- Stylish design
- Compact and well made
- Feature packed
- Intuitive controls
- Plenty of volume
- Sluggish operation
- Muffled high-end to audio
- Disjointed bass
- Narrow sound
Pure has an enviable track record when it comes to producing easy to use, decent sounding DAB radios. With a pedigree that includes the elegant charms of the Tempus-1 S and the techno wizadry of the Evoke Flow, few companies have proved themselves more capable of bringing modern radio listening to the masses. However, dedicated DAB radios are not the be all and end all so the company has looked to branch out, with the latest addition to its lineup being the Contour, a large DAB and Internet radio with integrated iPod dock.
The Contour's shape is that of the now familiar squashed hemisphere, as sported by the Pure Twilight and the Meridian F80, amongst others. It's a style we rather like and Pure seems to have done a good job with this particular example. The matt, soft-touch back, cloth covered front and glossy strip running down the middle combine well to create a classy looking whole. The control cluster on the front, despite having yellow backlighting also keeps things looking neat and tidy.
Push said controls into the body of the radio and the whole lot slides out to reveal an iPod dock, compatible with the standard array of inserts for fitting the full range of Apple products. A selection of black inserts is included in the box, but they all appear to be for previous generation iPods and iPhones, so you'll need to shop around to find a way of holding your iPhone 4 (yes it is compatible) securely. You may not be too surprised to hear, though no less miffed, that it can't accommodate an iPad.
The slide mechanism does require a bit more force than we'd ideally want, and doesn't have the smoothest action going, but it seems fairly secure. A large oval of rubber on the underside of the radio keeps the whole device securely held, though as ever if it gets dusty you may find it relinquishes its grip, resulting in you having to keep one hand on the back of the radio as you push in the dock, or risk sliding the whole thing of your bedside cabinet.
On the subject of furniture, the Contour is quite large, with a footprint of 37 x 16.5cm and a height of 21cm, so it may not fit on some smaller bedside drawers/tables. Then again, precisely because of this, this should perhaps be considered a more universal round-the-house radio for use in the living room and such like.
Overall build quality seems decent with solid feeling plastics used throughout, and the whole unit has a reassuring weight to it (2.9Kg). However, it's certainly not perfect. The silver strip across the top, in particular, has a few dodgy edges, where you can see the seams from the mould the plastic was formed in. You're not going to notice at a distance but it's still a little disappointing when we have high expectations from Pure.