity). I also like to have music on when I'm cooking, getting ready... basically when I'm doing anything at all. Now I've got an ipod which I love but every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the same music over and over so I decided to invest in a radio in the January sales to allow me to have the option of listening to a radio as well. After a lot of browsing at some extremely high tech looking radios (that had a high price tag to match) I finally decided to purchase the Pure Digital One Mini Radio in black.
This particular radio is manufactured by Pure which is a company I hadn't heard of prior to investing in this radio. It is a UK based company which specialises in consumer electronics and it claims to have started the digital radio revolution that now dominates much of the world. Pure offers a range of digital and internet connected radios suitable for pretty much any area of your life - be it for use in the kitchen, in the bathroom and in the car for example. The Pure Evoke model is apparantly the best selling digital radio in the world and its various products offer a range of features such as having the ability to pause, rewind and record live radio as well as offering voice feedback and recognition facilities too. It really seems to be a leader!
I actually bought one of the simplest models that Pure offers, mainly because I don't really have the need for any of the more ground breaking features that are now on offer. The Pure Digital One Mini radio first became available back in 2008 and is still one of their most popular sellers. It is available in black, white and pink at present. It comes in a small box which advertises a picture of the radio on the front and offers some basic information regarding the product itself. Inside the box you'll find the radio which is 13cm by 6cm by 13.5cm making it really small, it also only weighs 41g when taken out of the box making it amazingly light! You'll also find a power adaptor and an instructions booklet in the radio box as well to get you started.
The radio itself looks quite impressive in terms of design and size although the lightness of it does make me think it's more like a child's pretend radio than a real working radio! I chose the black variety and it has six small silver buttons on the top along with a small digital displays screen on the front, above the speakers themselves. The display is a monochrome LCD and displays basic information such as the time, the radio brand and what is currently playing on the radio. Turning it on and off, pausing the radio and tuning the radio is all controlled by the little buttons on the top and the instructions make anything easily achievable. They're written in a clear and easy to understand manner which meant I had music playing within about a minute!
DAB radio merely stands for digital radio and this is advertised as having less interference, easier tuning and (in most parts of the UK) it will also double the number of available radio stations. I'd have to agree with most of this as I've never experienced any interference while listening to a number of my favourite channels and I've found it really easy to tune as well. As for doubling the number of stations available I can't really be overly exact as I'm not sure how many stations would be available on a normal radio in my kitchen but there's certainly every local station that I know of, as well as nationally available stations such as Radio 1, available on here. It's definitely better than my old clock radio that used to have interference constantly really!
The radio quality is excellent, the audio quality is really clear with any music or speaking being very crisp indeed with absolutely no distortion at all. The volume extends as high as you would expect without distorting the quality in any way either. In terms of extra features that I've found particularly useful I'd have to mention the input socket meaning you can plug in your ipod and use the radio as an actual speaker. This is an amazing feature to have and it's much easier to move this radio around my house than my bulky ipod speakers... in fact they've almost become redundant since investing in this radio! In addition there's also a headphone socket if you wanted to listen to your ipod or the radio itself without cause interference to anyone else.
In addition the text scan feature is really useful as it allows you to pause and control the scrolling text which appears across the display screen, this is great if you want to catch the title of a track or to note down a competition phone number at all. The station names are also displayed on the scrolling text feature too. There's also a USB port which allows you to connect the radio up to your computer and update it as updates become available... so far I've not been alerted to any updates via email but I'm still hopeful. You can also preset up to 16 different stations on here and scroll through them easily using the silver buttons. In fact now I come to think about it there really isn't much that you can't do with this radio... it's really quite amazing!
Now the radio plays either off the mains (for which a power adaptor is supplied) or off a battery and you can buy a rechargeable battery, I think this is a slight scam as I was expecting the rechargeable battery to be included! The rechargeable battery that fits this radio is the Pure ChargePak B1 which can be bought for £22.49 on Amazon at present. This can be charged from any mains supply and when fully charged it will allow up to twenty hours of portable radio playing. The fact that you can unplug this from the mains and still listen to it is ideal as due to the small size it's the perfect radio to carry around. I often move mine around the house and I've even taken it to work with me as it takes up so little space when in my handbag... it's great!
