Bush Walker BPR07DAB review: Bush Walker BPR07DAB

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Typical Price: $129.00
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Very portable. Very simple to use.

The Bad Works poorly indoors. Requires headphones. Display is a bit dim.

The Bottom Line We can't fault the Bush Walker's simplicity or portability, but it's still a DAB+ radio that is only of interest to those who spend a lot of time outdoors.

8.0 Overall

Design

Bush's latest portable DAB+ radio isn't just called the Bush Walker because it's a funny product name.

Well, OK, we're pretty sure that the slightly amusing nature of the name has a pretty big part to play in why this particular radio is so defined. But it's also because it's an incredibly small and light DAB+. We've seen portable pedometers larger than the Bush Walker. Bush's release notes describe it as "not much bigger than a matchbox" and it's accurate enough, with a central set of squishy directional buttons sitting below a simple backlit LCD display. The rear of the Bush Walker is large enough for the two AAA batteries that power the unit, and not a whole lot else besides.

Features

As DAB+ radios go, the Bush Walker is understandably on the simple side. It allows for four quick preset stations, along with scrolling through a list to select all other stations, can display RDS information (where it's broadcast) and can quickly mute the incoming radio.

The one thing you don't get in the main radio body is an antenna. That might seem like a rather vital omission for a radio of any type, but the Bush Walker uses a trick beloved by many mobile phones with in-built radio functions. The headphones that you plug into the unit act as the antenna. A pair of painfully ordinary bud headphones with adjustable tips are provided in the box.

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