Pure One Mi Series 2 Radio Review

The Pure One Mi Series 2 is a small and affordable FM/DAB radio that can be used either with mains power or an optional internal battery, which needs to be bought separately. It has a simple and somewhat dated design, but might be a good choice if you want something small and straightforward. Let’s take a closer look…

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Save up to 16 preset stations—8 on FM and 8 on DAB
  • Optional ChargePAK battery pack (costs extra), which makes the radio portable
  • USB port for software updates
  • LCD display with scrolling text showing station and track names and other information
  • 5 mm headphone jack

Dimensions: 15.5 cm wide x 10 cm high x 3.8 cm deep
Weight: 259 g

Sound quality

The Pure One Mi Series 2 is a small radio with a mono speaker, so it’s not surprising that the sound quality isn’t very impressive. It sounds quite tinny and hollow, though it should be good enough for casual listening.

Ease of use

The Mi Series 2 is quite a basic radio, and it’s generally easy to use. It might take you a while to get used to the menus, which seem overly complicated at first. One way in which Pure could have made it easier to use would have been to have dedicated buttons for preset stations rather requiring you to access them through a menu.

Design

This radio looks quite dated, and not in a cool retro way. It has a 1990s-stye design with a calculator-style LCD screen rather than the more attractive LED displays of similar radios like the Roberts Radio Play10.

Pros

  • Small, compact size
  • The battery pack (not included) has a very long life of up to 18 hours
  • The menus can be complicated to use at first
  • Low price (see on Amazon)

Cons

  • Battery pack isn’t included and is quite expensive (see on Amazon)
  • No alarm clock feature
  • Doesn’t go very loud

Verdict

The Pure One Mi Series 2 is a reliable and affordable small radio that would be good for the kitchen or listening to in the mornings. It’s quite basic and the sound quality is average, though you can’t expect too much for the price.

Similar radios

The two leading British radio brands at the moment are arguably Pure and Roberts, so it makes sense to consider the Roberts Play10 if you’re interested in the Pure One Mi Series 2. The Play10 has a similar price and is a similar size. In my opinion, it has a nicer design, though like the Mi Series 2 it lacks volume and there isn’t much depth to its sound.

If you’re willing to spend more for better sound, you should consider the Sony XDR-P1DBP. It’s a very small radio at just 11.5 cm wide, but it offers an impressive amount of volume and a crisp, clear sound.

For more cheap portable radios, check out this roundup of the best DAB radios for less than £30.

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