The only downside that comes as a result of using the Pure ChargePak B1 is that it doesn't fit into the space provided too easily. The cell itself is really quite small but the battery compartment inside the actual radio somehow seems even smaller, the first time I fitted it I nearly gave up after about five minutes when it just seemed to slip into place quite easily. I've read a few reviews about the battery pack itself and several other people have made the same observations as me. However at present this seems to be the only battery pack that will work with this product so you've either got to persevere or not have a portable radio! The only other downside is that you do need to be extremely light handed with this radio... as it is a bit flimsy!
The Pure Digital One Mini Radio is currently priced at £36.36 on Amazon which is the cheapest I've managed to find it. I'd certainly recommend this radio and am giving it four stars... it lost half a star as it does feel a little too light and small meaning it would be quite easy to break and also because the charge pack battery isn't included... I would have rather paid a little extra and had it included already really. However on the plus side it is both compact and portable while still doing an excellent job of projecting really clear radio stations with crisp audio output without any interference at all. It's ideal for moving around the house or taking outside and I really would recommend buying the charge pack battery if you do decide to invest in this radio.
Thanks for reading!
After wanting a digital radio for ages, my father finally bought me one for Christmas. Choc full of green credentials, nice design, portability and affordability, he opted for the Pure One Mini. I wasn't disappointed. Here are my first impressions:
Design: Sleek and small black box with curved top and silver buttons, plus a small window displaying volume, time, station and signal. Light too. I love this design and think it looks really good. The radio itself is also very stable standing up - due to it's non slip "little feet".
Ease of Use: Very simple to set up, just plug in and play. Easy to navigate. Mine came with a selection of national, kent and london stations pre - set, which was great. To change station you simply press the station button on top of the radio and scroll through them using the volume dial.
Quality: So much better than FM, the quality really is great. No more moving the radio/antenna about until you get a good signal! The range of stations you can get through digital radio is amazing - and although I hate to admit it I'm currently addicted to Absolute 80's, Absolute 90's and Radio Six Music. I'm also very pleased with the volume the Pure One Mini can produce, for a small radio it's pretty good. The radio can also play FM stations as well as DAB, but I haven't listened to any on it!
Portability: To power the Pure One Mini, you simply plug it into the mains, and it can easily be moved between sockets. However to make it truly portable you need a ChargePAK (the battery the manufacturer recommends). You have to buy this separately from the radio itself (my father bought me one as well as the radio), but I would say it's well worth it. It's a little tricky to get into the radio, but once in it stays there, charging up whenever the Pure One Mini is connected to the mains. My radio has already made many trips between the bathroom and kitchen, and in the summer I look forward to listening to it out in the garden.
EcoPlus: The Pure One Mini is an EcoPlus product which means it's very environmentally friendly. The radio/packaging uses some materials from recycled and sustainable processes, and the packaging itself is minimised and 70% recyclable. The best thing is it's low power consumption - it states on the box that you can run four of the radios for less energy than one low energy light bulb. That's not a lot of electricity! So if you like to be green, the Pure One Mini is an attractive option.
Ipod Compatability: All I'm going to say here is that the radio is ipod compatable, you just plug it in the back and the radio then acts like speakers. I don't have an ipod myself so haven't been able to test this feature out.
All in all, I think that the Pure One Mini is a great little DAB radio. At a time when digital radios can still be quite expensive, it's a good buy at around £35. You get great quality for your money, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
I was sick of hearing all about digital radios and the scare stories that we needed them or we'd never be able to listen to our favourite music stations ever again when they switch of the analogue signal. What they fail to mention is that this isn't strictly true since most of us have access to digital radio in different ways such as through the computer or through freeview/sky/cable. Anyway I was suckered into this propaganda and I had to have one so off I trundled down to the shops to have a look.
What I found there shocked me as the prices were astronomical for what were essentially just little radios with none of the features we have come to expect from our radios over the years such as CD playing facilities. Once I got my head around the fact that since this is relatively new technology then there is going to be a premium I quite liked the look of what I saw.
There was a pretty large range of DAB radios to choose from lots of different manufacturers and some of them even came with digital clock displays but of course for this luxury it was an extra £50.
