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Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 - Display, In Use and Sound Quality

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Display and Usability

Keen on clarity, the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 uses a relatively large one-line backlit LED display. It's yellowy-green in colour, and will display text from DAB radio stations as well as the time. This is one element Pure claims to have improved since the first-gen model.

We found the display very clear in all conditions, and it cleverly auto-calibrates the backlight to suit the environment. In a bright room, it'll brighten-up. Switch off the lights and it'll dim right down - and there appear to be three or four gradations of brightness.

Pure Siesta 1

There's seemingly no way to manually control this dimming, which is a shame, and the backlight is ever-so-slightly visible at the dimmest setting. Only those extremely sensitive to light sources when trying to sleep need worry, though.

Pure Siesta

We found the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 easy to live with, and its alarm system flawlessly reliable. You can set how long you want your snooze period to last for, and while it's not quite as responsive as a touch-sensitive alarm clock like the Pure Twilight, the snooze button is big and sensibly-placed for early-morning whacking.

The one niggle about the way the alarm works is that when using radio to wake up, the station enters with a "pop" noise that may spoil the more relaxing wake-up of radio for very light sleepers. Powering the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 sound is a single 2in driver backed by a not-quite-whopping 1W RMS of sound.

Sound quality

As is the Pure way, the volume of the Siesta has been carefully limited to make sure the radio doesn't turn into a distorted mess when maxed-out. However, sound quality isn't great and it doesn't go tremendously loud either. The Siesta Mi sounds small and boxed-in, with very little bass presence and limited detail. In short, it sounds like what it is - a bedside radio. If you want a box to double-up as a bedroom or kitchen radio rather than just something to wake up to, you'd be much better off with one of Pure's larger radios.

Pure Siesta 3

Given the so-so sound performance, the Siesta may also look a little expensive next to some other bedside radios, which you can buy for under a tenner. However, let's not forget that the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 is a fundamentally rare thing. Hardly any bedside radios that use a traditional alarm clock design have a DAB tuner. These tuners are more expensive and more power-hungry, and hence aren't the best fit for a dinky, cheap alarm clock.

The most obvious non-Pure rival is the Roberts Dreamtime, but that radio has an uglier design, is more expensive and less powerful with 0.5W to play with. While that doesn't necessarily mean it won't sound better, the £15 price difference alone is almost enough to rule it out. However, if you can afford the extra space and cash, we'd advise considering a Pure Tempus 1S. It looks and sounds a lot better, and is still a cracking way to wake up thanks to its touch sensitive snooze handle.


A very minor update of the first Siesta Mi model, the Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 is an affordable and likeable DAB alarm clock radio. It looks a little cheap, feels a little cheap and sounds a little cheap, but if you only need to wake up to it, and will do the lion's share of your radio listening elsewhere, it's a sound buy. Small bedside radios with DAB tuners don't grow on trees, and we're happy to pluck this one off the shelf.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Sound Quality 5
  • Value 7


January 25, 2013, 9:15 pm

I found that the display was too dim, with insufficient contrast to see the time from across the room. Also the zero digits on the time display have lines through them. This makes sense to differentiate Number 0 from letter o for radio stations, but makes it difficult to tell 8s from 0s in the time display. As the review says, the brightness is not adjustable in the menu, probably because the dispay's basic contrast is not particularly good. For the technically competent, the modification of soldering a 680 ohm resistor across the light sensor photodiode makes the display back light work at full brightness at all times. Much Better! I found the menus pretty easy to navigate without reference to the instructions, which is always a good sign. The sound is pretty good too considering the plastic housing.


September 19, 2013, 4:25 pm

I have the same problem as Andrew does the display is not bright enough and so small you cant read it if you have the clock at the end of your bed. I was very disapointed with this clock after paying alot of money for it. The other functions on it are easy to use and work well but its just the poor display and size of the display that lets this down. I had to go out and buy a new alarm clock in the end as i just couldnt cope with this one.

For those wondering my eye sight is pretty good i dont wear glasses or nothing and still struggled to see the display from maybe 2 meters away.


November 6, 2013, 10:20 am

Horses for courses: the great thing about this DAB is the very dim display. It is bright enough during day and gets right down to VERY dim at night. This is actually perfect for those of us who don't like digital displays that can be bright enough to read by! Few displays dim right down in darkness. And it is a bedside radio (clue in the name) - designed to be visible from the bedside, not the other side of a room.


February 8, 2014, 5:43 pm

I have this Pure Siesta Mi Series 2 & the display is bright & very clear love the Auto-dimming LCD display & Automatic clock updates


April 13, 2015, 3:44 pm

Received this as a b'dY present, as i had been lloking for an alarm with preset radiostations, like any car has. This does have the preset stations, but, as the light dims in the dark, you cannot read anything it says without putting glasses on, or the lights. The manufacturer seems to think it's an assett, I wish i could change it!!!!


December 30, 2015, 6:30 pm

Got this after my Pure Mini's on/off switch stopped working. For a company that sells itself on great British design, you'd think they could manage the basics but unfortunately not. Both the Mini and my Oasis (£100) have terribly unreliable power switches (and the Oasis battery is an expensive joke, BTW). Sound quality is, however, worth the aggravation. BUT this little clock radio is TINNY. Not as ridiculously pricey as the other models, but horrible sound. Really disappointed with Pure on this count.

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