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Pure Evoke-3

This test report on the Pure Evoke-3 is one of a series of digital radio reviews. If you have reached this page from an internet search, we suggest you begin by reading the Introduction to our guide to DAB digital radios. For more information about the options listed below, see also the criteria by which to judge performance and what are the main features to look for.

Pure Evoke-3Pure Evoke-3 - test report

Overall verdict

Very good sound quality and lots of functions but difficult to use - setting and using presets through a menu, large but poorly contrasted display, small similar buttons, poor grip on tuning and volume control. Its remote control helped.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 22 x 29 x 13
Weight (kg) 2.7
Wavebands FM
Speaker/s stereo
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 99
FM presets 24
Preset buttons or menu menu
Pause and rewind live radio yes - up to 30 mins
Electronic programme guide yes
Recording yes

Performance

DAB reception ★★★★☆
DAB sound quality ★★★★★
FM sound quality ★★★★★
Volume control covers useful range yes
Sound quality at maximum volume very loud with loud bass
Claimed battery life (hours) DAB 12+ with alkaline, 10 with ChargePak
Actual battery running time (hours) DAB 9.5, FM 8.5
Mains power consumption (watts; on standby) 4.8
Mains power consumption (watts; in use) DAB 9.7, FM 10.7

Ease of use

Installation and setting up
by blind people ★☆☆☆☆
by partially sighted people ★☆☆☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★☆☆☆
Everyday use
by blind people ★★☆☆☆
by blind people (with remote control) ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people ★★☆☆☆
by partially sighted people (with remote control) ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★☆☆☆
Advanced use
by blind people ★☆☆☆☆
by partially sighted people ★☆☆☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★☆☆
Overall ease of use
by blind people (with remote control) ★☆☆☆☆
by partially sighted people ★☆☆☆☆
by partially sighted people (with remote control) ★★☆☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★☆☆☆
Features score
by blind people 37%
by partially sighted people 49%
by people with impaired grip 69%

Note: Star ratings range from poor (★☆☆☆☆ - 1 star) to excellent (★★★★★ - 5 stars).

Last updated: August 2011


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