There are four alarms that you can set from any source, to be daily, weekly, just at the weekend, just on Sunday, just on Saturday or just once. One of those sources includes the aforementioned ‘Natural Sounds', so if you like the idea of being gently awoken by the sounds of tweeting birds, now's your chance. The Natural Sounds are, as the name would suggest, sounds of nature and you get, Waves, Bird Sounds, Thunderstorm, Forest Rain and White Noise. If it sounds gimmicky it is, but it can't be denied that it's still pretty cool. You can also set the snooze time to be between 5 and 59 minutes, (the latter presumably for students). Snoozing is particularly clever, you just touch the handle at the top - which is neat.
The radio has a couple of nifty features, one of which is called Intellitext. This stores the text information broadcast by many radio stations, containing news or other information, and lets you browse them at your leisure. This can be set to be held for either a day or up to a week. While I thought this might not work so well on the smaller screen it actually works quite nicely. Textscan meanwhile, lets you scroll manually through the text information that's being broadcast live, as opposed to having to wait for it to scroll slowly across the screen - handy for taking down phone numbers or the name of the track playing - though this is really to make up for the fact that unlike the Evoke-3 the Tempus-1 S can't fit all the information on its small screen at the same time.
Round the back you'll find an auxiliary input for connecting other sources, such as an iPod. I tried this out and was disappointed to find that the volume level was low even with the iPod and the radio on full volume. Alongside the Aux-in, is a line-out Stereo output for connection to external stereos and the connector for the extra speaker. There's a USB port for hooking up to a PC for firmware updates, which echoes the old style meets new technology in this radio.
Those looking to extend their green credentials will like the fact that this radio is an ‘EcoPlus' product, which according to Pure's literature means that its designed with the environment in mind, and so is "made from recycled and sustainable sources", has, "Optimum packaging size for transport efficiency", and contains a, "selection of components with minimised environmental impact". Pure also claims that in standby and active mode it uses much less power than rival radios. Being green is very much a saleable point to make these days, but it would be churlish to be too cynical about such moves.
The Tempus-1 S then is great looking, easy to use and great sounding radio- and a green one to boot. Even over the single speaker the sound was smooth and detailed and really made the best of DABs compressed sound. Certainly there are cheaper options that would do a good job but if you're willing to part with £90 for a radio, you won't find a finer example than this one.