- DAB tuner
- Affordable price
- Clear display
- Mediocre sound
- Feels a bit cheap
Review Price £34.99
The Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 is the DAB radio master's latest attempt at a bedside clock radio. It's small, it's extremely affordable at £35 and it provides DAB stations, where the majority of bedside radios make do with musty old FM.
Although it offers this extra key feature, the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 is designed to look just like any other bedside radio. It's sorta flat, with a slightly angled screen to make viewing it from the comfort of your bed - as it wrenches you from sleep - easy.
The Pure Siesta Mi is very light, it's made of matt black plastic - although a white model is also available - and while there are no parts that creak suspiciously or feel as though they're about to fall off, it does feel a little cheap. However, this is really what the Siesta Mi models are about. If you want something that feels swankier, you should check out the non-Mi Siesta model or the much-larger Pure Chronos units - which start at around £80.
All the controls for the radio are up top. They're grey plastic buttons and - like the box itself - while they don't look or feel fantastic, they do the job just fine.
Looking a bit closer at these buttons, Source switches between the DAB and FM tuners, the two alarm buttons give you easy access to the two different alarms, and Presets opens-up your favourite radio stations. The rest - Sleep, Snooze, Volume and Menu - are all pretty self-explanatory if you've used an alarm clock before.
The only non-obvious decision here is to give the alarms separate buttons, which will come in handy for those with partners on differing schedules. Alarms can be set off daily, just the once, at weekends or week days, and they can spark off an FM or DAB radio station, or the alarm tone. It's a generic beep that you'll never learn to love, but that's hardly the point.
Up above the buttons is the speaker grill, in-laid with little circular cut-outs. Underneath these is where the lone 2in full-range driver sits. It fires upward - the only possible orientation gives the squat design of the traditional bedside radio.
Unlike Pure's other radios, the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 has no audio output - no connections at all bar the unusual miniUSB power port. Although it is at first surprising to see miniUSB rather than a traditional round power socket, it makes the radio more versatile. It seemed to have no problems powering off the USB socket of a computer.
There's a little recess on its bottom to keep the cable from getting in the way, and the aerial also lives down here. It's a simple wire affair that you'll have to stick to the wall if you're in a poor signal area. Although not as effective as a good telescopic aerial, it lets the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 stay all the more unassuming.