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The Cottenham is an inexpensive and compact digital radio from budget brand Majority. It has a stylish finish and comes in a choice of either grey or blue. How does this radio perform and is it worth buying? Find out in this review…
- FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
- Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB/DAB+)
- Bluetooth with up to a 10 meter range
- Dual alarm clock with snooze function
- Sleep timer
- Portable (takes 4 x D batteries)
- Headphone jack
- Telescopic aerial
Dimensions: 30 cm wide x 25 cm high x 8 cm deep
Performance and use
Like most DAB radios, the Majority Cottenham is quick and easy to set up. It automatically sets the correct time and finds the stations available in your area. It’s quite easy to set the alarms and save preset stations after reading the concise and easy-to-follow instructions manual (available online here).
The Cottenham can be powered by the mains or used as a portable radio with four 1.5V D batteries. Batteries aren’t included, and are an additional expense. It would be more convenient if the radio had a built-in rechargeable battery.
This radio has Bluetooth is good for listening to Spotify and internet radio. The range is about 10 metres, which should be enough for most people.
The Cottenham has decent sound quality for a radio of its size. However, the volume is limited and the sound quality will deteriorate if you turn it up high. It’s fine for listening to in the kitchen or the bedroom, but don’t expect a room-filling sound.
The biggest drawback with this radio is that it’s quite unreliable. You might be lucky and get a faultless model, but several buyers have had issues with the radio freezing or stopping working altogether. You should be able to get a refund if this happens, but buying this radio is still something of a gamble.
- Good value for money
- Compact design—good for a bedside table
- Generally good DAB reception
- Alarms and presets are easy to set
- Stylish design
- Decent sound quality
- Relatively unreliable—some buyers have found that their radio stopped working shortly after buying it
- Sometimes freezes and requires a factory reset
- Not rechargeable (takes batteries)
Overall the Majority Cottenham is a decent radio if you get a good model, but is a bit of a risk as several buyers have received faulty radios. It has a nice design, a good range of features including Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock and a low price tag. However, it’s probably worth looking for a more reliable radio.
There is a number of other budget Bluetooth DAB radios on the market. The AZATOM Horizon is a very affordable bedside radio with Bluetooth and an alarm clock, though it’s arguably less easy to use than the Cottenham. Another good budget option is the 1byone Portable DAB Radio, which has Bluetooth and a dual alarm.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, consider the AZATOM Multiplex. It has a great list of features including Bluetooth, a USB port for charging your phone and a rechargeable built-in battery.