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I have bought two of these models for two rooms and can say that I am well happy with my purchase. This radio looks stylish and compact. The buttons have a satisfying click to them and don't look cheap. Most of these DAB radios light the room up at night but this one has a subtle light that does not disturb my sleep. It comes with DAB and FM frequencies but I just stick to DAB as it is a lot clearer to hear. You can store upto 8 preset channels and you can set sleep time from 15 to 90 minutes in 15 minute chunks. Another good thing about these DAB radios is they automatically set the correct time when you plug them in so you never have to set the time again. You can adjust the sound level to your requirements with the lowest volume being almost inaudible unlike some other radios. The only disadvantage I can thin of is I have to press 5 times to get a 90 minute sleep time. It would help if I only had to press one button.
This clock radio is a lovely compact size and is the cheap version of the quality wood encased clock radios. I am not a big fan of plastic, but this is for a spare room, where I have to retreat due to unfortunate noise issues. I wanted something that wasn't particularly posh but not ugly. Despite being made of black plastic it does look quite sleek and smart rather than cheap. In addition to black there is also a white option available.
The product dimensions are 17 x 14.5 x 6.2 cm, weighing in at 454 g.
The radio has both DAB and FM, and a headphone socket, positioned at the back, and is great for not disturbing any bed sharers! This has sixteen station presets eight of which are for digital channels. It even has a USB port for PC users, a helpful function as there are updates for this machine that are available.
I believe mine was purchased in late 2011 and is still in good condition. When unpacking, remember to remove the clear plastic film, which covers the digital face so that it does not cloud your vision of the digital display. I was a bit slow to realise this!
The alarm has three alarm modes for weekdays, weekends, and there is also a snooze setting. You can also choose to wake up in three different ways, to an Fm or a DAB radio station, or a provided tone. These various options are useful but they come with a downside and that means time has to be taken to carefully work through the settings before the alarm is set up successfully, the first time, and again for future changes to the timings. It can be done but this is not for people who want to just touch a button and be done forever. It is certainly not good to be set last thing before you fall asleep. To avoid setting the alarm with a sleepy head you really need to plan alarm setting in advance to be sure to work through the menu in a correct manner.
The other big issue is that I am woken up with the radio station that I last listened to. I can't pre-condition the radio to come on to a preferred station to wake up with and this may well be a different personal preference to the one that I fell asleep listening too.
If you interrupt the daily alarm programme you will need to go through the slightly annoying process of working through all the settings again. The clock will, helpfully, remember your previous settings after a power cut or if you unplug the device.
The clock display, which not only includes 24 hour or twelve hour time, but also text (Intellitext) about the selected station, and alarm icons, is automatically made to adjust to light conditions. This does not work very well. It ought to be designed so that the user can manually adjust the display according to their need. An inclusion of this feature would have given the clock radio an extra star from me.
The display is so poor in darkness that I considered having an eye test. I also consumed copious amounts of carrots but to no avail so I can confirm that eating carrots does not help us see in the dark. It is pure myth. Writing about purity brings me back to the purity of the digital screen as whilst clear, but small, in daylight, is a real pain at night. The back-lit LCD can be dimmed on two different levels but not brightened to the point of being able to actually read the time in the dark! The only possible advantage for a lack of definition in the visual area is that it won't disturb your sleep.
When the radio or alarm kicks in as a wake-up call the time just disappears. Don't think you can wake up peacefully with a few minutes extra of radio listening because with the time gone from the screen you'll have to lean over and turn the radio off just to check out the time. This is a highly stressful way of time keeping but it does make me jump out of bed and move on with the day. It took me a lot of experimenting before I finally discovered, this very morning, that pressing the snooze button will display the clock, but it's not overly convenient. Either this is a canny trick to get us out of bed or this is a serious design fault. On buying a clock radio I never realised that I could only have one aspect working at a time rather than the two parts working simultaneously. If an alarm clock display is too bright at night I would rather throw a magazine or cloth over it than not be able to have full functionality of the clock.
As the digital time display is quite small I would not advise purchase for those that have poor eyesight. If you want a clock with a radio that works at the same time, without having to touch the snooze button, this isn't the clock radio for you.
Please note the buttons are positioned on the top of the radio just in front of the speakers which does make the controls easy to access.
