Pure One Mini Series 3 Radio Review

The Pure Mini Series 3 is the smallest radio in Pure’s One range. It’s designed to provide plenty of volume despite its small size. Let’s see what it can do…

Features

  • FM, DAB and DAB+ radio
  • Save up to 16 preset stations (8 for FM and 8 for DAB/DAB+)
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • Aux-in port for connecting an MP3 player or other audio source
  • Optional rechargeable pack (ChargePAK B1)
  • 6W RMS speaker
  • Extendable aerial

Dimensions: 14.3 cm wide x 14 cm high x 7.8 cm deep
Weight: 962 g

Performance and use

As soon as you plug the radio in, it will auto-tune and find all the DAB stations available in your area. The radio offers decent sound quality, especially for speech programmes, though you can’t expect anything too impressive from a radio of its size and price. Setting preset stations is easy, and makes finding your favourite stations much easier.

This radio uses a mains adapter unless you purchase the optional ChargePAK battery. It’s a shame the battery pack isn’t included, as purchasing it separately costs around £20 (at the time of writing).

Pros

  • Full sound with a decent amount of bass given the radio’s small size
  • Carefully constructed and robust
  • Good battery life using the ChargePAK battery (not included)
  • Compact and smart design

Cons

  • Charging pack isn’t included
  • The radio station name is displayed in small text which can be hard to read. The text was larger on the earlier S2 radio.
  • No alarm (for a similar radio with an alarm, consider the Pure Pop Mini)

Verdict

This radio seems quite expensive for what it is, especially if you also buy the battery pack needed to make it portable. Compared to other Pure radios such as those in the Evoke range, the Mini Series 3 isn’t very attractive. It looks a more like a WiFi router than a radio, at least in our opinion.

If you don’t mind the design or lack of a battery, the Mini Series 3 is a reliable and relatively cheap DAB radio.

Similar radios

The Pure Pop Mini is a more attractive alternative to the Mini Series 3 that comes with the addition of an alarm clock and kitchen timer. It’s more expensive than the Mini Series 3, but it has a longer list of features and can be used with 4 AA batteries.

A cheaper radio with similar features is the Roberts Radio Play10. It’s smaller and lighter than the Mini Series 3, and can take 4 AA batteries, so it’s very portable. Like the Mini Series 3, it offers FM, DAB and DAB+ radio.

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