Looks - excellent Sound quality - Good enough although it is mono - you can get stereo through headphones Ease of use - Very good
Problem! and solution if anyone else has this.
The radio arrived in the evening so having read the instruction manual I set about charging the batteries. Following the instructions I first set the switch to the NimH/Nicad side. (The text inside the radio is a little confusing as it appears to suggest three positions for the switch, but I'm reasonably sure there are only two) I then inserted the batteries supplied with the radio and plugged in the charger. I was surprised when after only 6 - 10 minutes the charge light changed from blinking to solid, indicating the charge was complete. I thought it possible that the batteries had come precharged so I unplugged the charger from the radio and turned the radio on. The radio tumed itself in and I selected the station of my choice. After just a few minutes a red light appeared on the radio and it shut itself off. At this point I was unsure if the radio or the batteries were at fault so decided to try charging again but this time to leave on charge overnight. The following morning I turned on the radio and again it shut itself off after just a few minutes. This time I decided to try some rechargeable batteries of my own. The charge light was in blink mode for a good number of hours as one would expect. This was pleasing as I now expected that the problem had been with the batteries and not the radio. This has proven to be the case and it ran for 19 hours 39 minutes before the batteries were exhausted. The radio was in sunlight for about 90 minutes so will have got some extra charge from that. For your information the batteries I used for this test were Duracell DC1500 NiMH 1.2V / 2450mAh.