Firstly, reception is excellent. I have tried it in different rooms and it always picks up almost all the radio stations that I searched for. I don't even need to put up the aerial, thankfully, as this makes the slim design look at little less slender. Check if your area has good coverage before buying a DAB radio though this does claim to have the ability to pick up radio stations in remote areas.
This is a very small clock radio so I was dubious about what the sound quality would be like. There is a wealth of choice of stations due to it being both DAB and FM and the sound is very good considering there is only a three inch speaker that lies across the top of the product. So always bearing in mind the smallness of this clock radio you will be impressed with the almost crystal clear sound. The sound is not perfect but in this price bracket of sixty pounds, which I admit is not the cheapest, it is just about value for money when recalling that it is a DAB and FM radio.
Please note, regarding sound, if you fall asleep with a headphone plugged in, the alarm will only sound through the headphones. That could mess up your day which is why I'm warning you to be aware of this.
Once all settings are in place, I can confirm that the alarm clock is reliable to the second, is clear to hear and will wake up all sleepy heads in the vicinity!
The top factor for me about this product is the environmental credentials. All packaging is from recycled materials and every stage from design to finished product takes environmental concerns into consideration. It only uses one watt when in standby and it can be unplugged and plugged back in with the setting still saved. I like that this clock radio is energy saving.
The environmental consideration, and the quality of the sound, would have earned Pure Siesta DAB/FM Clock Radio five stars but the visual display and inability to run the alarm clock display in conjunction with the radio takes the rating down to four stars.
I have had this clock radio for a few months now after wanting to find something that would work effectively but not be too big for my bedside table. I chose the Pure brand as it had a good reputation and I bought the white version which looks quite classy and which I prefer to the black. It retails at about £37
On first taking the clock radio out of the box I was impressed with the design, which is quite sleek with silver buttons and an interesting triangle shape. The clock radio was easy to set up - the time sets automatically and the DAB radio stations were easily found after a search. You can store up to 10 different presets which is useful
The radio has both DAB and FM but I only use DAB. The reception is mostly good but there is a small wire antennae underneath the unit that needs to be extended to help with this which can be a bit annoying as it looks messy and gets in the way of other things (it is easy to put a glass down on it without noticing and then everything tips over!)
The sound quality of the unit is reasonable but a bit tinny. This is to be expected with a clock radio that is so small and cheap and does not worry me as I mostly just use the radio to wake myself up in the morning when I am too tired to really worry about having crystal clear sound (I normally just wanting to go back to sleep again)
The alarm has all of the features that you would expect including a snooze feature. There are two separate alarms, which is useful as you can set one for the week and another for the weekend. However turning the alarms on and off can be a bit fiddly as have to turn the whole unit on including the radio. To turn the alarm off only takes a couple of clicks but to turn it back on have to go through all the settings again (although it does automatically come up with your choices from before)
The display is clear and easy to read. It has automatic auto dimming at 2 different levels, which is fun when the lights go out. It is not too bright at night so does not keep you awake. However the worse element of the clock radio is that when the radio is on (either when the alarm has come on or the radio is turned on by itself) the time disappears. This is very annoying, especially in the morning when getting ready for work, and I often have to turn the radio off just to check the time. It seems like this clock radio can either be a clock or a radio but not both at the same time!
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Before I got the Siesta Pure, I had only had a fairly basic radio alarm clock with FM radio and one alarm setting. In comparison, this radio alarm clock is fantastic. Because there are three settings, (and I am a fan of sleeping late at the weekend) I really appreciate having three different alarm clock settings without having to worry about remembering to turn my alarm off on the Friday and switching it back on the Sunday. Ever have that sinking feeling on a Sunday because pushing the alarm on button reminded you the weekend was nearly over? Don't have it anymore!
I'm not a fan of most non-digital radio stations, and they're not what I'd choose to wake up to. So having the choice of the massive range of digital radio stations is great. Even if you don't go for this one, I would highly recommend getting a digital radio alarm clock for this reason, there is a definite improvement to starting your day to a song you like rather than something that annoys you.
There are three other features I really like. It goes into a lower power mode after it goes off so the clock light is dimmed (but still readable in the dark) and doesn't glare. You can set the volume level for the alarm to go off at, rather than it using the last volume setting you played your radio on - great if either you want to listen to something quietly while you go to sleep, but don't want to sleep through your alarm, or if you've been listening to the radio with the volume off and you forget to turn it down to a less frightening alarm volume! And finally, if you turn it off at the socket when on holiday or there is a power cut, the clock automatically goes back to the right time (and picks up BST changes automatically over night) and with your alarm settings where they were.
