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It also does well on the usability front with chunky easy to use controls performing all the functions you would expect with ease. We do have a couple of small complaints, though. The lack of any backlighting on the controls could be problematic in dark conditions, which is a reasonably likely occurrence given this radio’s portable pretensions. The screen isn’t great, either. Viewing angles are rather poor and it reacts slowly making quick selection difficult.
In terms of features there’s very little to report really. It can tune to DAB and FM stations and the large display will scroll through programme information while you’re listening. Ten presets for each of the DAB and FM modes can be stored so you can quickly and easily access your favourite stations.
On the side is a headphone socket for private listening but there’s no line-in jack in case you fancy plugging in your MP3 player. In many ways we actually would prefer to see the latter feature than the headphone socket as the occasions I can recall plugging in my headphones to a desktop radio can be logged on the fingers of a no-armed man. Plugging in my MP3 player, on the other hand (pun intended), is something I do quite regularly – especially if Scott Mills is on at the time.
Rounding things up on the feature front, there’s the obligatory alarm function that includes sleep and snooze modes. Oh, and of course the Lite Radio has that essential addition for any kitchen radio, an egg timer.
Sound quality from this little device is surprisingly good with an impressively powerful level of bass and a clear top end that is fine for a bit of light listening, even at moderate volume. It’s certainly no better than other radios in its class but neither does it let itself down. Certainly if all you’re looking for is a decent kitchen radio that you can unplug and take down to the bottom of the garden or out on a picnic then you won’t be disappointed with the Daulit Lite Radio – especially if you’ve already got the matching toaster.
Unfortunately, the main problem with the Lite isn’t that it’s particularly poor, rather that the competition is too strong. For the same price as the Lite Radio, you can pick up something like Pure’s Evoke 1S, which is better built, nicer looking, and more feature rich. Admittedly you need to spend an extra £30 for the optional battery pack but you’re getting a much nicer device.
Dualit’s Lite Radio is simple to use, lightweight, and highly portable and it provides surprisingly impressive sound, making it the perfect partner to the rest of your Dualit equipped kitchen. If, however, you don’t care for matching your kitchen utensils, there are better alternatives out there.
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