Unsure if I would even like or use a digital radio I plumped for the cheapest one there which just so happened to be the Pure digital one mini.
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DAB is an acronym of Digital Audio Broadcasting and it is basically a way of broadcasting and listening to radio stations in digital opposed to FM. IT is supposed to have many benefits over conventional radio including allowing people to listen to their favourite stations without the interference and buzzing that is common with Fm radios.
DAB radios will automatically tune into all the available stations that it can pick up and tell you what they are. The upside of this is that unlike with FM you will not have the hassle of trying to adjust the ariel to try and get a better signal. Of course the downside of this is that perhaps you want to listen to a specific station and do not mind a little interference but with DAB you cannot do this as if the signal is not strong enough the radio station you want will just not show up.
With DAB there is a larger choice of stations to choose from thanks to the fact that DAB can transmit more stations on the one transmitter than FM can.
Other benefits include the ability to be able to see what the name of the song that is playing and the station it is on.
Currently not everywhere can receive DAB signals and these places will not be able to listen to any of the stations that are offered on the network whereas with FM they would most likely be able to pick up something.
Although the sound picked up with DAB will be clear thanks to it being digital it is actually a lower quality of sound than FM radio is when picking up a good signal.
I have tried explaining to the best of my knowledge DAB but I am far from an expert so I hope you at least managed to gleam a little information from it.
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The pure one mini is made by the company pure digital that specialise in DAB radios and are one of the leaders in the field and probably the most ubiquous of the DAB makers when looking round the shops.
The reason that I got the one mini as stated is because it was the cheapest that was available and I wanted to ensure that I liked it before thinking of buying anything more expensive.
It may be the cheapest but it's actually not a bad looking little radio. It is very small being only a 13cm x 13cm square and is available in black, white or pink. I chose the white version simply because it looked better than the black one. It is has a glossy finish and looks sleek and modern whereas the black I felt looked a little old fashioned and not in a cool retro kind of way either.
I was actually really pleased with the size of it and as it is really light I thought it would be perfect for taking into the bathroom, kitchen or out in the garden with me.
Unfortunately what I didn't realise at the time of purchase was that in order to make it portable which is what I was most looking forward to using it for then I would need a special battery pack adding another £20 onto the price of the radio. Not to be deterred I bought the battery pack and was glad that I did as it has allowed me to make much more use of the radio than I would have without.
This obviously adds a little more weight to the radio but nothing that makes it uncomfortable to carry.
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I was surprised to find this little mini digital radio is a lot more packed with features than I first thought when buying it.
On the front is a little screen that shows the information such as the name of the radio station and the song name. I like this and think it is great for those times a song comes on that I want to know the name of and can't remember and you would be surprised how often this happens. It also where you will find the clock and the signal strength and it manages to pack quite a lot of information into such a little screen thanks to scrolling text.
A feature called textscan gives information on the screen when it is said on the radio for example if they give the name of their website or a phone number this will show on screen and there is even the option of pausing the writing so that you can make a note of it.
On the top there are buttons that are for turning it on/off, DAB/FM, information, Autotune, Preset, stations.
To the side there is a knob for controlling the different features depending on what button you press and I like this little touch as it gives you that authentic feeling of actually using a radio instead of just pressing a button to do everything for you.
The radio can switch between either DAB and FM radio which is great if you can't get a strong enough signal for your favourite station or just miss the slight hissing of FM radio like I do sometimes. It also means that no matter where you are in the country you can guarantee some kind of radio service be it digital or FM.
Remembering that this is the most basic model available I was pleasantly surprised by everything it had to offer.
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The pure mini only has one speaker that is positioned right in the centre of the radio and actually takes up more than half of the space on the front of it. It is full range meaning it will play the spectrum of audio frequencies.
As it is digital of course the music is crystal clear and for such a little thing it is also quite loud. It is by no means up there with a proper stereo speaker but it is more than loud enough for using in the bathroom or kitchen and can be heard even from the other side of the room. Trust me when I say that no one will have a problem with singing along to the radio with this.
