As I spend more and more time in the kitchen, playing around with my clean eating regime in preparation for Tough Mudder, I found myself needing music to keep me company.
Wanting to be hip and listen to the trendy stuff on BBC 6music, and having some vouchers, I decided to get a DAB digital radio from John Lewis. They had a good selection, including one that looked slightly like a Lego brick and others with alarm clocks (but who needs those with a 10 month old?). In the end I opted for the Pure One Mini.
The design is quite compact and stylish. It won’t take up too much room in my kitchen, which is a key factor as my ever-baking wife is a worktop hog. It’s simple design means it’s so straight forward that even a sleep-deprived zombie-dad can use it. Which is handy because I think I fall into that demographic. A few buttons on the top and the volume dial does the scrolling. Easy.
The functionality is a bit one-dimensional, but what do you expect? It tells you exactly what it is without fuss; a digital radio. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles and that would be fine, but for the price (£50) you would expect at least one whistle.
What you do get instead of features is very good build quality. It feels robust and hard-wearing so it isn’t threatened by a little explorer tugging at the wires. (The display is also a tad too bright to take photos of…)
The sound is pretty good for such a small box. It isn’t tinny like I’ve experienced with other radios and it can get pretty loud, so those hipster songs sound extra hip.
The only downside I’ve found so far is that the signal can be easily impacted by me and my accompanying limbs. The sound quality means that you can really hear any skips and glitches in the audio. Signal, both radio and mobile, is a bit of an issue around my way so it’s not entirely the radio’s fault but it does seem a tad touchy.
Overall, I think it is a neat little device that does its one and only job well, but also sits quietly (or not if you want) in the corner. It’ll always be easily beaten on price by other lesser-known radios, but the quality of this one shines through and shows you where the value for money is.
This was a featured post. I was providedworth vouchers and bought the Pure Mini One for an independent review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. You can read my review policy here.