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Pure Move battery/mains compact DAB digital radio with FM

Pure Move portable DAB/FM radio

Having cornered the market in just about every other area insofaras portable radios are concerned, Pure are now capitalising on the compact radio market with the launch of the Pure Move.

A DAB/FM model, the Pure Move is neat and compact portable radio with a built-in rechargeable battery and telescopic aerial. The radio is about two thirds the size of an A5 pad, measuring 150mm by 85mm and just 27mm thick. The integrated stand folds out 'round the back of the Move and, with the telescopic aerial fully extended, has no problems pulling in the vast amount of DAB stations available. The central rocker also lets you quickly scroll through DAB text, to rewind the name of an artist, for example.
Pure Move DAB compact radio
The Pure Move features a large backlit display, with stations and options easily changed by a central rocker switch

Functions are accessed by a central push-to-select 4-way rocker switch and surrounding info, preset, menu and DAB/FM buttons. A handy key lock on the side of the unit stops errant fingers from changing stations or fiddling with the volume. While there are no direct access preset buttons, stations can be saved to memory and scrolled through using the preset buttons and main control.

The Pure's single speaker gives the sort of performance you'd expect from such a compact unit - there's plenty of treble on tap and the sound is clear, bright and perfectly listenable. EQ settings let you tweak the amount of bass available and, while not earth-shattering, Pure have managed to squeeze the maximum performance out of the small speaker. The unit plays reasonably loud, too, without distortion.

To hear stereo sound from the Pure Move, you must plug in headphones or connect the radio up to an existing hi-fi system or stereo speakers. With the stand in place and orange backlight glowing, it's possible to use the Pure Move as a sort-of mini tuner, connected to a hi-fi system. The Pure Move itself has a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, so you can play music from an MP3 player or MiniDisc through the Move. Doing so, the Move isn't going to produce a groundbreaking sound, but lets not forget this is a very useful portable music amp that's just about small enough to double as a handheld.
Pure Move DAB palmheld receiver
The Pure Move DAB/FM radio

The Pure Move really scores in its versatility and compactness. The telescopic aerial can be folded away when the Move is tucked into your coat pocket, when using headphones, as the latter acts as the aerial too. The radio really comes into its own when 'phones are plugged in - it's a palm-sized radio with the added benefit of a speaker, but the radio sounds great with some decent Sennheiser headphones.

The radio works well with speech stations. Jeremy Vine on DAB on Radio 2 sounded authoritative without the harshness of too much treble. Switching to rock station The Arrow, the Move managed a commendable performance considering its size - a dynamic but not overly bright sound. FM reception was a little hissy, but this is probably down to the signal conditions, with the radio surrounded by large quantities of audio equipment.

The casing feels sturdy, the dark grey rubberised finish stops the unit sliding about in your hand and is a stylish contrast to the orange backlit display (with adjustable backlight and contrast settings) and silver metallic fascia. The radio is light enough even with the rechargeable battery in place and - it being a 4200mAh battery - should provide around 40 hours' use before you need to plug it back into the mains to recharge.
Pure Move DAB/FM portable side view
The Pure Move DAB/FM radio - a side view

Pure have another winner in the palm of their hand (excuse the pun); the Move has a good set of features and connectivity, which takes it beyond being just a palmheld radio. Its DAB and FM capabilities offer good flexibility in use. The USB connector ensures any future firmware downloads can be ported straight across to the Move, while advantages such as its compact size, wrist strap and a combination of telescoping and headphone aerials means it is equally happy hidden away in a jacket pocket or sat on a worktable.

With the benefit of a two year comprehensive warranty, the Pure Move should be given serious consideration against other handhelds and compact radios.

Find out where to buy the Pure Move DAB/FM radio online.

For: Well-built and stylish. Picks up DAB and FM. Button lock. A connector lets you hook up an MP3 player.
Against: Expensive. An alarm clock feature would have been a bonus.
Verdict: A great receiver that fulfils several purposes - a neat portable and a compact carry-around radio, that can also be used as a tuner when hooked up to a larger system yet double up as a "handheld".
Price: GBP90.00

Find out where to buy the Pure Move DAB/FM radio online.


Pure Move DAB/FM radio
Pure Move DAB/FM digital radio compact portable

Pure Digital Move Tech Spec

Specifications: Palm-sized DAB and FM radio with full DAB Band III reception. Compliant with ETS 300 401 and capable of decoding all DAB transmission modes 1-4 up to and including 192 kbps.

Frequency range: DAB Band III 174-240 MHz, FM 87.5-108 MHz.

Input connectors: 5V DC power adaptor socket (230V supplied), 3.5 mm Aux-in, and Mini USB connector for software upgrades.

Output connectors: 3.5 mm stereo headphone output.

Controls: Power, Lock, Info, Preset, Navigator, DAB/FM and Menu.

Presets: 10 DAB and 10 FM. LCD display: Orange backlit LCD display with 16 x 2 characters, function icons (volume, battery life, time, EQ, signal strength, DAB/FM and stereo) and clock. Key-press activated backlight can also be set to ‘always on’ for optimum visibility or ‘always off’ for longer battery life.

Mains Power supply: 230V AC to 5V (0.6A) DC external power adapter.

Battery Power supply: ChargePAK-inside Li-ion 4200 mAh rechargeable battery provides over 40 hours of portable DAB listening.

Approvals: CE marked. Compliant with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives (89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC).

Dimensions: 150 mm wide x 85 mm tall x 27 mm deep. Weight: 280g

Aerial: Recessed telescopic aerial supplied. Headphones act as an aerial when connected. (Headphones not supplied.)

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