One great thing about it which I also didn't realise when I bought it and was thrilled when I realised is that is has a 3.5mm jack so that you can plug in headphones for listening to the radio without the speaker. This however also means that you can also connect your ipod and the radio will act as a potable speaker for it. Before I got proper speakers for my ipod I used this as one all the time and it worked great for that purpose.
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I have had this little radio for a couple of years now and although by know I know that FM radio is not about to be turned off tomorrow I have been really happy with my purchase and it definitely convinced me to buy more advanced DABs.
However due to the practicality of being able to easily move this radio around the house and even take it on holiday with me it is by far and away the one that I use most often.
I am lucky that I get good coverage where I live much better than with FM radio and this means that I can listen to all my favourite stations whenever I want and not only in the car like I used to do.
Even though it has been used so often since I got it, it has remained in excellent condition and is definitely a high quality product that will last the years. I paid £50 for this little radio when I got it but they are still widely available and can now be had for around £30 which is a great price for a DAB radio. It may not have all the features that some of the others now have but for someone wanting an easy to use little radio with great sound then I really don't think that you can go wrong with this one.
The digital age has taken its hold on all our lifes. Television is changing forever and radio is beginning to follow suit. I had to move forward with the times and decided to search for a compact digital radio at a reasonable price. if you have read my other reviews you may have noticed I already had a digital radio, this spurred me on to get one for the office. Nowadays the old analogue sets are extremely cheap, probably due to the impending 'switch off'. Pure are one of the leading manufacturers of digital radios and the 'One mini' looks the part. it comes in black and also white - I chose the black version because I thought it looked a little classier and more in keeping with the office equipment. One feature that may appeal to any potential owners is that you can easily connect your mp3 player and use it as a portable speaker.
Although for office use and therefore me not needing it to be that potable, it was a little larger than i expected. Teh radio has 16 station presets although if you are aware of digital radio technology this isnt that relevant because you can simply scroll through station names and select which one you want to listen to. The radio isnt a clock radio and also you cannot play cd's on it, but for the size what do you expect? It can be plugged into the mains which is definately recommended as the battery that comes as an attachment for portable use doesnt last as long as the manufacturers' claims of 20hours. The radio has a built in FM tuner for those looking to make a seamless transition once the 'switch off' occurs.
Pure one digital mini radio
My brother gave us this as a wedding present and it is the first digital radio I have ever owned. I've been using this almost daily for 10 months now and I really do love it. I keep mine almost exclusively in the kitchen, I love a bit of music when I cook.
The volume is quite good, when it's a sunny day and I am gardening I can turn this up loud enough in my kitchen that I can hear it nice and clear at the end of my garden. I don't like music all that loud but the sound quality and volume options seem good to someone like me with an un-technical ear.
Personally, the size of this radio is a great benefit to me ( H13.5 x W13 x D6cm). In my kitchen work top space is always at a premium and I wouldn't want something bigger taking up more room. This little mini radio takes up hardly any space and still looks good.
The screen is really quite small but it is easy enough to read. When it is turned on it does have a clock display but personally I always turn it off at the power supply rather than leave it on standby. The display will also show you any important information about the radio station you are listening to or provide any additional details that the radio station sends out.
It's really simple to use, just turn on and it will automatically find the local and main commercial radio stations. I think my husband pre-programmed a few different radio stations but I think that it found the main ones by itself. It has space for you to pre-programme sixteen stations.
It doesn't look like some of the fancier more stylish models available, it is a basic square shape with no real decoration. It is sweet and simple. You can purchase this in a range of colours, black, white and I believe pink. I own the black one and because it sits in my kitchen black is probably easier to keep clean or at least not show up all the splashes of spilt food so quickly.
--The extras available to purchase--
I have to plug mine into the mains to use it, however, you can purchase charge packs (for around £20) that will enable you to use this as more of a portable device. Worth it if you are going to take this on picnics or outside, but mine never leaves the house.
I don't own one but you can also buy an iPod dock to use with this. For another £35 you can turn this radio into a speaker for your iPod.
This costs £40.45 from John Lewis, making it a pricey item but it is probably on the cheaper end of digital radios out there.