Only one small downside - I recently moved from a second floor to a ground floor flat. Both my digital radios (I have one in the kitchen as well) pick up a few less stations now, but the alarm clock which has a cable style aerial (rather than an old style metal extending one like the one in my kitchen) doesn't pick up every station that the other does. Having said that, I didn't have any problems when I lived higher up.
Ever since I can remember I have had a radio alarm clock. The idea of waking up in the morning to something other than an incessant beeping noise was perhaps the main appeal. A couple of years ago though my old analogue radio alarm clock gave up and stopped working and so a replacement was required. After researching and looking at a number of different types and styles I opted for the Pure Siesta DAB clock radio and since then haven't looked back, even acquiring a second one for my wife's side of the bed.
So What Does It Do?
Well it works in a similar way to a standard radio alarm clock, only with a host of very clever extra features. First and foremost it works as both an FM/Am radio and a Digital radio meaning that you can obtain a much larger selection of radio stations and perhaps more importantly have a much clearer reception. When you set the radio up it automatically scans the airwaves for the available Digital radio stations and makes them available on your bedside unit. This can be refreshed at anytime by the simple press of a button making it very easy to use.
The Siesta can also be used as a standard radio, a digital radio in addition to being used as a radio alarm and if you so desired a regular alarm clock as well. The range of uses for such a small device do make it the ideal item to have on your beside table. It looks quite sleek and modern and perhaps more importantly it is very streamlined, taking up very little space. At only 17cm wide, 14.5cm long and only a very impressive 6.5cm high, which is quite compact considering the options and features the device boasts. It is perhaps even more impressive when you consider the speaker takes up approximately 10cm of unit and to create a device that can produce such crystal clear sound from such a small unit is incredibly impressive.
Setting It Up
This is perhaps one of the easiest electrical devices I have ever had the pleasure of setting up. Having removed it from the box and plugging it in, I had very little else to do. Firstly it automatically searched for the DAB channels and also set the time on the clocks display panel. The clock itself updates relating to daylight savings time and saves any real need to get too involved in the set up of the system. Once the list of channels has been updated you simply choose which station you want to listen to and its up and running with the minimum hassle.
One of the most impressive features the Pure Siesta has is being able to re program the time display on the clock when there is a power cut or if it's unplugged. This saves the aggravation of resetting the time and more importantly it also remembers the programmed alarms, which saves a lot of time in reprogramming them,
The main reason we bought it was for the alarm feature and this is perhaps where the Pure Siesta really stands out from the crowd. You can set 3 separate alarms on the system and have a choice of Daily, weekdays only, weekends only, Saturday, Sunday or only once. This is very useful as my wife and I both have different working patterns and it means we can set 3 alarms to cover our usual weeks and not have to worry about changing or setting an alarm every night like we had to with our old radio alarm clock.
One of the very few downsides we have found to the Siesta in both the older version I have on my side of the bed and the newer version on my wife's side is the inability to set a radio station to each alarm. The device automatically plays the last station you were listening to and occasionally this has caught us out on the few occasions we've used the Siesta as a standard radio. I am a bit of a creature of comfort and have a preference to waking up to the same show each morning and once or twice have found myself surprised and perhaps a little annoyed at my self for not remembering.
If there was one feature I would add to the Pure Siesta then that would most certainly be it. Of course this slight negative is quickly overlooked when you consider that you can set the frequency and even the volume by which each alarm comes on. It would be fair to say that the downside is far out weighed by the positives.
As well as the alarm the system boasts a very clear and crisp quality radio. The FM/AM section of the radio works well and picks up the same signals as our regular radio in the lounge, which is quite impressive considering the aerial is almost half the length. Of course we very rarely use the FM/AM function on this radio, due to the superior sound quality and reception we get on the DAB function.
As we live in Berkshire and my favourite radio station, Xfm, is a London station we previously were unable to get any reception on the analogue radio's, however now using DAB we get as clear a signal on a London only station as we do from one of our locally based stations. This is where the DAB function really comes into its own and justifies the purchase. With a number of additional stations and an improved sound quality it makes the purchase of a DAB capable radio a real bonus, especially if you do tend to have the radio on for long periods of the day.
