Product Type: Tesco portable radios
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Great radio - if you don't move or turn anything else on!!!
Tesco Value CR-106 Clock Radio
Member Name: Randal
Tesco Value CR-106 Clock Radio
Advantages: Compact and cheap
Disadvantages: Very sensitive radio
The clock itself comes in a matt black plastic case measuring 12 cm by 11 cm by 5 cm high, so not large by any means, and is mains powered, or self powered via 4 x AA batteries mounted in the base. At the front is the LED clock display with the radio dial underneath, and the speaker is mounted on the top alongside the control buttons to adjust the time and alarm settings, together with the alarm and snooze on/off buttons. On the left as you look at it is a 3 way dual alarm on/off/auto switch and on the right are the twin dials for tuning the AM/FM radio and for the radio volume. So overall, a very simple compact clock radio arrangement.
What's it like in use? Set up of the time is very straight forward through pressing the buttons on the top, where the red display is very visible from across the room. Likewise, on the odd occasion we have used the alarm, set up has been equally easy, where a red dot comes up on the display to indicate that the alarm has been set. Now the alarm is a dual mode alarm, meaning that you can either have a buzzer, or wake up to the radio sound. The buzzer is what you could loosely describe as an 'interesting' sound - nice and loud, and at that perfect pitch and tone that you could equate to someone dragging their nails across a chalk board. My wife finds it a little annoying at best and to me, it just grates. But it will definitely wake you up in the morning because you will be so desperate to switch it off.
So that's the buzzer covered, now let's look at the key element of this clock radio - the radio itself. You can switch it on using the switch on the left, and then tune it in using the dial on the right. Sound quality is ok, if a little tinny, but for the price, what would you expect? The tuning dial itself can be a little hit and miss as you try to fine tune into a particular station, but once there, you are ok.
The main issue we had with this device was positioning of the device itself, which does seem to be fairly critical for the radio to operate correctly. We originally had it on a shelf in the kitchen, but the problem we faced there was that as we walked around the kitchen, the radio station seemed to fade in and out as we moved around. Equally, as we turned on the oven or the kettle, the radio would again pick up electrical interference. After trying out several different locations around the room, we eventually settled on the window sill, which just about seemed to be acceptable for it to hold a station without too much interference. I think the problem is that the radio/aerial may be a little too sensitive to electrical interference and to anyone/thing 'blocking' the aerial. It took us a while to find the right spot in the room, but it seems to demonstrate that the positioning of the device is critical in order to get and hold a good reception. But to be fair, once you find that right position, it is a good radio.
In summary, this is a very cheap clock radio from the Tesco Value range, and whilst have have had some good quality products from their Value ranges, this clock radio is a bit of a disappointment. Whilst the clock bit is great, and it has a buzzer alarm that grates your teeth, the radio bit can be a frustration to get right. Tuning is quite sensitive, and the device seems to be very susceptible to any electrical interference and movment, meaning that it can become very annoying if you are trying to listen to your favorite radio station in the background whilst you are doing something else. Hence, only a 3 star recommendation.
Summary: Good clock radio, let down by a sensitive radio.
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