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Roberts ECO1BK Ecologic 1 DAB/FM RDS Digital Radio with Built-in Battery Charger - Black

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  • DAB/FM RDS radio WITH 10 station presets AND Search/manual tuning
  • Runs on rechargeable AA batteries (with built-in battery charger) or via the mains (adapter included)
  • Easy to read 16 x 2 character LCD display with Amber display backlight
  • FM RDS station name display

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Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 16 x 10.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: ECO1BK
  • ASIN: B001G1FRVO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Black

Product Description

The Ecologic 1 is a member of the Roberts brand new Ecologic range, developing and enhancing our products to become more environmentally friendly. The Ecologic 1 benefits from all the usual fantastic features of a Gemini 59 and is an extremely compact portable DAB/FM radio measuring just 160(w) x 105(h) x 35(d) (mm). This tiny gadget is only slightly bigger than some personal radios on the market!

However, the Ecologic 1 has built-in battery charger, enabling you to recycle rather than having to purchase new batteries at the end of their life. It's improved power consumption also ensures the batteries will work for longer.

The Ecologic 1 is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites on the 10 station presets. The Ecologic 1is a very easy to use portable radio, perfect for outdoor listening with it's built-in battery charger, alternatively it can be powered from the mains.


Technical Details

"FM/DAB/DAB+ RDS wavebands
Built-in battery charger - ideal for standard AA rechargeable batteries
FM RDS station name display
10 station presets
Auto time set
Up/down tuning buttons
Amber display backlight
Headphone socket
Search/manual tuning
Menu display / selection of all major functions
Easy to read 16 x 2 character LCD display
AC adaptor included

Dimensions

Size (mm) 160(w) x 106(h) x 35(d)
Weight 365g
Available in black or white

What is DAB Radio?

DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting, this is a way of broadcasting radio digitally via a network of transmitters. It provides listeners with more choice, better sound quality and more information.

More Choice

Because of the way DAB technology works, broadcasters can transmit many more stations than ever before. Listeners in most major towns and cities in the UK can receive between 30 and 50 radio stations with a digital radio, in many cases that's more than double what's available on analogue. Because digital radio uses the spectrum more efficiently than analogue, it is possible to broadcast more channels using the same frequency, making room for broadcasters to expand their station portfolios.

Less Noise

DAB digital radio delivers improved sound quality. The technology allows the receiver to lock on to the strongest signal it can find and ignore everything else. This eliminates the hiss, crackle and fade so familiar on analogue radio.

Ease of Use

A DAB digital radio will tune to a station at the touch of a button. No more fine tuning a station to get the best reception. A DAB set allows the listener to scroll through a list of available stations by name - then tune in by pressing the 'select' button.

More Information

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to know who it is by or what it's called? Or tuned into speech radio and wanted to know what the programme is about or who is speaking? Digital Radios have a screen which can show text information transmitted by the radio station. Some stations send information about latest news, sports scores, what's on now and next, website address and phone numbers. Some radios offer an option to view the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) which shows listings information for some stations. It is also possible to Pause rewind and record live radio.

Product Description

The Ecologic 1 is a member of the Roberts brand new Ecologic range, developing and enhancing our products to become more environmentally friendly. The Ecologic 1 benefits from all the usual fantastic features of a Gemini 59 and is an extremely compact portable DAB/FM radio measuring just 160(w) x 105(h) x 35(d) (mm). This tiny gadget is only slightly bigger than some personal radios on the market! However, the Ecologic 1 has built-in battery charger, enabling you to recycle rather than having to purchase new batteries at the end of their life. It's improved power consumption also ensures the batteries will work for longer. The Ecologic 1 is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites on the 10 station presets. The Ecologic 1is a very easy to use portable radio, perfect for outdoor listening with it's built-in battery charger, alternatively it can be powered from the mains.

