Pure Evoke H3 Radio Review

 

Summary:
An attractive and well-designed radio that’s built to last

Buy it online:
£127.26 on Amazon.co.uk

The Pure Evoke H3 was released in 2016 alongside the rest of Pure’s Evoke H series of digital radios. The H3 is one of the cheapest radios in this series, and has a very similar design to the Evoke H2. The main differences are that the H3 has Bluetooth and a full-colour screen.  The H3 also has a greater power output and saves more preset stations.

The Pure Evoke H3 is an attractive radio that comes in either an oak or walnut finish, but how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Mains or battery powered using the optional ChargePAK B1
  • Kitchen and sleep timers
  • Dual alarm with snooze timer
  • Saves 40 preset stations
  • Full-colour TFT display
  • 3W RMS power output
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Dimensions: 18.6 cm high x 11.5 cm wide x 11 cm deep
Weight: 939 g

Performance and use

This radio is intuitively designed and easy to use. It has a compact vertical design which makes it great for kitchen countertops and bookshelves.

There’s a good amount of depth and detail to the sound, with a nice balance between bass and treble.

While this radio only has one speaker, there’s a good amount of depth and detail to the sound, with a nice balance between bass and treble. The sound is crisp and clear, and is ideal for both music and speech programmes.

The Evoke H3 has lots of useful features including a dual alarm and Bluetooth. In addition to Bluetooth, this radio also has an aux-in port so you can connect an iPod, phone or other device. You can also save 40 preset stations and quickly access your favourites using the 4 preset buttons.

The Pure Evoke H3 picks up DAB radio well compared to many other radios on the market. It should pick up a good number of stations and hold the signal with minimal interference.

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Good sound quality for a radio of its size
  • Bluetooth is easy to use

Cons

  • More expensive than other radios with the same features

Verdict

The Pure Evoke H3 is an attractive and well-designed radio with a good range of features. The radio is more expensive than alternatives from less well known brands, but the H3 is built to last and is backed by a generous 3-year warranty. Overall, it’s an excellent digital radio with Bluetooth that would look great in the kitchen.

Similar radios

The Pure Evoke H3 is very similar to other radios in the Evoke H series. The H2 is cheaper but more basic; it doesn’t have Bluetooth or a colour screen. The H4 and H6 are more powerful, and the H6 offers stereo sound.

A cheaper alternative is the VQ Retro Mini, which has a similar shape to the Pure Evoke H3 and offers most of the same features, but is significantly cheaper.

One radio with a similar price tag is the Roberts Stream93i, which is a well-regarded FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with WiFi so you can listen to thousands of stations via the internet. Unlike the Evoke H3, the Stream93i doesn’t have Bluetooth by default, but you can buy it with a Bluetooth adapter.

If you don’t mind spending more to get better sound quality, you should consider the Ruark R1 MkIII, which is one of the best-sounding (and most expensive) digital radios available in the UK.

 

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