In addition to the improved sound and range of stations the radio also boasts an intellitext system that tells you not only which radio station you are listening to but also who the presenter is and on the majority of stations what songs they are playing. I felt this was a very useful tool, especially when a song comes on that you like, it makes it a lot easier to get the artist and the song name than it ever has been.
One of the main draws towards the Pure Siesta in the first place was the boasts about its power consumption. In creating this radio alarm clock Pure have ensured that it uses the minimal amount of power possible. As far as we can tell the environmental impact has been properly considered, not being an expert in this field, there are a few noticeable items, such as the display going into standby mode, where the display on the front of the clock gets a little duller and this, according to Pure, makes just over a 1W difference in power consumption between the radio being in use and simply being on stand by.
A Worthy Investment
I would certainly say that the Pure Siesta DAB radio alarm clock is one of the best purchases I've made in the last few years. In fact it was so good I went out and bought a second one. It serves us well as a radio alarm clock as well as a radio and with the increased selection of stations it is certainly justifies its £49.99 price tag. You can pick one of these up for between £40 and £50 if you shop around, with various websites offering slightly better prices than I paid for either of mine. They are available from the likes of Sainsburys and Amazon and if your looking for a cost effective radio alarm that provides value for money then the Pure Siesta is it.
Available in Black, Silver, Grey and White
~~Update, January 2012~~
Sadly, I have to report this radio failed to turn on the other day. It seems to have developed a fatal fault and is now out of warranty. Quite a surprise and such a shame!
[Original review follows]
The Pure Siesta is an up-to-date bedside radio and sophisticated alarm clock. It's a quality product that has served us well for over a year. The unit is well-designed, relatively easy to use and still available at a fairly reasonable price of around £50 or less. For a digital radio it's comparatively economic to use, with some creditable energy-saving features.
As the Siesta is an alarm clock radio first and foremost, this review focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on its impressive alarm/clock functions as we've come to use them in our household.
In addition to the radio itself, the only substantial items are the mains adaptor and a simple manual. These were well packed and presented.
* Owner's manual: illustrated; multilingual with 12 pages in English
* Pure website, for information and updates: http://www.pure.com
The instructions in the manual are clear and I've had no problems following any of them. The website may be useful for updates but this hasn't been necessary to date.
This was straightforward 'plug and play', as we've come to expect nowadays, with the full range of available stations 'autoscanned' successfully. The clock also receives its settings automatically, which is vital. No need for any manual adjustments, even when 'the clocks change' for daylight saving!
Once set up, you can now scroll through stations using + and - keys and/or preset favourites. You can also set several alarm options. (See below)
This unit fits well into a bedside table corner, being basically triangular in shape and compact in size.
Controls are on the top and display at the front. All buttons are quite clearly labelled and accessible, with a large 'snooze' button easily-located in the dark! Everything, if not immediately obvious, is clearly explained in the instructions.
The clear LCD display has dual brightness levels, according to active usage. This has never kept me awake at night but there can be a slight problem with visibility when viewing from certain angles.
Sound quality from the 1.7 watt mono speaker is fit for purpose and digital reception is as clear as you would expect from the brand leader Pure. There is a stereo output for headphones but we haven't found this particularly useful in practice, so far.
Up to 8 digital and 8 FM stations can be preset, which is more than adequate for our purposes. In practice we only listen to 3 or 4 digital stations.
The simple wire aerial may not be to everyone's taste aesthetically but it does the job in our house and can easily be adjusted for optimum reception.
Other standard DAB functions supported include 'intellitext'. (See below)
~~The alarm clock~~
This is where the Siesta scores, in my opinion. It combines good clear radio reception of all the national and local stations that we would want (and more) with a sophisticated alarm clock that actually wakes us up quite gently - at the right times!
Three separate alarm times can be set for weekdays and weekends. Many other products only seem to support two.
You can choose whether to wake up to an alarm tone or to the radio (FM or DAB). But there are a few limitations:
1. You can't set different times for individual weekdays, though you can at least for Saturdays and Sundays
2. There's no choice of stations; defaults to last one played. [Note: more recent models may now have this capability.]
The volume can be set for each alarm/station, which is useful to avoid too harsh a wakening or indeed the opposite! Humphrys, Heavy Metal or Holberg Suite - it's up to you... Either way, that Snooze button is always at hand, and the snooze time can be varied between the standard 9 minutes and a whole hour. It's all in the manual.
