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Released in May 2017, the Fulbourn is one of the newest clock radios from budget radio brand Majority. It offers both FM and DAB/DAB+ radio and has an impressive list of features for the price. But how does it perform? Find out in this review…
- FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
- Bluetooth and NFC
- Alarm clock
- Dimmable LCD screen
- Saves 20 presets (10 on FM and 10 on DAB/DAB+)
- 2 USB charging points
- Headphone jack and aux-in
- Sleep timer
Dimensions: 16.5 cm wide x 13.5 cm deep x 5 cm high
Weight: 399 g
Performance and use
The Majority Fulbourn doesn’t take much effort to set up—you basically just plug it in and let it automatically find the stations available in your area.
As a bedside radio, the Fulbourn works very well. It has an alarm clock that lets you choose to wake up to either an alarm sound or a radio station. It also has two USB charging points which will charge smartphones even when the radio is on standby. With a compact 16.5 x 13.5 cm footprint, this radio is ideal for a bedside table.
The Fulbourn is good for listening to before going to sleep as it has a sleep timer which you can program to switch the radio off after a time period from 15 to 90 minutes. There’s also a headphone jack so you can listen without disturbing other people. It’s easy to pair a device with the radio via Bluetooth, so you can listen to music or podcasts from your phone.
The LCD display can be adjusted to set to one of different brightness levels (low, medium and high). However, it doesn’t turn off completely, so it might disturb you at night if you’re very sensitive to light. Some buyers have also had an issue with the display not being aligned properly, so the full display couldn’t be read. However, this is quite rare, and you should be able to get a refund if you receive a faulty product.
The Majority Fulbourn’s sound quality isn’t mind-blowing, but you wouldn’t expect it to be from a cheap clock radio. It’s a little dull and lacking in treble, but overall it sounds quite good for a radio of its size and price. The DAB signal is also relatively strong.
- Good sound quality for the size and price
- Quick and straightforward to set up
- Good DAB signal
- Attractive design
- Bluetooth is easy to use
- Small and compact
- LCD display can’t be turned off completely
- Display sometimes isn’t aligned properly
- Lacks treble
If you’re looking for an affordable DAB clock radio with Bluetooth, the Majority Fulbourn is a great choice. It may not be perfect, but it offers excellent value for money. The compact size, sleep timer and two USB charging points make it very handy as a bedside radio.
Another popular clock radio from Majority is the Madingley Hall Bedside Radio. It’s slightly smaller than the Fulbourn but still features two USB charging points. The Madingley Hall doesn’t have Bluetooth, but it could be a good alternative to the Fulbourn if you’re looking for something very compact.
If you want something more high-end, you should consider the Pure Siesta Rise or the Roberts ORTUS1. Both of these radios look very classy, and have better sound quality than your average clock radio. However, they’re more expensive than the Majority Fulbourn or Madingley Hall.
For some more options, see our roundup of the best clock radios in the UK.