The Pure Digital Evoke Flow combines a DAB and FM radio with Wi-Fi and streaming technology ensuring users aren't tied to a PC if they want to enjoy internet radio.

Pure packages the technology in a contemporary device that feature styling reminiscent of the company's successful Evoke 1-S DAB Radio - but is the Evoke Flow all style and no substance?

Certainly not. Not only are we impressed with its design, which combines a glossy black finish with a chrome speaker, handle and dials as well as touch sensitive buttons on the digital OLED display, we also love the number of different features it offered.

Once we'd plugged the Pure Evoke Flow into the mains power (it can also be used as a portable radio if the optional ChargePAK rechargeable battery is purchased) you can select DAB or FM radio stations to listen.

Using the dials and touch sensitive buttons on the display, you can automatically or manually choose your desired station as well as saving up to 30 stations as presets and even making use of the alarm and sleep timer functions offered by the radio. We especially love the fact you can ‘snooze' the alarm by simply grabbing hold of the Pure Evoke Flow's chrome handle located on the top of the radio.

We tested the Pure Evoke Flow in an urban part of Kent and had no problems locating more than 50 different DAB radio stations within minutes. We are impressed with the volume achieved by the 3in speaker when you crank the device up to maximum volume.

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The Pure Digital Evoke Flow combines a DAB and FM radio with Wi-Fi and streaming technology ensuring users aren't tied to a PC if they want to enjoy internet radio.

But it doesn't just stop with DAB and FM radio. However, before we could access any more of the Pure Evoke Flow's extra charms, we had to register at Pure's online portal The Lounge. After creating an account by specifying a username, password and some personal details, we registered our radio by inputting the code located underneath the barcode on the box. The online portal then issued us with a registration code.

On the Pure Evoke Flow we selected The Lounge option and the radio automatically scanned for a Wi-Fi network. Once we'd identified our network from the list and entered our encryption key, we were asked for the radio's registration key. Once we'd input this, we were then able to select an internet radio station to listen from the hundreds of thousands available from the online portal. To make life easier, we were also able to search the station using name, genre, region, language or quality (on a scale of one to five, with five being excellent).

Once you've selected a station it takes between 30 seconds and a minute to connect and start streaming. You can add stations to the My Favourites menu on the device's memory, too. Alternatively, you can add stations to the My Favourites section of your account at The Lounge and because the radio and the portal are linked, within moments they are accessible from the My Favourites menu on the Pure Evoke Flow.

From the Pure Evoke Flow, you can access Listen Again content from the BBC and the Pure Sounds gallery of sounds including barking dogs, bird song and even motorbikes, that's also available on The Lounge.

Finally, you can the Pure Evoke Flow as a device to stream digital audio files stored on your PC. We downloaded FLOWserver - a UPnP media server from The Lounge and installed it on our PC. Once installed, we chose the Media Streaming option on the Pure Evoke Flow. The device searched for UPnP server and after we'd selected FLOWserver we were able to select the music we wanted to stream by choosing from title, artist, album, genre and even the most played or last played tracks. The dials and touch sensitive buttons let us scroll between tracks.

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Pure Evoke Flow: Specs

  • DAB, FM and internet radio with Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b and 802.11g supported with WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption), 3in speaker with 7W output. 6V DC power adaptor socket (230V supplied), ChargePAK connector, 3.5mm Line-in for auxiliary devices, USB (mini-B type). Large high contrast yellow-on-black graphical 128 x 64 auto-dimming OLED display. 175x210x110mm
  • DAB, FM and internet radio with Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b and 802.11g supported with WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption), 3in speaker with 7W output. 6V DC power adaptor socket (230V supplied), ChargePAK connector, 3.5mm Line-in for auxiliary devices, USB (mini-B type). Large high contrast yellow-on-black graphical 128 x 64 auto-dimming OLED display. 175x210x110mm

OUR VERDICT

We are very impressed with the Pure Evoke Flow. It’s easy to use, offers a huge number of functions and is value-for-money to boot.

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