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Pure Move 2520

Price at time of review £80

The Pure Move 2520 looks identical to the Move 2500 we reviewed on the 2013 Guide. The styling is reminiscent of early Apple iPods with a large rotary jog-wheel and rounded metal rear case.

The radio feels solid and well built, but we weren’t huge fans of the jog wheel control which, although intuitive in use, feels very sensitive and you have to be precise in how you control it. This control gives access to the menu system as well as tuning and volume controls. The only other switch on the radio is a key lock to prevent you inadvertently knocking the controls when using in a pocket.

Above the jog wheel is a small backlit LCD display. There’s good contrast and information is clear, but some of the display text is small.

We would have preferred to see the headphone socket positioned on the radio’s top or side – rather than on the bottom. This would makes it easier to position the radio when its resting on its base.

The Move 2520 runs from a ChargePAK rechargeable battery which gives around 15 hours of listening per charge. Charging can be via a supplied mains adapter, or using an optional USB cable.

Reception relies on the earphone lead being extended; it works well. FM reception was surprisingly good. Once you’ve found some stations you can save up to 10 DAB and 10 FM favourites and access these using the jog control.

Sound quality is good via the provided set of noise isolating earphones and there are separate controls for bass and treble. There’s no loudspeaker.

A useful personal DAB/FM radio with good features and reception.

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Bush Pocket DAB Radio

Reviewed December 2017

Price at time of review £40

The Bush Pocket DAB radio is a personal radio offering DAB and FM reception. It supports FM RDS, but it is not DAB+ compatible. We found the very small-sized text in the manual difficult to read. 

The build quality feels lightweight and cheap and the radio lacks a belt clip, and there is no button lock to disable the buttons when using it in a pocket. 

The reasonable sized backlit LCD display offers clear text. Below this there’s a central selection button surrounded by volume and tuning buttons. The central button enables users to scroll through onscreen text, whilst a long press brings up the main menu. The controls are not great, imprecise in operation and clunky to use. The only other control is the side mounted on/off switch. 

The radio features a built-in rechargeable battery which can only be charged using the bundled USB lead via a computer or compatible device with USB charging facility. The battery offers up to 9 hours of playback from a single charge. 

There are 20 presets available, 10 for DAB and 10 for FM, but these are menu driven and not easy to access on the move. 

Reception performance was reasonable for this style of radio, but the sound quality through the suppplied earphones is not good and there are no tone settings. However swapping for a better set of earphones improved sound significantly. 

This radio doesn’t have the quality of Pure’s Move 2520, or the Roberts SportsDAB range, but it is considerably cheaper. However without DAB+ we cannot recommend it.