- Decent sound
- Great Value
- Doesn't match Evoke Flow on looks
- Review Price: £86.99
- FM/DAB and Internet Radio
- 3.5mm auxiliary input
- Soft-touch finish
- Headphone jack
- Optional battery pack
Pure is the king of DAB in the UK, and its first internet radio, the Evoke Flow, was one of just a handful of devices to win a TrustedReviews 10 out of 10 at review. Now it has a brother, the One Flow, which packs DAB and FM tuners as well as internet radio.
Put them next to each other, though, and it’s pretty clear that the One Flow is the ugly duckling of the pair. This is the core idea behind the dual Evoke and Flow streams of Pure’s radio line-up. Evoke gives you class and sophistication while One is for buyers who would rather save a few quid than have a posh-looking set. The Evoke Flow’s RRP is £149.99, and the One Flow comes in at just £99.99. Perhaps more important than its price competition with the Evoke, it also undercuts the Roberts 105 and Squeezebox Radio – two key connected rivals.
It’s a device of function over form, but offers a couple of aesthetic tweaks to detract from the otherwise utilitarian feel. The finish is matt black and has a soft touch feel. It’s a cut above most uses of plain glossy black plastic, looking and feeling more upmarket. The Select and Volume dials are textured with concentric circles, again adding that smidge of class. Still, if aesthetics are a concern, you really should be checking out the Evoke range, not the One. This radio feels solid in its own obviously plastic-derived fashion, but the Evoke feels premium.
The right edge is where the devices connections live. There’s a miniUSB to apply software updates, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.5mm auxiliary input. The One Flow lacks an Ethernet port, but as Wi-Fi is built-in, we imagine only a tiny proportion of buyers – those obsessed with the efficacy of cables – would want one.
On the back is a battery cover. Buy an E1 ChargePAK (sells for £30-35) and you can use the One Flow out and about for around 20 hours. This is where the additional DAB and FM tuners will really come in handy – there aren’t too many Wi-Fi hotspots out in the countryside.
Up top is a telescopic aerial, around 80cm long when fully extended, which will pick up reception in all but the worst signal areas. You can’t play MP3s and other audio files directly from the One Flow, though, so for those times when all signal fails, you’ll need to invest in a jack cable in order to make use of that Aux input. There is provision for playing your music collection over Wi-Fi, but more on that later.
Switching between the tuners is all relayed through the very clear yellow-on-black OLED display, as all the nav buttons apart from Home, volume and Back are context-sensitive. This display can easily be set to switch off after a few seconds of idleness – a must-have feature if you’re on the hunt for a bedside set.