i have been on the lookout for a portable internet radio that met all my needs and i think finally, this unit is the one. it really is a joy to use. bit of background. having tried many others from leading brands over the last few years, i had either returned them for refunds or sold them on. simple reason was - each of them seemed to be lacking in a single feature or features that the others had and vice versa, so there wasn't a single unit out there that gave me everything i wanted. below a brief list of other units i tried and why that unit was not for mePure Evoke Flow Portable DAB / FM / Internet Radio
media streaming from pc would drop out occasionally and there would be long 'buffering' pauses between tracksRoberts Revival iStream DAB+ UKW DAB Internet Radio
the top down display really was difficult to use and fiddly if the radio was placed at anything other that waist heightRoberts Stream 83i Stereo DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio with 3 Way Speaker System
display not fully dimmable during use. no good for bedside listening in a dark roomRoberts Stream93i DAB/DAB+/FM/ Internet Stereo Sound System with 3 Way Speaker System
display not dimmable. too large to be truly portable.
now onto the pure f4. i'll list all the things that swung it for me and why i consider it my 'overall' package.
+ compact in size with a solid build quality
+ rechargeable battery (available separately) ensures this can be used as a true portable radio
+ display can be set to turn off completely after 7 seconds. this is a huge feature for me. this applies both while the radio is in use and also while the radio is in standby. something no other radio i tried offered. to me this is essential if you want to use as a bedside radio.
+ superb clean and 'pure' sound. prefect both for voice and music broadcasts
+ volume increments. there are enough 'steps' up and down to ensure you can get the volume just right and as low or high as you need.
+ great reception on each available mode. i'm not experienceing any dropouts on media streaming that i got on the original evoke flow. the software on the f4 has been improved and is more responsive in this area.
a couple of things that could be better but were just not big enough deal breakers for me
- no dedicated sleep button
- no dedicated preset buttons