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Tesco RAD 112R Pocket Analogue Radio

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A budget portable radio, the Tesco RAD 112R is compact and works well for the price. Whilst build and sound quality isn't the best, it certainly serves its purpose.

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      14.02.2014 15:32
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      Worth a try

      I bought this portable radio as a present for my husband. It was a sticking filler, as only £5. What a bargain!! I was not expecting it to be very good but at that price, I couldn't resist. He loved it. It is stylish, small, handy, portable. He also likes the fact that it is analogue, as he enjoys looking for small regional stations to listen to.

      It is built to last. Althouhh it iis small and yet it is sturdy. Some small portable radios can be fragile, as the manufacturer has tried to make it so small that it ceases to be robust. This is not too tiny and is still strong enough to be durable if taken out and about. A good balance.

      It is really easy to use, to tune and to carry around. There are few disadvantages to this product.

      The sound quality is not the best that I have heard. We used to have a really expensive portable. However, for the price, it is excellent. I would highly recommend this portable radio if you are looking for something cheap and cheerful. I will only give it four stars, as realistically, this is not the best quality product on the market.

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        21.01.2014 20:52

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        Steer clear

        I'm not a big fan of this portable radio and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who likes listening to the radio. If you like listening to static, this radio will be perfect for you. Otherwise, steer clear.

        The best thing about it is that it's cheap, and I understand a cheap radio is probably not going to be as good as an expensive radio, but this radio is pretty useless. The main thing you want a radio for is to listen to the radio, and it's here where this radio fails. Its ability to pick up a decent signal is terrible. I've tried it a couple of times down on my allotment and have had to give up, and I know it's not a fault of the area because I've tried other radios and they've managed to pick up a good signal. This one doesn't - it either picks a signal up for five minutes and then fades, or else it picks up a signal only when you're standing in front of it trying to tune it in - as soon as you think you've tuned it in and moved away, the signal goes. It's very frustrating.

        There are other faults, of course - for example the quality of the build is poor, the aerial seems flimsy, and the battery life for some reason doesn't seem too good - but the signal quality is the main reason why I'd steer anyone away from buying this radio. There are a few positives, but not many - it's light, for one, and it's cheap - but who wants a light, cheap radio that hardly works? Not me.

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        06.01.2014 23:12
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        Poor all round

        I bought this radio initially for my bathroom and it cost me a whopping £4 from Tesco. I wanted it as a small device I could tuck away in a drawer and listen to for 10-15 minutes in the bath every now and then. Even for that purpose this has not done anything to satisfy my needs and I have already moved on after only a few weeks.

        The radio has AM/FM which one plus point but wherever I have used this, Bathroom and Garden once or twice, it just cannot hold a decent signal. For £4 I don't expect a wonderful crisp clear sound but I do expect to tune a radio in and it to last more than 5 minutes. The signal fades and it has to be retuned. Not ideal and not worth the hassle! The tuning itself seems off to me and it is very fiddly. The numbers are hard to see and it takes a steady and patient hand to tune in.

        The signal obviously depends on the area I understand but other radios work fine and pick up and sustain. This doesn't. It causes annoyance.

        The whole thing itself feels very flimsy and for something that is intended to be portable it should really provide more confidence that it would survive a drop. The plastic is cheap, the aerial weak and the whole thing from the dial to the battery cover feels like it could drop apart at any moment. I would have expected so much more.

        The sound, when the signal holds, is fairly poor and "tinny". If you are hoping for a decent audible volume be prepared for quality dips. I expected it for the price to be a bad sound quality but not this.

        Overall this is a frustrating, cheap and tacky radio that is not worth the £4 it asks for!

        Poor.

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          19.11.2013 11:18
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          okay fm radio, always going to be poor reception and speaker is small

          I bought this analogue radio for a present but kept it as I realised I could use it. This costs £4 from Tesco and is a small portable AAA battery analogue radio.

          It is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where I don't have a radio and can't always be bothered putting my earphones and mobile on which is how I get portable music. The stereo is quite a way from the kitchen and bathroom as my flat is very spacious.

          DETAILS

          This small pocket radio is 14.5 cm by 7.8 cm by 4 cm deep which is small enough to go in a coat pocket.
          There is a headphone socket on the top and next to that is the AM/FM switch. The volume and tuning controls are on the side.
          There is a sturdy telescopic Ariel that pulls out of the top.

          USAGE

          This is good to put in the car as well so you can take it with you outdoors and to other peoples houses so you can wander off and put your own music on.

          The controls are on the top of the radio, and it has fm and am but no mw which means you don't get a lot of local stations.
          This is more for fun and something different to break the day up than a reliable signal for your favourite radio station, unless you live or are staying right next to a transmitter.
          The sound comes through one speaker and is a bit tinny but acceptable.

          DAB

          Analogue is going to stop being broadcast over the next couple of years, once enough people are listening to DAB and it reaches 90 % of the country.
          The main problem is that hardly anyone has a digital radio in their car, and they will all stop working in a few years.
          Portable DAB's and car DAB's are still far too expensive when you consider we have to use them to hear any proper stations after about 2015.

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          07.11.2013 21:48
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          Works fine Would recommend

          - Introduction -

          Whilst doing a weekly shop at Tesco last week I came across this mini pocket radio on sale for just a fiver! I've got a range of Hifi systems, CD Players, Decks etc but no pocket radio!!