We currently have ours set to our favourite morning station for weekdays, at a volume that works best for us. Other favourite stations are preset for easy access. This works very well but I am now considering using the other alarms for weekends, with the possibility of different times for Saturdays and Sundays... It's just a shame you can't differentiate between individual weekdays, unless of course I've missed something and you know better(?)
~~A green DAB?~~
This product claims low power consumption (Standby: <1 watt; Active: c. 2 watts). So it's quite environmentally friendly for DAB, with sensible default settings for standby mode. (See technical information for further details)
BTW: Ours is actually silver but other colours are available!
~~Other features, tested and untested~~
* 'Intellitext' (displays extra programme information supplied by broadcasters)
* 'textscan' (not tested)
* Sleep timer (not tested)
* Updatable - via USB and Windows PC with internet access (not yet tested)
Consult Product Information and technical documentation for further details.
This is a quality alarm clock radio at a reasonable price with flexible alarm functions and very few drawbacks. It may be worth shopping around for latest models with updated specifications and best prices for the configuration that suits your own 'alarming needs'!
* Manufacturer's website: http://www.pure.com
Many thanks for reading. All opinions expressed are personal. Also on Ciao under the same name.
[© SteveS001 2011]
I recently purchased a new DAB radio alarm clock as I was fed up with the crackly reception on the preceding model. I love listening to the radio in bed on a Sunday morning and wanted a radio alarm clock that had a good sound quality and was small enough to fit onto the shelf next to my bed. Fortunately the Pure Siesta radio ticked all the boxes and more.
STYLE & DESIGN:
The clock itself has a black casing and silver/aluminium buttons which provide a stylish design. The buttons are easy to press and feel of good quality.
The radio has a DAB and FM tuner so you can receive both types of frequencies. You can select up to 8 pre-set stations for both DAB and FM. I must admit that I do not really use the FM function but it is good to have as a back up. There is also a headphone jack which enables you to listen to the sport results without disturbing your partner (always good)!
From an alarm point of view there are three options to wake up to (1) DAB, (2) FM or (3) a ringing tone. There are various alarm settings which can be adjusted for weekdays and weekends and these are intuitive to set-up.
Amazon.co.uk summarises the specification as follows:
Product Description: PURE Siesta - DAB / FM clock radio
Product Type: DAB / FM clock radio
Enclosure Colour: Black
Dimensions (WxDxH): 17 cm x 14.5 cm x 6.2 cm
Built-in Display: LCD
Built-in clock: Alarm, snooze, sleep timer
Radio: DAB / FM radio tuner - digital radio tuner - 16 preset stations
Speaker(s): 1 x speaker - built-in - 1.7 Watt
Power: AC 120/230 V
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
I purchased my clock radio from Amazon for £49.95 which I didn't think was bad for a DAB radio. I have been really impressed with the ease of set up and operation. The quality of the digital sound is excellent compared to my old FM radio and I have access to a number of other stations that I didn't previously.
I think that the auto-dimming back lit display feature is pretty cool as it adjusts so that it is not so bright at night. Sometimes the text display can be a little jerky but to be honest I usually turn this off so that it is not an issue.
It is nice to be able to set the alarm for the entire week and then just forget about it. With my old clock I had to set the alarm every night which looking back was a bit of a bind.
If you are looking at buying a new DAB radio alarm, I would highly recommend the Pure Siesta for consideration.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
I have used a clock radio for as long as I can remember. For me the main purpose of having one is that I struggle to sleep without a little bit of background noise and find it a lot easier with the radio on. After replacing a number of cheap clock radio's I decided it was time to shell out a bit more so about 2 and a half years ago I went for the Pure Siesta Clock Radio with DAB radio. I bought this from Argos and paid in the region of about £50.
The device itself is black in colour with nice silver operating buttons on the top which are clearly marked. The rectangular display on the front shows you the time (24 or 12 hour) along with which radio station you are listening too and an indicator as to whether the alarm is on. This a very lightweight Clock Radio and compact compared with a lot of other similar ones on the market. I have a small bedside cabinet and manage to fit it on that along with a small lamp and my phone at night.
