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Pure ONE mini review

£39 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PURE Digital

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Pure ONE mini is a solidly built, petite DAB radio.

The Pure ONE mini is a solidly built, petite DAB radio.

Pure’s ONE DAB radio is the best-selling digital radio out there, so it’s no surprise to find they’ve come up with a couple more models in the ONE line-up.

The first of these is the Pure ONE mini – a solidly built player with rounded edges that measures approximately 130mm tall by 130mm wide. All except the top 40mm of its front is taken up by a surprisingly powerful speaker, the volume of which is controlled by the chunky silver knob on the Pure ONE mini’s righthand flank.

You can see which DAB or FM radio station you’re tuned in to on the Pure ONE mini's 45mm-wide monochrome LCD window, in which alerts and programme information is displayed as scrolling text. The Pure DAB also indicates signal strength, the current time and date and whether the radio is set to FM or digital.

The Pure ONE mini's retractable antenna to pick up stations can be folded away and clips in place at the back when not in use.

A small silver button on the top of the Pure ONE mini lets you switch between these two reception modes, while pressing the Info button brings up any details provided by the digital channel. We were able to receive 20 DAB stations when listening to the Pure ONE mini in PC Advisor's central London offices, selecting the station we wanted by depressing the volume button.

Up to eight station presets can be saved in each of the Pure ONE mini's two modes, although in the case of the DAB channel, finding and selecting the station you want is just as easy with a twirl of the knob.

The Pure ONE mini has a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can plug in and listen to the radio without bugging others around you, but you’ll need to be cautious of that volume control. We found listening to Nickelback on a setting of 4 or 5 tolerable (audio level-wise, at least), but we defy you to plug in and crank things up all the way to its maximum of 16.

Being digital, the Pure ONE mini's audio quality is superb, though, even if you haven’t the most solid reception. In the office we have a middling DAB reception wavering between three and four bars; even so, Duffy’s 'Warwick Avenue' came through amazingly clean.

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Pure ONE mini Expert Verdict »
Pure One Mini Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 270 reviews
DAB radio
Telescopic Aerial
ChargePAK B1 battery (Not Supplied)
DAB Tuning Range: Band 111 (174MHz to 240MHz)
FM tuning range: 87.5MHz to 108MHz
3.5mm Headphone Socket
230 Volt to 5.5V DC
16 Pre-sets
3in full range speaker
135x130x60mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

At just £39, the Pure ONE mini is an excellent value player that is really well constructed and that offers excellent audio quality both through headphones or when playing through its generous speaker. We’re delighted to see DAB radios coming in at such reasonable prices without compromising on quality or design. This is another great Pure product.

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