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Tesco Value Wind-Up RAD-306 Radio
Tesco Value RAD-306 Wind-Up Radio
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Tesco Value RAD-306 Wind-Up Radio
Advantages: Low Price, Easy to Use, Fully Portable, Good Sound Quality, Lightweight, Built-In Torch
Disadvantages: Radio station selector switch a bit fiddly
Ever since I was a child, way back in the days when there was no colour in the world and, everything was black and white, I have always been a radio fan - or 'wireless' as we called it back then. With the birth of wind-up radios I have often been tempted to buy one; being impressed with the total simplicity of the whole idea.
Being in a Tesco store last year, browsing and comparing computer keyboards, my eye was caught by a little wind-up radio in a 'Tesco Value' box. I could not resist the impulse to buy, and couldn't wait to get it home to try it out.
Straight out of the box I was impressed.
Although the RAD-306 as it is known is made, predictably, of virtually 100% plastic, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that although light in weight, it has a substantial feel when held in the hand and the silver casing makes it looks more expensive than it really is.
For a little radio at the low price of £7.97 (price correct at time of writing, May 2007) it has more features than I had expected.
On the top of the radio is the chrome-finished telescopic aerial, which is multi-directional.
Next to that is the little, black AM/FM waveband selector switch.
The Radio/Light selector switch is next, also black.
Then comes the DC 4.5v socket, enabling the radio to be plugged into a mains socket and used as a normal radio. It also takes 2xAA batteries if you prefer this option.
Last but not least (on the left-hand side) is the headphone socket. Using headphones with the RAD-306 is a real pleasure, as the quality of the sound is outstanding. Used in general radio mode, the small speaker produces good reproduction for both music and the spoken word, considering how small the speaker actually is.
On the right of the radio is the volume dial which also switches the radio on and off, and above this is the tuning dial. If there is one feature that detracts slightly from awarding 'full marks' to this product it is the tuning dial. Although the station signal stays in place once tuned in, setting the required radio station can, at first, feel somewhat fiddly.
On the far left is the built-in light, which is powerful enough to cope with most general purpose uses, and would come in very handy if used while camping etc. However, the radio does not operate while the light is on but does come back on automatically as soon as the light is switched off.
On the front is the small, circular tuning window, speaker grille, two buttons - red and green - to show battery condition, battery selector switch and the all-important black charging handle. The handle is simplicity itself to use. A few clockwise turns and you are charged up and ready to go!
In most large Tesco stores (not 'Tesco Express'), and available through 'Tesco Direct'.
All in all a good quality wind-up radio for a low price!
Will help reduce your carbon footprint.
Well worth the small price tag.
Summary: A good all-round wind-up radio for a low price.
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