- Decent sound quality
- Easy to use
- Recording function is limited
- Not a massive upgrade over older model
Review Price £64.95
Pure's One series isn't what we first fell in love with Pure's radios for - it was the Evokes that stole our heart - but it has become a mainstay of bedrooms, lounges and kitchens across the UK. Cheaper than the Evoke and Mio ranges, it has won many fans. The Pure One Classic Series II is the company's affordable mid-size DAB unit that has now been updated with Pure's Listen Later recording function. Yet, it still sells for less than £70.
In these heady days of always-on connectivity, wireless streaming and more apps than there are pounds in our bank account, it's reassuring to see a radio like the Pure One Classic. It's a simple DAB/FM radio that uses buttons rather than a touchscreen, laughs in the face of iPod docking (accessory available though) and wouldn't have the first clue what to do with an internet radio station.
The new Pure One Classic is a fairly minor iteration on the previous model of the same name, with the same soft touch matt black finish, the same button arrangement and the same simple 2-line display. There are a few changes, though.
The finish on the buttons has been toned down from bright chrome to clouded silver - and the main control dial is now finished in ridged concentric circles. The ReVu function, used to pause radio, has been replaced with the Listen Later feature. Allowing full recording of programmes, it's slightly more ambitious than ReVu - more on it later.
Although the toning-down of the controls makes the new edition of the One Classic look a little more demure than its precursor, if you want a radio to look good in your kitchen or lounge, look to the Pure Evoke Mio or Evoke 1-S. Both sell for significantly more than the One Classic, but offer charming visages - this radio is utilitarian and drab in comparison. It's all a question of what you're after, though, and for many the £30 saving is well worth the aesthetic sacrifices.
It doesn't lose out on features compared to the basic Evoke models. It offers a 3.5mm auxiliary input, a miniUSB port for software updates, a headphone jack and a versatile battery compartment. It'll take either C-size batteries - six of the blighters - or a ChargePak, Pure's own lithium ion rechargeable unit. The C6L ChargePak that fits the One Classic sells for just over £30, and offers around 24 hours of DAB listening, and even more for FM. To be clear, though, no batteries are supplied with the radio as standard. An AC adaptor is though, naturally.
This is an exceedingly practical little radio, not quite as portable as the Pure One Mini but still small and light enough to chuck in a bag without bother, and blessed with an ergonomic finger recess on the back to make carrying it one-handed feel perfectly natural. Giving equal attention to function and form, the Pure One Classic isn't stunning to look at, but it out-classes the rival Roberts Gemini. It's no Roberts Revival or Evoke 1-S, mind.