A well built alarm/radio but one in which the design has not fully taken into consideration its function. The controls are fine for someone wide awake and with good eyesight to use in daylight but it is a challenge for someone who is half asleep or in the dark – probably the majority of the time that this alarm/radio will be used.
Pros * Solid build and elegant shape, taller than it is deep but reasonably heavy and so not unstable * Good display with variable levels of brightness, including zero level i.e. display off. * Sound quality is reasonable for the size and price of the item – do not expect hi-fi quality.
Cons * DAB reception is poor with the fitted aerial and there is no socket to fit a better aerial. * Controls (1) – all controls are on the narrow top of the radio, fitted flush and with no gaps between them. Some of the buttons are also small and it is difficult to differentiate between them to select the one required without looking at them - which requires good light and good eyesight. * Controls (2) – some controls are multi function e.g. the on/off is also the control to move from DAB to FM etc. Press it once to switch the radio on, but remember to press and hold it down to switch it off or it moves to the next function and remains on. *Goodmans' support. Their ‘Product Specialist’ was unable to answer a simple question regarding the display. The same question was posted on the Amazon owners’ forum and received two helpful answers within a few hours.
In conclusion, only consider buying this item if you intend using it in an area with a very strong digital signal.
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