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The Pure Elan E3 is a small and affordable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with a colour screen. It’s one of Pure’s newest digital radios, having been released in 2016. It’s also one of their cheapest digital radios at the time of writing. The Elan E3 seems to promise a lot for the price, but does it deliver? Let’s find out…
- FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
- Screen with full-colour TFT display
- Dual alarm
- Sleep and kitchen timer
- Runs on mains power or 4 x AA batteries
- Save up to 40 preset stations
- RDS scrolling text information while listening to the radio
- 3.5 mm Aux input for connecting an MP3 player or other audio device
- Headphone jack
- Adjustable bass and treble controls
- Telescopic aerial
Dimensions: 20 cm wide x 11.5 cm high x 5.3 cm deep
Performance and use
Like most Pure radios, the Elan E3 seems to be made of quality materials, and it feels sturdy and well built. It’s a small radio that’s made from plastic, but it still has a decent amount of weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap and tacky.
The Elan E3 is simple to use. It has a nice rotary volume control that is more satisfying to use than having to press separate ‘up’ and ‘down’ buttons. Storing preset stations is also straightforward using the dedicated preset buttons, so you don’t need to scroll through a menu like you do on many other small DAB radios.
Given that the Elan E3 is a small mono radio, you can’t expect too much from the sound quality. The sound is clear and is good enough for casual listening, but there isn’t much depth to it. The radio is fine for listening to speech programmes but isn’t so good for listening to music.
The Elan E3 works well as a bedside radio thanks to its dual alarms and dimmable display that can be turned very low so it won’t disturb you at night.
- Good value for money
- Features a colour screen
- Easy to set up and use
- Good alarm functions
- Offered with a 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee
- Take AA batteries, which are cheaper than bespoke battery packs
- Short battery life (about 4 hours)
- Sound quality is mediocre
The Elan E3 is an affordable and easy-to-use radio from a respected British brand, and is one of the best DAB radios in its price range. While the sound quality is uninspiring, the Elan E3 is fine for casually listening to in the bedroom or kitchen, and offers several useful features. All in all, it’s a good choice for a budget DAB/DAB+ radio.
Pure produce a number of other affordable FM/DAB radios. One example is the Pure One Mini Series 3, which is a small digital radio that could be a good alternative to the Elan E3. One potential downside of the One Mini Series 2 is that instead of using it with AA batteries, you need to buy an expensive bespoke battery pack if you want to use it as a portable radio.
One alternative with better sound quality is the Sony XDRS60. It will probably cost you more than the Pure Elan E3, and it also lacks an alarm function, but if sound quality is important to you, it’s a good option.