LOGIK L2DAB16 Portable DAB/FM Radio Review

LOGIK L2DAB16 Radio

Summary:
The LOGIK L2DAB16 offers excellent value for money, but the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.

Buy it online:
See price on Currys.co.uk

The LOGIK L2DAB16 is a no-frills, inexpensive portable DAB/FM radio with a single speaker. It could be a good choice if you’re looking for a small and simple digital radio.

Given that the LOGIK L2DAB16 is so cheap, you might have concerns about its performance. The LOGIK name also lacks prestige when compared to other radio manufacturers such as Roberts and Pure. So is the L2DAB16 worth your money? Let’s find out…

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • LCD screener
  • 20 presets available (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Telescopic aerial
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • Can be powered by the mains or 4 x AA batteries

Dimensions: 22.5 cm wide x 11.2 cm high x 7.2 cm deep
Weight: 290 g

Performance and use

As you’d expect from a radio in this price range, the sound quality isn’t very impressive. The LOGIK L2DAB16 sounds quite tinny, and might be disappointing if you’re used to a higher quality radio. It also distorts a bit as you turn the volume up

FM and DAB reception is generally good on the LOGIK L2DAB16, and it compares well with many higher-priced radios.

The LOGIK L2DAB16 is very small and light, so you can easily carry it around the house or take it out into the garden. However, it’s not ideal as a portable radio due to the poor battery life. Like many portable DAB radios, the LOGIK L2DAB16 gets through batteries very quickly, so it’s a good idea to use rechargeable batteries if you don’t want to have to keep buying more batteries.

The LOGIK L2DAB16 doesn’t have a huge number of features (there’s no alarm, Bluetooth or sleep function). However, this means the radio is generally very easy to use which is a big plus if you want something simple.

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Easy to save and access presets
  • Straightforward and simple
  • Compact and portable

Cons

  • Mediocre sound quality
  • Eats through batteries quickly
  • Instructions manual is poorly written

Verdict

The main reason to buy the LOGIK L2DAB16 is its very affordable price (see on Currys). It’s one of the cheapest DAB radios currently available on the market, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking to get something as cheap as possible.

However, the LOGIK L2DAB16’s sound quality is quite disappointing, and it also gets through batteries very quickly. If you can afford to spend a bit more, we’d advise doing so to get something higher quality.

Similar radios

One portable DAB radio that is a similar size to the LOGIK L2DAB16 but has much better sound quality is the Sony XDRS60. It’s more expensive than the LOGIK radio, but has a clear sound with decent amounts of treble, bass and mid-range frequencies. It can also be turned up quite loud without distorting.

A good budget alternative is the Roberts Radio Play10. It’s a bit more expensive than the LOGIK L2DAB16, but still very affordable. The Play10 is simple and easy to use, offers FM/DAB/DAB+ radio and is made by Roberts, a well regarded British radio manufacturer.

For some more options check out these great DAB radios for under £50.

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