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Pure One Mini Series II review

Andrew Williams

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Pure One Mini Series II
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  • Pure One Mini Series II

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Low price
  • Lovely soft touch finish
  • Petite form factor
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • Fab battery pack an extra
  • Small radio, smallish sound

Key Features

  • 2-line monochrome display
  • 16 presets
  • DAB/FM tuner
  • Optional battery
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input
  • Manufacturer: Pure
  • Review Price: £49.99

The One Mini isn't Pure's tiddliest DAB radio - it had pocket offerings like the Move and Move 2500 after all - but it is the smallest one designed to double-up as a lounge or kitchen unit too. This second edition of the dinky DAB improves build quality and looks, while keeping the price at rock-bottom.

DAB radio has its problems - it's power-hungry, offers questionable sound quality in the UK and gives rubbish signal quality on-the-go - but none of them stop it from being perfect for small home radios. It's less fiddly, and generally cheaper, than internet radio and offers a wider selection of stations than FM. At £49.99, the Pure One Mini is one of the cheapest big-name routes to radio fulfilment.

In terms of pure shape, the Series II edition of the Pure One Mini looks just like the original. It's small, square-ish and not as intensively-styled as some of Pure's wood-bodied models like the Pure Evoke-3.

Pure One Mini 1

However, take a closer look and you'll see that this is a significant upgrade. Perhaps the most common complaint about the first One Mini was that it looked and felt cheap compared with Pure's other models. Its blend of a plastic high-gloss finish and bright chromed controls was a bit brash, a bit gaudy. This time, the design has been toned down and classed-up. Both the black and white models now have a matt soft touch finish, and the controls' chrome finish has been clouded to give that shine a more subdued look.

Pure One Mini 6

This maturing of the Mini range is a great, if subtle, success. Its body is gloriously smooth to the touch and no longer feels - or looks - particularly cheap. It's still not going to challenge the Evoke series on style, but if that's a big turn-off that's something you can tell just from a picture or two.

The Pure One Mini Series II only supplies the basics in terms of on-body connectivity, but this suits the device perfectly. Along the left edge there's a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm auxiliary input and a miniUSB socket. The latter is for software updates.

Pure One Mini 4

Around the back is a battery compartment that takes up perhaps a sixth of the device's volume. This may seem like a waste when it could be sacrificed to make the unit even trimmer, but the additional functionality is absolutely worthwhile. The Pure One Mini doesn't take standard batteries, instead requiring the B1 4200mAh battery pack.

Pure One Mini 5

This costs £25, is charged by the power adaptor, and lasts for up to 20 hours. With the battery factored-in, the Pure One Mini is still lighter than the Evoke 1-S. There's no carry handle, but the 130x135x60mm body (doesn't take into account the side control knob, but still…) is small enough to hold without one. This is a seriously portable DAB radio.

Brian ONeill

August 26, 2011, 9:27 pm

Hmmm or this other pure model is only £27:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/PURE-ONE-Palm-sized-Portable-Radio/dp/B003WOL50K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1314375873&sr=8-3

Personally i would go with a one of the docking stations that has dab.

JDunn

August 28, 2011, 11:43 pm

So, £75 for a basic one-speaker radio with just about usable battery life.

I've given up on DAB in disappointment. They cost more, the break down and they have no appreciably benefit beyond the extra channels (most of which are not worth it).

Welcome to the future of radio - it's called the £15 AM/FM radio. It works, the batteries last for months and the sound on FM is every bit as good. And with fair handling it'll last for decades.

lacse

March 8, 2014, 1:35 pm

While it tunes DAB + Stations it does not play and Pure so far have not made a software upgrade available to correct this. While they have done this for their more expensive models. At this stage I am sorry I bought my ONE mine

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October 5, 2016, 12:05 pm

So after all is the sound "pro" or "con"...?

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