The Revu mode works well once activated, which is done by holding down the button. A counter at the top shows how far behind the live broadcast you are – though if it showed a minus symbol it would be even clearer. Alternatively, you press it just once to pause the broadcast. You hold left on the rocker to rewind, and right to forward up to the live broadcast. The problem is that it’s too easy to press the rocker, which cancels Revu mode.
The biggest flaw with the Revu mode however, is that it’s not on by default. It needs to be manually activated, which essentially removes its use as a spur-of-the-moment tool. If you’ve just missed something you won’t know to activate it until it’s too late. Having it on all the time might be a drain on the battery but if would be nice to have the option to have in on by default as there is with Sky +.
Finally there’s an optical out on the top, should you wish to output to an amp or an Minidisc player. The Pocket DAB 2000 is powered by three removable AA batteries and a set of rechargeable Ni-MH batteries and a wall charger are supplied. The battery life is rated at 10 hours for DAB and 20 for FM, which seemed about right.
There’s no doubting the ability and the potential sound quality of the Pocket DAB 2000. After using it for some time however, I was left with the feeling that while I was impressed with the abilities of Imagination Technologies as a chip designer, the product was firmly let down by the design and interface. When you bring home and unpack and iPod you’ll see the legend, ‘Designed by Apple in California’. With the Pocket DAB 2000 I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the words, ‘Designed by a Bloke Called Gerald in Sheffield’. Despite its wealth of features it’s just too large and cumbersome to enjoy. ‘Pocket’ DAB seems a bit optmistic. If you want DAB on the move, the MPIO PD100 has the advantage of size and can also record and play MP3. True, it doesn’t have Revu, but I see that as being most useful when you’re listening at home and the phone rings. And if your reception isn’t’ up to scratch, you’ll be hard pressed in some areas to record anything but digital noise.
Certainly a feature laden player, but getting the best out of it will very much depend on the on the quality of your DAB reception, which on the move, will be unpredictable at best.