Review Price £241.72
There are just four buttons on the Pure Sensia 200D Connect, and these only control power and volume. Everything else is handled with the touchscreen or the supplied remote control - and the touchscreen takes centre stage out of these two.
The display is of the same spec as the original Pure Sensia. It's 5.7-inches across, has a 640 x 360 pixel resolution and uses an unremarkable TN-type panel. This kind of screen's image tends to all-but disappear if you look at it from the wrong angle - an effect known as contrast shift. It is visible here, but the design all-but negates it as an issue.
You have to be looking at the screen from underneath the Sensia 200D Connect for contrast shift to kick in. And unless you really do have the strangest house in the street, you're simply not going to be doing that. The design of the radio angles the screen up, all-but enforcing that it's placed below your eyeline.
The Pure Sensia 200D Connect interface is a creation of Pure's own devising. Thanks to a much faster processor, it works a lot quicker than it did in the first Sensia, but it is not the prettiest or slickest around.
It's based around a persistent icon-based nav bar at the bottom that also displays the time, and a set of blue panels up top, which re-arrange depending on what's onscreen. Few of the transitions are animated and some of the graphical design within it feels a little idiosyncratic. It's not quite visually consistent enough, and is a little dated.
There is a slight learning curve to navigating it too, as some secondary nav buttons pop up at the top of the screen at times, confusing the process a bit. In the Pure Sensia 200D Connect's favour, the capacitive touchscreen is quite responsive.
The Pure Sensia 200D Connect uses a pair of 3-inch drivers that fire outwards from each side. They fire directly outwards too, clearly aiming at a wide, room-filling sound rather than one that's meant to create a proper stereo image for a particularly-positioned listener. These drivers are powered by a 30W class-D amp, a decent amount of power for a unit without a large subwoofer driver.
Sound quality is good, although is predictably bettered by other docks and speaker systems at the price that don't pack-in things like Wi-Fi, a large screen, and a stylish bod. It's fairly well-balanced, with a signature that's skewed towards the warm end of the scale without resulting in a muddy or boomy finish. It'll fill smaller rooms, but it's not quite the hi-fi replacer some of you may be looking for.
It's a decent performance for a device of its size, but when the superior-sounding Monitor Audio i-deck 200 is available at the same price, you need to think clearly about whether you value the additional features on offer here over sound quality.
An important but ultimately minor update to the original Sensia, the Pure Sensia 200D Connect makes a stylish accompaniment to just about any bedroom, lounge or kitchen. However, while the thing runs quick enough now thanks to an upgraded processor, the interface doesn't feel slick enough to relay all the content it has access to with anywhere near as much style as its exterior.
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