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=Satzuma USB Radio Pig=
A couple of friends and I have a little tradition for Christmas that we spend a maximum of £5 on an item that is a novelty item.
Mine was the Satzuma USB Radio Pig - that was Christmas 2012
It had to be around £5 as that was our budget .
This is a fully working USB Radio, that is designed to look like a pig.
The shape is a round shape with two small ears, which are used as buttons and there are two small black eyes attached, although these are decorative purposes. The pig has four small legs which gives it a stable
This is so easy to connect, you just hook into a USB point on your laptop or computer and your ready to use, my computer has Windows 7 and there was no additional programs needed to upload.
The radio station element is controlled by the ears, you use the left ear to search for a station, and the range is from 82-107FM, and the right ear is the default station
At this point I will say there is nowhere to see what station you are connected to, its a bit of trial and error.
=On/off and Volume=
Even though this is powered by the computer, the tail acts as the on/off switch flicking it up and down, and to change the volume you go side to side.
(You can also use batteries in the Pig, if you wanted to use it away from the computer, although I leave mine upstairs on the desktop computer as I have digital radios throughout the house).
You can also use the pig as a speaker for your computer, there is a cable that is included within your set, again this is by USB port.
The volume is not brilliant, but it does give the pig a second use.
At the end of the day it is a novelty plastic pig, the quality is ok, I've had mine 15 months, and it gets used about a couple of times a week both in the function as a radio and as a speaker, and it works ok.
This is a novel idea it would make a great gift for anyone that loves pigs, and at £4, its not going to break the Piggy Bank.
I'm a kid at heart and I love novelty electrical goods. If my purse permits, I like to collect novelty speakers, music players, radios and whatnot. I frequently browse online shops and when I saw this Satzuma USB radio pig, I know I have to buy this product even though I'm don't listen to radio that much.
As the name suggests, the Satzuma USB radio pig is a radio designed to look like a comical shape of a pig. Personally I find it very endearing, which is one of the reasons why I bought this online. The radio is very lightweight and measures about 300 grams that makes it very portable. It's made of plastic and it's quite pale pink in colour. The short legs of the pig are the stands of radio to stablise it and the snouts are designed as speakers. The curly tail has a dual function, such that it is both used as volume control and the USB connector.
The radio itself is very easy to use. You just connect it to the computer via the USB and off you go. The advantage is that you don't have to spend money on batteries. However, another good point is that if you're computer battery is running low, you can slot in 3 AA batteries to power the radio instead and I'm quite impressed with this design.
To use it as a radio, press the left ear button which has auto-scan functions and it will play the first station that it receives. The receiver of this radio can pick up the frequency range of 82 - 107 MHz. Keep pressing the left-ear button until you find a radio station you want to listen to. From my experience, I have no problems with scanning and receiving radio transmissions using this radio pig. As for the sound quality, it is not the best but it's very satisfactory and the quality is pretty clear and loud enough for me to enjoy radio music properly.
Another advantage of this product is that it can also function as a speaker. It requires another cable as well as the USB connection to the computer. The cable will be plugged into the slot just below the tail and the sound from the computer can be heard via the pig snouts. I love this function and the kid in me is very impressed with this.
As for the price, I paid around £10.00 for this radio. For what it can do and the novelty of it, I personally thinks it's a very good price for this product. The performance is very good and enjoyable and I feel that I do get my money's worth with this product.
Thank you for reading. :) x
I got 1 of these for my birthday this year. I sometimes get fun kind of presents and when I saw this I thought that it looked a bit cute, but to be honest I wasn't in dire need of a Radio, but a present is a present isn't it?
This looks like the picture. So it's a nice light pink colour and in the shape of a Pig, although it is pretty round, so not exactly Pig shaped. It's not heavy so can easily be carried about if needed and although I haven't dropped it it seems the plastic is durable enough as well.
So as you will see this stands on the legs, which will be the little pig legs. The speakers are on the back of this, and most of the back panel of this is made up of the speakers which are in 2 parts - a smaller and larger one for some reason. The tail on here is the Volume control and also how you turn this off and on again. To scan the Radio channels you press on the left ear and the right ear sets the radio back to default settings.
You just plug this into the USB slot in your PC or Laptop and you can obviously listen to Radio through this. I normally just listen to music that is in my PC when I am on it, or go onto a local radio and listen to the show from their site, but the person I got this from isn't really up on computers so they perhaps didn't know all about things like this and thought this was a great thing.
You don't have to run an install disk or anything into your computer to use this, it is an easy plug and play device.
The sound from this is alright. Perhaps slightly tinny, but this is a small Radio device and the kind of sound I expected really. Also you can use the speakers on their own by attatching an extra lead that you get with this and therefore you can use these as extra speakers for your PC.
This is an ok device, but don't think it is a thing that I really need. Perhaps aimed more at kids, but it's a fun enough colourful radio.
This was the second present that my kids bought me for Christmas, to be totally honest it is not something I would have bought myself, but maybe I would have bought something like this for one of my children. But it was the thought that counts, so I decided that I may as well use it.
The pig radio
The radio weights just 300g and is made of plastic, it is really light and feels pretty hollow inside. The radio is pig and obviously in a pig shape, with the pigs snout used as the speakers and the tail is used as the volume control. The pig also has 4 feet which is used to keep the radio stood up. The radio does look quite pretty but would suit a child more than an adult.
The radio picks up frequency between 82-107MHz although I have not been through all the stations that it can pick up. I have usually just used the first channel that its set to and to be honest I do only use it as it was a present from the kids.
How to use
This is pretty easy to use, it comes with a usb lead that plugs into your computer, plug that in and the radio will just start up as long as you have the tail twisted to on. The tail is also your volume button, so you can adjust the sound to your own liking. To scan other channels you press the left ear to auto scan and it will find another channel for you, and same again if you don't like the next radio station.
The right ear is the reset button which will set the radio back to the default radio station. There is no software needed to be installed onto your computer so it is just a plug and play, and all the buttons are labelled so you know what button to use with no instructions.
The radio stations
The radio stations I have gone onto have always sounded really clear but you also have to be careful where you place the pig as in some places it will start to sound muffled, but its like when you have a normal radio you have to find the right place to get a good signal, but once you have it in the right place the sound is perfect. The volume does not go really loud though but I don't find this a problem as I don't like the radio to be too loud.
Work as speakers
The pig radio can also work as stand alone speakers, for this you get a seperate lead, you still use the usb cable, but then you plus the other lead into the pig just above the tail and then plug the other end into you headphone port and the radio will be switched off ad all the sound from your computer will be played through the speakers of your pig.
The kids paid £10 for this but I have seen it on the internet costing more so you should shop around first, this was bought from Asda.
My overall opinion
I do think the pig is pretty cute, but for what it is I think the price is quite high. It is not something I would buy myself but I would probably buy it for my kids as a Christmas present.
It does do what it says it will and plays the radio brilliantly, but you may think well why buy a radio to use on my computer when I can listen to it on the computer anyway for free. Well it can also run on batteries, it takes 3 AA batteries, so you don't just have to use it on the computer. It is a handy thing to have though for if your speakers ever break and you can't buy any straight away.
This is an ideal little present to buy and kids will love it, my kids love it and they do listen to it, and want to use the pig speakers whenever they are on my computer but for me its something that I would just store away until I really needed it for something.
I have still rated this 4 out of 5 as I feel it is something children would love more than us adults.