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Pure Twilight - Lights, Performance and Verdict

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

As well as simply lighting up the room in pure white, the lamp can show all manner of colours as well. From gentle undulating themes like 'Ocean', where calming blues flitter back and forth with gentle greens, and Fire, which flickers between various shades or red, orange and yellow, to more esoteric and party-oriented fare such as 'Rainbow' and simply solid colours, there's plenty to choose from. Frankly, we didn't find ourselves using these much at all beyond flicking through them to test. We see them almost being more useful as mood lighting for a themed party, which is hardly what we'd call a priority for a bedside lamp.

A more pressing concern with the lamp, though, was that the purported dimming modes didn't seem to work. Supposedly, setting the Sleep mode will cause the lights to dim, gently lulling you to sleep while the reverse will happen in the morning prior to an alarm going off. With regards the Sleep mode, while the light did fade, it didn't seem entirely smooth and eventually turned off rather abruptly. The radio also failed to drop in volume and just stopped at the allotted time. Conversely, more often than not (some settings seemed to work while others not) the alarm mode seemed to turn the light onto full brightness and radio at high volume, shocking us from slumber rather than gently rousing us. Maybe we were more susceptible than other people but to our minds Pure didn't seem to have got this key factor quite right.

Thankfully, when it comes to audio, the Twilight delivers a more convincing performance. That size and weight we mentioned earlier comes through sonically with plenty of volume on tap and a surprisingly full sound. It's not up to the levels of a high quality bedside radio such as the Vita Audio R1 but it's definitely a stronger performer than Pure's more compact radios such as the Pure Evoke Flow or Evoke-1S Marshall.

This comes across most when listening to traditionally bass heavy music such as dance and rock. Here you get a bit more oomph than its aforementioned siblings can deliver, making this a radio you can more happily turn up and rock out to.

As ever, you're only going to get a certain level of audio quality when listening to DAB radio but we did find that listening closely revealed this radio to be a little less forgiving of poor quality signals than some rivals. FM sounded fine though. Incidentally, this is another example of the slightly peculiar control layout as there are no one-touch preset buttons for quickly recalling stations.

If you want to pipe your own music through the Twilight you can do so via the Aux input on the back. You can also charge any portable devices you may have via the USB socket or plug in headphones to listen without disturbing others. There's no provision for batteries though.

When it comes to pricing, the Twilight certainly looks like a premium device compared to your average bedside radio/clock but, considering Pure's pedigree, this unit's build quality and its extra features, £129 seems like a very reasonable price. In fact, we'd argue that Pure could do with producing an even more expensive version that fixes a few issues we have, like the aerial and lack of volume knob, ups the sound quality another notch, adds a remote and of course gets the light-dimming right. Then you'd have a real top-class all rounder.

Verdict

The Pure Twilight is an innovative product that combines almost all the features we'd want in a bedside radio/lamp. There's the decent sound quality, relative ease of use, high build quality, nice styling, DAB radio, and the powerful and versatile lamp. However, it doesn't quite get it spot on. There are a few silly mistakes, like the flimsy aerial and a slightly complicated control system, but most importantly the supposed gentle awakening system simply didn't seem to work all that well.

Overall Score

7

Martin Daler

March 9, 2011, 1:13 pm

The designers of these things just don't get it - touch controls simply don't work for a bedside radio. Who wants to open their eyes and focus on the screen when they are half asleep. Tactile controls, please.

KultiVator

March 9, 2011, 10:21 pm

@Martin - I'll second that!

maniacyak

March 9, 2011, 11:05 pm

I got one of these (ex-demo) from John Lewis just after Christmas, and I must say I like it a lot - it's replaced my bedside light AND lets me charge my phone overnight - gone from three sockets to one and takes up less space than my old alarm clock and light. I haven't had any problems with the light or volume not ramping properly, maybe it's just the unit you had for review?

I also really like the dedicated buttons for the alarms. By pushing them they cycle the alarms through "On" > "Off" > "Skip once", so if you need to be up earlier than usual one day you can just set your usual alarm to skip (without needing to turn it back on again) and click on another one for that day. It also lets you set alarms to go off only on weekdays, only at weekends, on specific days, or every day, which is really handy.

I wish it had a proper volume knob, and I don't really have any use for the mood lighting/sounds, but that's about all I dislike.

@Martin & KultiVator: You only need to use the touch controls when setting the alarm. When it goes off you can either snooze it by touching the glass or turn it off entirely by hitting the off button in the lower-right corner, which is fairly easy to find even when you're half-asleep.

KultiVator

March 10, 2011, 1:43 am

@maniacyak - thanks for the hands-on feedback. Reckon I could live with touching the glass to kill the alarm. Pure make nice gear - suspect the volume / light fading issues were just down to pre-release firmware slipping out on the review unit.

Martin Daler

March 10, 2011, 4:25 am

@KultiVator - believe what you see with Pure, not what you hope to see, not what they promise for the future.
@maniacyak - can you switch between presets without opening your eyes?

projexe

March 22, 2011, 3:00 am

Not a bad unit. I do have a problem with the sounds. I'd like to go to sleep listening to the waves lapping against the beach.. or the rain beating outside. Only the recordings are so short that they loop every 30 seconds or so and rather than being soothing they are intensely annoying as you start to recognise the nuances. Pure - if you are ever going to do a software upgrade of this unit, then please make the sound recordings loops of at least 20 minutes length otherwise they are not fit for purpose

Sharon Heywood

July 19, 2013, 2:57 pm

Can anyone tell me why the light comes on in the middle of the night and at random times in the day? Have I pressed something I shouldn't? The light comes on some nights, not every night and when I touch to switch it off it won't go off and I have to press the daylight button but then it comes on again, maybe 5 or 6 times before it actually stays off, by then I am wide awake. It also comes on at random times in the day. Is it faulty? Should I take it back? Only had it a few weeks. Is it me?

Debbie Edmunds

February 5, 2014, 1:37 pm

@ Sharon - I have just bought one and it's doing the same as yours. Did you solve the problem or send it back?

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