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          So why would I need one of these in the 21st century?..
          Well because certain FM radio stations are still worth listening too.. sometimes! And when your away from the home comforts and in need of some background noise this is the perfect little pocket filler for just £5. What a bargain!

          There's nothing overly special about this particular radio, It accepts 2x AAA Batteries has a tuner controller on the side to choose required frequency, and a switch on the top for switching between AM / FM stations and also a 3.5mm mini-audio jack input for headphones. The unit comes in a modern silver and grey design and features a pop up aerial also at the top, useful for getting better reception in poor signal areas.

          - Would I Recommend? -

          I would recommend this product, Yes.
          The product is practical, simple to use and affordable. It is the perfect solution for use in the bathroom for when your getting a good soak in the bath, or perfect for the mobile tradesmen who's often out and about without access to electrical points, keep bordem off your mind and let music help pass your day easier.

          This is a value range Tesco product and although is cheap to purchase I haven't received any issues at all yet with this pocket radio. Thanks for reading

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          01.10.2013 23:02
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          Very happy and will recommend to anyone, good value! Happy customer of tesco! Will buy again!

          Introduction:

          I was looking for a portable radio to be used in the garden, I like having music on when I am weeding and doing general work around the house. I had a look on tesco direct to see what they had on sale and I spotted this little product and was pleased at the price which they were selling it for. I reserved it via click and collect and picked it up next day from my local store alongside other items I had ordered. I was pleased with how quickly I could recieve my item and the customer service I recieved was excellent. I will now go into a little more detail on this product and explain why it is worth the money. I am really happy with my radio.

          Price:

          This cost me £4.50 which I thought was excellent value at the time. It is cheaper than anything else I have seen on the market. I would say this is a bargain at the current price and I would recommend this product to you simply on the price alone! The addtional cost to this product is that fact that you need to purchase batteries to run it, it runs off 2xAAA which are easy to get hold of. I use ones from poundshops as they seem to work ok in this and last a while. Obviously the cost of batteries will push the overall cost of the product up! But I dont mind at all.

          Any good?:

          The sound quality is not amazing, but it does the job and gives a nice average sound. In the garden you done need good quality, just something to fill the silence and this works well. It is easy to tune and has very little issues that I have found so far. The ariel simply pulls out and gives you a good signal on your chosen station. The radio is very small which is perfect if you have only a small amount of storage space. I purchased one of these for my mother and she keeps it in her greenhouse, its the perfect size to carry around. for the money I would recommend you get one of these whilst you can.

          Overall:

          A small and handy little radio player, the sound quality isnt great, but for the money its worth it! I would recommend you get one of these as they are very handy to have. Great for summer BBQ's in the garden, or when you are out weeding your back garden. This small little thing can bring you entertainment when you need it most! Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helps you out. Give it a try, you will be happy with this product.

          4 stars from me, if the sound quality was a little better this would be getting all 5 stars from me. I am really happy and will get another one if this one ever fails.

          jlaker1992

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          22.05.2013 14:39
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          cheap and cheerful, don't expect anything fantastic, but it "does what it says on the tin!"

          Sometimes in life, you don't want to spend a lot of money - neither are you looking for something that is cheap and cheerful, but hiding behind a fake, glossy facade!

          Sometimes, you need a certain item, you don't want to spend a lot of money on it and it is not overly important what it looks like.

          This was the case for me recently. I work in an office - the office to an engineering factory - what might sound amusing and entertaining for some - believe me, is not - I am the only female in a workforce of around twenty.

          When it comes to my lunchbreak, I do not want to listen to football talk etc.. I need a bit of "me time" !!

          In Tesco, (both online and Instore) they sell a small, cheap portable radio. This was exactly what I was looking for, something totally portable and lightweight - to have on quietly in the background during my break times.

          The RAD 112R is an analogue radio, it only has AM and FM frequencies, in this day and age of DAB radio and listening to the radio on the internet, it is quite "back to basics" in its facilities, but there again, it depends what you want out of a product.

          The radio is powered by batteries. It uses 2 x AAA batteries, which are not supplied (laughably, a packet of batteries in the shops are almost as much money as the radio itself!)

          I bought the super-duper, long life batteries, which are still going strong about four weeks after putting them into the radio, and I am using it for a couple hours each day.

          The radio has a telescopic aerial that also rotates, for you to be able to pick up the best signal in your particular area.

          The Tuning button is on the top of the radio and is a round dial. next to the tuner is the volume control, also a round dial.

          The volume control also turns the radio off and on, and the power is indicated by a little red light on the front of the radio.

          It has the one speaker.

          The radio itself is absolutely lightweight ,, weighing around 100grammes (!! It probably doubles that when the batteries are added in!) It is 14 ½ cm high, nearly 8cm across and 4 cm deep. There is a socket for headphones, which is a nice little feature, but these are not included in the purchase of the radio.

          The radio's colour is black, the sound quality isn't too bad at all really. You have to accept that you are buying something very cheap so you are not to have high expectations - however I found that when I tuned the radio in to some of the main channels, with decent signal strength, then the radio holds the signal very well and the sound quality is perfectly good enough.

          The cost of this little radio is £4.47 - for that price my expectations were not high obviously, however in summary this little radio is very cheap, highly cheerful and works perfectly.. (and also keeps me sane during my working day!)

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