Pure Pop Maxi Radio Review

Summary:
The Pure Pop Maxi has an impressive list of features but there are better-sounding radios available for the same price or less.

Buy it online:
£79.97 on Amazon.co.uk

As the name suggests, the Pop Maxi is the biggest radio in Pure’s ‘Pop’ lineup of digital radios. The Pop range of radios intends to pack a lot of features into a small amount of space. The Pop Maxi has FM/DAB radio as well as Bluetooth, an alarm clock and stereo speakers packed into a portable radio that is less than 20cm wide.

Find out about more about what this radio can do and how it performs in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 2 x 4.3W speakers giving 8.6W of stereo sound
  • Headphone jack
  • Kitchen and sleep timers
  • Dual alarm clock with a choice of using the radio or an alarm sound
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Powered by mains, 4 x AA batteries or the ChargePAK D1 battery pack
  • Aux-in

Dimensions: 18.5 cm wide x 17.3 cm high x 10.2 cm deep
Weight: 1.6 kg

Performance and use

Despite being named the ‘Maxi’, this radio doesn’t take up much space at all. Its footprint is only 18.5 x 10.2 cm, so it should fit easily on a kitchen countertop, bedside table or bookshelf. The display is clear but quite small, so it’s not very easy to read from a distance.

The Pop Maxi has quite disappointing sound quality for the price. It offers plenty of volume, but sounds quite muffled. Also, you don’t get much sense of stereo separation because the radio’s two speakers are right next to each other.

Pros

  • Sold with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Choice of battery types (AA batteries or bespoke Pure battery pack)
  • Battery backup to keep the alarm and clock accurate if there’s a power cut
  • Good DAB radio reception
  • Goes quite loud
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Sound quality could be better for the price
  • No noticeable stereo separation

Verdict

It seems like Pure have compromised a bit on the sound quality in order to fit so many features into this compact radio. While the Pure Pop Maxi has an impressive list of features, there are better-sounding radios available for the same price or less.

Similar radios

One similarly priced radio with better sound quality is the Ted Baker London Finisterre, which is an FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with Bluetooth and an excellent-sounding speaker.

A more affordable DAB radio with Bluetooth is the VQ Retro Mini which has a very small footprint and comes in a large choice of designs.

You could also consider the other radios in the Pure Pop range: the Pure Pop Midi and the Pure Pop Mini.

For some more options, see this article: Best DAB Radios With Bluetooth.

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