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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little radio., 28 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Roberts SportsDAB3 DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Personal Digital Radio with Loudspeaker and OLED Display (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
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I was pleasantly surprised by the diminutive size of this Roberts radio when I opened the box, it is about the size as a pack of cards, fitting pleasantly in the hand and slipping easily into a pocket. It really does live up to the portable claim, with a light but noticeable-in-the-pocket weight.

It seems to have taken some design cues from iPhones with the piano black body and metallic bezel.

The internal, non-replaceable battery comes with some charge, though the comprehensive instruction manual does ask you to charge fully before first use (which I didn't because I'm impatient). I was initially disappointed in that the radio couldn't find any signal, even when in direct line of sight to the local transmitter, however this was readily solved with a factory settings reset described in the manual. Once it had found the signal it took a minute or so to discover all the stations before we were ready to go. Like all DAB radios even without full signal the sound quality remains good. If you find yourself in a non DAB area the radio can be switched to FM mode.

The sound through the supplied earphones is good but the front speaker is a little weedy, which is fine for a portable radio and saves battery charge, though it does struggle to be heard in noisy environments. There are settings that alter the sound levels to increase the volume of quieter sounds, however I found the best way was to connect the radio to a speaker through an audio cable. In fact if you already have a speaker with a standard audio jack you can use the radio as a home radio.

The controls could do with a little more differentiation when used blindly - in a pocket say - the power button being next to the volume buttons, I have switched off accidentally more than once. The rocker dial for accessing stations works very well though and the button lock prevents other accidental presses.

The OLED screen is bright and clear, displaying a decent amount of information including signal loss and sound format as well as the usual station and now playing information. It is easy to read in most light conditions.

The build is of a generally high quality to a high finish but the aerial is very thin and requires delicacy to slide back into the body and as such I will keep this away from my three year old. You might not want to walk around with the aerial extended in your pocket given the chance of accidental damage but I found I could get decent reception even with it stowed away. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the radio is rugged, so I wouldn't take it camping necessarily though it would go great in a camper van or caravan.
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