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It looks a bit like a radio from the 1980's, being a black plastic with a speaker grill on the front, and an extendable aerial. But the fact that it is digital and solar powered mean that it is a radio of the21st century.
It is rectangular in shape and the speaker is on the front, together with a dial for tuning the radio and five buttons, being 'favourite stations', 'preset', 'DAB/FM, 'info' and 'Auto tune'. The only other thing on the front is the power button. On the side you can plug in headphones, a USB stick for upgrading and a line in for external music player.
On the top is the solar panel, which collects light in order to power the device – which is great in the summer but useless in the UK.
The build quality is strong and can withstand being dropped a few times, (believe me), without falling apart of cracking open. The buttons and dials are clearly labelled so there's not confusion when it comes to finding one of the preset stations or, if you want to, retuning the lot.
The sound quality is great, although it does struggle in certain areas of the house where other digital radios succeed... even with the aerial fully extended. But once the signal is strong it will play all day long and give out lovely clear sounding tunes all day long, or until the batteries run out or the sun goes in???
This radio is a bit pricey for a radio, and for a DAB too, selling for a whopping £60 +.
There are many other radios out there that offer the same, if not better quality and come at a lower price. So shop around as this one is not worth the price tag.
Roberts SolarDAB is a stylish and compact DAB/FM radio with integrated solar panel which absorbs direct sunlight and changes it into power. Under good condition there is sufficient power generated to charge the batteries and power the radio. You can also use normal or rechargeable AA batteries. SolarDAB also features rotary tuning and volume controls favourite station button FM RDS station name display and USB socket for software upgrades. Using stereo line in socket you can connect your iPod or MP3 player and enjoy your favourite tunes.