The Pure One Elite Series II isn't a huge step up from its predecessor, the original Pure One Elite. It sports a very similar design and doesn't make the leap into the world of connected radio, sticking with DAB and FM. This limits the amount of content available to you, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Not having thousands of radio stations to sift through makes the Elite very easy and quick to use, and also means that the 2-line monochrome display doesn't feel too antiquated. It lets Pure give many of the radio's main functions their own physical buttons.
The only regular need you'll have for the menu system proper is to flick between radio stations - and as that involves simply turning the dial rather than laboriously typing-in names, as you sometimes have to on an internet connected radio, it's no hardship. To simplify things further, the Elite offers up to 25 preset stations for each tuner (DAB and FM).
As with the previous generation, you can use the small amount of internal memory the Elite has to pause live radio - for up to 15 minutes, perfect for making a cuppa or a visit to the toilet. The one new feature that this second-generation model brings is Listen Later. This lets you record one programme to come back to later, predictably enough.
There's no proper EPG-like function involved, though. You have to manually set the time, duration and station to record - distinctly retro. Only one recording can be held, so any subsequent recording will wipe off the previous one. What we found more restrictive was the recording limit. As there's just a small amount of internal memory available on the radio, any decent-quality station will fill it up within 45 minutes.
If you merely want to record The Archers every day (which we imagine being a common usage), the Elite Series II can do it, no problem. But it can't record a whole 3-hour DJ set, not nearly. Programming-in a recurring recording slot is easy enough, and you can set it to record daily or once every week, but this limit makes it pretty useless for recording on a music station where programmes tend to last two or three hours rather than a half-hour.
Few portable DAB radios offer a decent recording function, but it's not beasue of a technological development barrier - one of the best was the Pure Evoke-3, and that was released way back in 2008.
The Pure Evoke Elite Series II only falls down on these more advanced elements - it has the basics covered. And yes, there is of course an alarm feature.