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Pure Digital The Bug DAB digital radio with MP3, EPG and record feature

Pure The Bug DAB digital radio review

Our review
Pure Digital's The Bug is a quirky-looking DAB digital radio from the stable of renowned designer Wayne Hemmingway. It has several light-hearted touches, such as blinking eyes on the display screen and "shoulder-pad" speakers.

The Bug radio is easy to use. Thanks to its large screen, The Bug can display up to 5 stations at a time for quick browsing. Six hotkeys around the readable white-on-blue display screen offer access to more stations, or the 4-way rocker switch mounted on the base flicks between stations. The same switch adjusts the volume and switches The Bug on and off.

The Bug scrolls station information across the bottom line of the display and you can bring up information about the multiplex, signal strength and bitrate.

Need to answer the 'phone? A hit of the ReVu button pauses the broadcast - The Bug falls silent - waiting for you to press the button again to pick up where you left off. You can skip forwards and backwards through the current broadcast. It's also possible to record shows onto a standard SD card.

Pure Digital's The Bug plays loud for its size - plenty loud enough for a modest-sized kitchen or bedroom. Pure have thoughtfully included an optical output for hooking up The Bug to a MiniDisc recorder or to a larger hi-fi system. There's also a headphone socket tucked away around the back.

A USB connection allows you to upgrade The Bug's software to the latest release. This means that you can now have access to an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), which gives information on programmes on many stations up to a week ahead. The EPG is currently in a stage of testing, to iron out any problems.

Well-built and sturdy, The Bug is perhaps the most sophisticated DAB digital radio currently available. The USB interface means you'll always be getting the latest software updates and patches.

The Bug's angled speakers means it does a good job of projecting sound into the room and it does play loud without distortion. You'll either like or loathe the design - it certainly stands out and will certainly be a talking point for visitors.

Pure's The Bug is available now for much less than the original asking price of GBP129.99 at several online retailers, links to which can be found below. You can choose from a white or graphite-grey design.

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