Agree with you that removing plastic film does not solve the problem of reading the time in the dark. However I did read a post on another amazon forum that by pressing the snooze button lights up the display for a few seconds. Not totally satisfactory but that seems to be the best that PURE can do. PURE could learn a lesson from the ROBERTS radio by having a manual dimming control.
Your well named bungle! Two people in this discussion says it is too dark, one says it isnt. Seems that you are in the minority and if your latest comment is all you have to say then i suggest you keep your mouth shut on here and join a site where like minded people like you congregate.
Two people? What does that prove? I could show you two people that say the Moon is made of green cheese. 136 people have rated this unit 5 stars, and plenty of plenty of people have stated that there is no problem with the brightness. Honestly how dark does this display have to be for one not to be able to read it in the dark and when your irises are fully open when it's sitting right next to you? Get real.
And who the hell do you think you are telling me to "keep my mouth shut"?? You really are a rather arrogant chap, aren't you.......
I have two of these radios, the first one I brought from a supermarket several years ago and it works absolutely fine. At night the screen auto-dims, but is still at a readable level.
As I was so impressed with the first radio, I brought a second unit from Amazon for a relative last year. This one however auto-dims to complete darkness; you cannot read the screen at all when it gets slightly dark in the room. Unfortunately the relative has only recently told me of this, so I won't be able to claim a refund.
My original radio is black and silver and the front face is completely smooth whereas the new radio is white and has a recess for the screen and light sensor. I'm not sure if this extra layer of plastic covering most of the sensor is causing any problems.
Also the new radio is already running the latest software version (v2.1), and the option to disable energy saving mode does not do anything noticeable. With energy saving either on or off, the screen still auto-dims.
<update> I have just stripped down both radios and it seems they have different electronics inside. The older radio uses a light dependant resistor to sense ambient light (these devices are not terribly accurate), while the newer radio uses a photo diode.
After seeing this, I will assume that it was the designers intent to dim the screen to complete darkness, but the older versions did not dim completely due to their inferior components. </update>