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3.0 out of 5 stars needs a few improvements, 21 April 2013
This review is from: Aves Air AIR8021010 Digital Handheld DAB DAB+ FM Radio with LCD Display (Electronics)
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The radio is small and very light and so it fits in a pocket very easily. In fact the batteries (2 x AAA) which you put into the radio probably make up most of the weight of it. This makes the radio ideal to take running or hiking with you. Whilst the fact it is a DAB radio does mean the crackles of the FM wave radio has gone it is by no means a perfect item.

It is easy to use and when switched on the radio searches for all the stations it can find and then produces the list which can be seen on the small screen and you can pre-set a few stations quite easily and they do remain stored even when the batteries are removed when replacing them. Whilst the radio is nice and clear this is only when it has a good reception which is a bit hit and miss. Also whilst changing channels from the list the radio will switch channels as you go through the list which can be a little annoying. Also the control buttons are a poor design and the 'rescan' button is easily pressed by mistake. There really should be a 'are you sure you want to rescan' option before the radio performs this. You can lock the keypad quite easily and it is easy to unlock them as well.

The build quality is also looks very cheap and plasticky and whilst the front does have a protective film this is hard to remove. The item's aerial is the wire of the headphones so unless this is completely unfurled the reception is not very good and the station can drop out at times, even if you remain in the same place. An internal aerial would have been better even at the expense of it being a larger item overall. After all mobile phones have had internal aerials for years so it isn't impossible. The headphone supplied also the very cheap in ear type. They are not the most comfortable things to use for a long time. Fortunately I do have other more comfortable headphones which work with the radio just as well.

The batteries being the AAA type can also mean that this radio will be expensive in terms of replacing the batteries at regular intervals and I mean VERY regular intervals as the battery life is not good. A built in rechargeable type of battery would have been far better.
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