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Pure Siesta Mi - Pure Siesta Mi

By Edward Chester



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Both FM and DAB can be received by the Siesta Mi and you can store up to 8 presets for each. There aren't, however, any dedicated preset buttons, just one button for cycling through the list of eight. You must also switch between DAB and FM before being able to bring up the presets for each type.

Two alarms are available with dedicated buttons for each. Tap the button once and you can adjust settings for that alarm, tap it again and it turns the alarm on.

Menu settings are limited to just display, autotune, clock, and language options. Within display you can decide whether you want radio text, the clock, or station information to be shown while listening. Autotune and clock are fairly self explanatory and throw up no peculiarities, while there are achoice of four languages; English, French, German and Italian.

The final feature is a Sleep mode that uses a single button that progressively increments the sleep period from 15mins through 30, 45, 60, and 90 each time you press the button.

All in all, then, it's a fairly basic bedside clock that, by dint of having a limited number of functions and through some good logical thinking on Pure's part, is easy to use.

Sadly like most such cheap radios, sound quality is not spectacular. There's enough volume to wake most people and there's enough clarity for a snoozy sing along, if that's the sort of thing you like to do in the morning. However, for radio listening proper we'd recommend opting for a larger more powerful model.


The Pure Siesta Mi doesn't exactly set our hearts alight. For such a dull-looking plastic bedside DAB radio, it seems just a tad overpriced. That said, it gets the job done of waking you up in the morning and is very easy to use, which is far from a given at this end or even the high-end of the market. So if a low price and ease of use are your primary concerns it won't let you down.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Usability 8
  • Features 7
  • Design 6

Martin Daler

September 26, 2010, 3:23 pm

well done for evaluating this radio from the perspective of a sleepy user, head on pillow, in a darkened room. So the comments on being able to find the controls by touch, the problems reading the display from a lower angle, all spot on.

You mention sleep and alarm functions, but is it possible to set different volumes for each? How about different stations for each?

dan pugh

September 27, 2010, 12:55 am

I went with the Roberts glowtime, perfect alarm radio


September 27, 2010, 1:25 pm

@Martin Daler: I don't believe you can set different volumes for the alarm and sleep functions. You can, however, choose different stations or a beep.

Martin Daler

September 28, 2010, 11:50 pm

Thanks Ed. I don't know why it still surprises me that the guy/gals who design these things imagine that the volume which lulls you to sleep would be a good choice for waking you up?

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