This is very simple to use the clock set itself the first time I plugged it in with seconds which was a bit of a surprise after using my previous prehistoric models. I worked out how to set the alarm without using the instructions. It has 3 different alarms which can be set, I find this useful as I like to have a bit of a lay in of a weekend but don't want to sleep all day so the multi alarm system means I can set a later time for the weekends and don't have to worry about forgetting to change the alarm time the night before. There are different alarm tones or you can set it to wake up with the radio coming on if you like. I find the alarm wakes me up well although the snooze button does come in handy on cold mornings or after a night out.
The radio is digital but can also receive FM stations for me this is the biggest benefit over my old Clock Radio. The DAB is so much better sounding and I love the fact that there is no tuning button to mess about with. You can save up to 16 Stations in the radio's memory if you wish although I don't use this as I only listen to one station. There is a port on the top for headphones which could be useful for anybody whose partner doe not like the radio on in the background.
This has been an excellent purchase for me and I hope it lasts a good few years yet. I would recommend this to anybody.
I got this as a present from my father, and it's by far the best alarm clock I have ever had. The DAB radio is great, and it means I can easily find radio stations rather than having to scan through all the frequency's, although it does also have FM. It has 16 radio presets, however only 8 of them can be used for DAB, the other 8 have to be used for FM, but I'm not quite sure who would use the FM radio when DAB is available, however the option is there for those that do use FM and want the presets. Sound quality is also good. There are 3 alarms, and on each you can choose what days you want them to go off on or just once only, the volume of the alarm and whether you want it to be radio alarm or a buzzer. There is also a sleep function, and there are 5 different length of times the sleep can last. The clock display is large and easy to read, and also has an internal sensor, so the screen dims in the dark, and gets brighter in the day time, so it is always easy to read. The only problem I have had with this alarm clock is that when going to sleep, I like to use the sleep function, and there is no sound setting that is just right, it's either slightly too loud, or too quiet so I cannot hear what the DJ is saying. Otherwise a great clock radio, and is highly recommended.
I got this Pure radio in 2008, and it still works perfectly!
You can store up to 16 preset radio stations on it (8 FM and 8 DAB).
Also, you can set 3 different alarms, allowing you to set alarms for different times, differrent days, different number of times that it is repeated, and you can also set an 'Alarm volume'.
However, the alarm is only the radio - you cannot have a classic alarm sound set.
You can also set a 'Sleep' time, so you can fall asleep and it will automatically turn off after 15/30/60/90 minutes.
The clock face is a rectangular lit-up area (navy-blue), and the numbers and details come up in white light, so it is easy to see the time in the middle of the night!
The sound is really high quality, and on the display you can see how good your signal is.
Sometimes it can take a few seconds for the radio to turn on, and the signal can stop the radio working, but overall it is great!
The radio is almost triangular, with a flat front and the speaker on the top, along with buttons for volume, setting presets, turning it on and off, setting a sleep time and alarms etc.
I would recommend this product to anyone, as it has great sound and is quite small in size, so would easily fit on a bedside table/shelf.
It costs around £50-£60 in Amazon, Tesco Direct etc.
I got the Pure Siesta DAB radio as a chirstmas present from my father, with the intention that I could use it at University. This high-quality radio certainly fulfills that purpose, but it has various advantages beyond that.
The product allows the user to listen to Digital and FM radio broadcasts. Pretty standard but this radio also has three sperate alarms. A weekday alarm, a weekend alarm and a weekly alarm, allowing you to schedule when you want to wake up at different points of the week or when you want the radio to turn on for specific radio programs. The alarm will turn on the radio itself and thus play the radio and music at a very loud volume (unless you want it quieter). This is a very effective way of waking up in the mornings, and you won't miss your favourite radio programmes.
This tri-alarm system is very useful, and the simple to use, intuitive user interface and buttons means anyone can use it. I would recommend this radio for eco-friendly users, as one of Siesta's main selling points is that it uses one quarter of the power of many other digital radios. In this era of recession, this radio is a must-buy for customers aiming to reduce their power consumption and thus save money.
The design of the radio is very stylish and sleek, with its matt black finish. It is also tiny. It is 7 inches across, 6.5 inches deep and just 2 inches tall. It will take up very little space in your house/room and is very easy to transport (which is why it is benficial to students).
One downside is that the aerial is simply a long, thin piece of insulated wire, instead of an extendable metal aerial like on other radios. This may infuriate some, due to difficulties in trying to suspend the wire from somewhere where it will receive signal. You could cellotape the wire to the wall, but this is unslightly and detracts from the radios otherwise pleasing aesthetic.