Overall I really like the radio, I think it is perhaps a bit cheeky to sell so many extras that aren't included, such as the iPod dock and more importantly the charger kit. I think that the radio is quite a fair price, however, if you are looking for something that is more portable and connects to your iPod this might be a pricey choice because the extras are expensive. For these reasons I am going to give this four out of five stars, I have loved having mine around and I am very pleased with the sound quality and ease of use.
I bought this radio as a present after hearing and reading many positive recommendations about this, The radio was a present for my mum and I weighed up that it was sure to better what she already had, it was bound to be an improvement.
The radio is very compact and light weight which makes it ideal for transporting aronnd. It offers you the option of plugging into the wall or running off a battery, the latter will give you some 15 plus hours of listening. It also provides you with an input if you should wish to connect an mp3 player to it therefore utilising the in built speaker.
The pure digital mini is very easy to use as the button on the right hand side is multi purpose and can be used to both search and store DAB radio stations as well as being used to adjust the volume.
Therefore I was quite impressed with the ease of use and the functionality of this player but it is the sound quality which will ultimately decide if this was a good purchase or not. Fortunately the mini does not disappoint, the sound is very clear and taking into consideration the price, the music has a lot of detail. Also of note was the fact that the volume given the dimensions of the player, can go to more than reasonable listening levels, which still retaining control of the sound.
In fact just to underline how well the radio handles the volume, even when pushing the volume towards the upper levels, there was no hint of distortion playing a part in the sound.
There are of course a few grips to add to this, while DAB offers excellent sound quality, it is by no means the finished article and therefore I have occasionally encountered some poor reception. When occurs, it can be a little fiddly in adjusting the position of the radio to a point where this interference is remedied.
In all though, given the bargain price there is nothing to really hold against this. It is a fantastic buy for the money.
A useful radio in England... don't take it on holiday!
I bought the Pure Radio in England and it has been a useful companion to my kitchen. The white colour makes it very unintrusive and the sound is good for untrained ears, although I use it for Radio 4 mostly. The authomatic station search makes it very easy and quick to switch between stations, as well as the memory programming. In general, it is much better than the standard analogic radio. However, I have found that the reception was poorer in the basement that would have been with an standard radio. The main setback has been when taking it on holiday: digital channels are not available in other countries as much as they are in England, and therefore it makes it virtually useless there, as well as making the use of preprogrammed memories completely unnecessary. However, on the whole it is a good product.
This is a great little toy and I have to say I have wanted one of these for about 4 years, but until quite recently the going price was about £100, which is far too much money for someone that thinks 50p for writing a review is a good idea. So with that in mind this is one of the more economical top branded products out there, in fact I was lucky enough to pick mine up in the HMV sale for £30. Generally they are £40.
Aside from the price, this is fantastically tiny compared to other DABs (hence the name Mini. This was one of my deciding factors because my Kitchen is tiny and this fits neatly in the corner. It automatically selects 20 radio stations that have the best reception, so you will generally have all the main BBC stations plus Kerrang and Chill. There is even a funny little station called birdsong which plays the sounds of birds tweeting all day, and there is a station devoted to giving you traffic updates. This is very useful times like recently when the country was whitewashed. Overall you have a great variety of stations all with crystal clear digital sound. I bought this for the kitchen, but it often comes with me whatever room I am in, and I am thinking of buying another one for the bedroom. Another great thing is that the clock and all your stations are located within seconds of the device being unplugged and plugged back in.
The other nice little feature is the socket that you can use to connect your mp3 player to it, which I sometimes do. There is also an earphone jack which can also be used to connect your speakers to if you want some real volume.
This is also a special green verison of the DAB, which according to the packaging uses less power when on than over devices do when in standby.
£20 for a battery is an absolute joke.
If you're into your music and enjoying a song you can't get any kind of ear drum splitting sound from this device ( but as mentioned before there is an earphone socket if you want to connect speakers to it)
This is not so much a disadvantage, but the PURE ONE full sized model comes with a kitchen timer and a 'ReVu' technology that allows you to pause and rewind live radio, which could be extremely useful if you're into radio 4 type broadcasts and have to interrupt your listening. This model does not have these, so you have to consider if smaller size are important enough for you to choose this model.
Finally I am really glad I bought this I have discovered a few little random radio stations that I now listen to on the internet at work.