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Roberts RD-59 Gemini 59

This test report on the Roberts RD-59 Gemini 59 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.

Roberts RD-59 Gemini 59Roberts RD-59 Gemini 59 - test report

Overall verdict

Easiest to use of the hand-held radios tested. Auto-select tuning option and simple to set and select presets. Let down by its sound quality but adequate for speech.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 11 x 16 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.5
Wavebands FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 5
FM presets 5
Preset buttons or menu 5 buttons
Pause and rewind live radio no
Electronic programme guide no
Recording no

Performance

DAB reception ★★★★★
DAB sound quality ★★☆☆☆
FM sound quality ★★★☆☆
Volume control covers useful range yes, for its size
Sound quality at maximum volume fairly loud with more distortion
Claimed battery life (hours) DAB 25, based on 4 hours a day
Actual battery running time (hours) DAB 17, FM 13.5
Mains power consumption (watts; on standby) 1.7
Mains power consumption (watts; in use) DAB 3, FM 3.2

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 partially sighted people ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★☆☆
Advanced use
by blind people n/a
by partially sighted people n/a
by people with impaired grip n/a
Overall ease of use
by blind people ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★☆☆
Features score
by blind people 53%
by partially sighted people 60%
by people with impaired grip 80%

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

Last updated: August 2011


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