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You can get the Pure Elan BT3 Colour Screen DAB radio from Amazon for around £84.99 in mint, graphite, slate blue, bright red, nright blue or grey.

Pure's Bluetooth audio BT3 adds colour screen to DAB/DAB+ digital radio

The Pure Elan BT3 DAB+ equipped digital radio adds Bluetooth audio capability to a kitchen radio, letting your pair your smartphone with the radio to hear your own tunes through the BT3. The radio is designed to sit on kitchen counter, with a slight tilt to the unit so that you can easily glance at its colour screen and select station presets. It is futureproofed, receiving a 'digital tick', alongside a three-year warranty, so UK listeners can take comfort that it will be compatible for many years to come.

Designed and engineered in Great Britain, the Elan BT3's selling point - apart from its 2.8 inch TFT colour display - is that it takes 4 'AA'-size batteries to let you move the radio around without being tied to a mains socket - and measures a compact 11.5 centimetres by 20 centimetres by (just over) 5 centimetres deep - great for taking out and about.

Plug it in (or pop in some batteries), extend the aerial and the first time you use it, the BT3 will search out all available DAB radio stations - simply and quickly.
Pure Elan BT3 front view

It's also packed with two separate alarms, so you can use it as an alarm clock radio, with each alarm set for weekday, weekend or daily wake-up calls. The only downside is that there isn't a way to dim the display, so you might need to place a piece of card or tinted film over the display if you're troubled by its numerals at night.

There is even an adjustable snooze function, programmable sleep timer and kitchen timer; all useful features that are easily accessed through the menu without too much button-pressing, particularly when recipes demand accurate timing, for example.

Pure Elan BT3 features a stereo headphone socket, and you can also use it to play music from an mp3 device, using a standard 3.5mm audio cable connection to its socket 'round the back.

Want to adjust the sound quality? Additional tweaks can be made to the Elan BT3's bass and treble output through the menus, with six pre-set equaliser settings to try out to match your musical or speech mood, played out through a full-range 3 inch speaker.

Up to twenty-four presets can be set on the Elan E3, with 3 direct-access keys for your top 3 preferred stations and other stored stations accessed through a scrolling list of stored favourites.

Digital radio slides are displayed in full colour, so users can view song or artists' artwork, pictures of the presenter, phone-in and competition details, the weather and much more - all on a 2.8 inch colour display. This feature is becoming more common on DAB digital radio, but is currently available on stations like Heart and Capital FM in London.
Pure Elan BT3 colours - mint, slate blue and graphite

The Elan E3 can of course receive Magic Chilled, Jazz FM, Fun Kids and Union Jack broadcasting in the DAB+ standard - something older DAB radios can't do. These are available on the UK's second commercial radio bundle of stations - check out our radio station listings to see a list of national and local stations broadcasting in your area.

Recognising that not all stations are available on DAB digital radio, the Elan BT3 also includes an FM tuner, with RDS station naming and RadioTEXT making use of the easy-to-read colour screen.
Buttons on the Elan E3

Mains or battery powered (there's a power adaptor included in the box), the Elan BT3 sets the tone for a more exciting, immersive listen, with extra information shown on the radio's colour screen, conveniently angled upwards, towards the user.

As with all Pure radios, the Elan BT3 comes with a three-year warranty and is suitably future-proofed to grab all DAB and DAB+ radio stations both in the UK, on the continent and 'down under' in Australia.

Check the left-hand column to find out where to get one at around £85 for the Elan BT3.
Pure Elan BT rear

Also consider:
Roberts Play10 DAB/DAB+ radio
Roberts Play DAB/DAB+ radio with colourful bumpers
Revo PiXiS DAB/DAB+ internet radio connected receiver


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