Review Price £37.25
Pure Siesta Mi
To our minds, Pure is a company better known for its larger, desktop DAB radios, but it does in fact cater for a wide range of radio needs from Hi-Fi size units to tiny portable ones. Today, though, we're looking at a classic small bedside DAB radio, the Siesta Mi.
The first thing you notice about the Siesta Mi is it's not built to the same standards as its larger brethren. Instead of the wooden and metal finish of the DAB Tempus-1 S or even the vinyl covered plywood of the Evoke-1S Marshall, the Siesta Mi is an all plastic affair more reminiscent of a proper bargain basement model costing £10 rather than the £40 it actually cost. That said, such cheap radios don't have DAB and even the cheapest DAB radio we could find was still £30 odd, so Pure is offering okay value here. Also, there's a simplicity and symmetry to the design that, combined with the black and silver colour scheme, means it's hardly going to clash with most décor.
Adding to the sense of cheapness, though, is the flimsy and short wire aerial that is only 75cm long. Given that DAB signal is generally more difficult to pick up than FM, such a small aerial could be problematic. Indeed, it really struggled to pick up a signal in our office. We do have quite poor signal here, but larger radios in our office with telescopic aerials performed noticeably better. Certainly if your current radios struggle, this one probably isn't the best option.
All this said, Pure's renown for creating easy to use devices is evident straight away. The button layout is sensible, with volume and snooze given appropriate prominence, and the size and shape of the buttons also means it's easy to tell what you're pressing in the dark, though of course backlit buttons would be even more useful here.
Also worthy of praise is the yellow on black LCD screen. For the most part it produces great contrast with little backlight bleed and is nice and sharp. It also has good horizontal viewing angles – moving left to right the display remains mostly readable. However, move past about 45 degrees in the vertical plane and it either goes completely black or completely yellow. All told, it is better than most budget radios in this regard, but it's still far from perfect.
On the underside is the power input, which is actually a miniUSB socket so if such a thing took your fancy you could plug the Siesta Mi into a computer to power it. For those of you that don't have a PC in your bedroom, though, a power adapter is included in the box.