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637 of 642 people found the following review helpful By Mary Barkess on 30 Mar 2009
Colour Name: Black
I bought this radio on the strength of the Roberts name and the three reviews on this page. I was not disappointed. It's a cracking radio,solidly built with a great sound. Its easy to use,and has two possible power sources.You can use the mains adaptor or batteries,either rechargable(the radio will recharge them when not in use)or the ordinary alkaline.You just have to move a small switch to tell the radio which type of battery you are using. It tunes into all DAB stations when you first switch it on and its a simple job to store up to six channels, and also with the FM band.
Excellent radio.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. M. Whiteford on 20 July 2009
Colour Name: Black
received this in time to listen to five live sport for the golf and cricket.
Superb battery lasting power and really convenient not having to remove batteries to charge them and great signal and sound. Does everything I was looking for as I wanted a portable radio as can easily listen to radio stations on television at home.
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385 of 395 people found the following review helpful By Richard Montagu on 4 Jan 2009
Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
I needed a small DAB radio with good reception and output and this is just what I've got. It provides excellent coverage with virtually no aerial extension where we live in Somerset and has performed equally well on a caravan site in south Devon. Simple to use and does most of the hard work for you. I like the idea of using rechargeable batteries and having them recharged, in situ, by just using the mains transformer from time to time. What would I have liked - an alarm function, but I knew it didn't have it, so this is just me being greedy. For anyone lookling for a small, portable DAB radio with great performance, look no further.Roberts Ecologic 1 DAB/FM RDS Radio with built-in AA charger
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D Spicer on 7 Dec 2010
Colour Name: Black
I did a lot or research before buying this as I have always thought that DAB radios were expensive but I decided that I wanted a small portable radio to listen to in my home office but could be taken with me on trips away.
I looked at a number of different types, mainly Roberts and Pure, and having listened to some of them I thought the Roberts had a better sound and build quality. I went for the Ecologic 1 as it was nice and small and would run off AA batteries including rechargeable ones, charged by the in built charger.
I have had the radio for 2 weeks now and could not be more pleased. The reception is excellent and the sound quality is really good too considering it is only a 0.5 watt speaker.
It is well built and easy to use. It charged my well used 2000mah rechargeable batteries from flat to fully charged in about 4 to 5 hours and they lasted about 16.5 hours over 10 days. My only complaint is that you only get 1 or 2 flashes of the battery warning light before the thing dies so I have ordered some more rechargeable batteries Duracell Supreme AA 2450mAh Rechargeable Pack of 4 Batteries to have a spare set with me when I travel. Make sure you change the switch in the battery compartment to the type of batteries you are using, i.e. rechargeable or alkaline.
I would thoroughly recommend this radio as I am very pleased with it.
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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on 11 Oct 2012
Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
The sound quality was fine. However, 13 months after purchase, the on-off button began to function very erratically; sometimes it would work normally, at other times it failed to switch the radio on. It is disappointing that this radio functioned for only 13 months, and was consequently out of warranty. I paid £52 for the radio; the cost of repair by the manufacturer would be about £45 including postage. Roberts radios have a good reputation, but I am reluctant to buy another one.
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253 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Coach on 26 Dec 2008
Colour Name: Black
I was extremely pleased with this as a Christmas gift to replace the long-serving FM/LW radio in my kitchen. The reception had never been brill and microwave and other electric items in the kitchen rendered it inaudible. This Roberts is light years ahead of the old one. The sound is great; it is simple to operate; it is mains and rechargeable-battery operated and still has the option of FM Band. FM is still useful as I can used it to pick up local stations which digital cannot get (I want Radio Stoke from 45 miles away!)
This radio is priced less that my first DAB radio, 50 quid as opposed to 80 quid. It has extra features and 6 presets for each band giving 12 in total - ample for me.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on 16 Feb 2009
Colour Name: Black
I bought this without seeing it, which was a bit of a risk - but it is just brilliant. It's really small so hardly takes up any room in my rather tiny kitchen, has amazingly good sound, AND it charges its own batteries while it's plugged into the mains. I like this feature as it means the batteries are always ready - I like having mine in the bathroom when I'm having a soak in the bath. It's also easy to use - which is good as I'm not very patient with new electronic objects!
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By P. Barlow on 3 Jan 2011
Colour Name: Black
FULL REVIEW of version 4.0.13

This small radio is well built with a solid feel to the buttons. However, the glossy plastic easily collects fingerprints and scratches. Even a soft lint free cloth will create minor surface scratches.

Accessing functions is mostly direct from the buttons on the front panel with a couple of less frequently used functions in an easy to use on-screen menu.

The menus are displayed on the Ecologic's 16 character by 2 line LCDisplay. This has a slower refresh and less contrast than my parents version 2 model. After some checking I discovered this wasn't a fault of my model but seems to be an unwelcome effort to extend battery life. It certainly makes scroll text harder to read than on the old model but it is still legible. Unfortunately, there are no contrast controls so you're stuck with factory defaults.

On the display, you can cycle through: scroll text, program type, multiplex name, time and date, frequency, bit rate and audio type and signal strength. The time and date are set automatically, while stations are autotuned when the radio is first turned on.

Sound is very good with little distortion even at high volume. Voices are clear and crisp and music is bright, if lacking bass as is usual with this type of speaker. Unfortunately there are no controls to alter the sound field such as treble or bass controls.

There are 16 steps to the volume, down from 20 in version 2 and now displays as a bar instead of numbers. The volume envelope has also changed, giving finer control over the lower volumes which is good for those listening through headphones or at night. If you are in a noisy environment, the radio has adjustable dynamic range control that boosts quiet sounds to make them louder.
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