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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.