Goodmans GCR1930DAB review: Goodmans GCR1930DAB

Typical Price: £70.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars 1 user review

The Good Big clock display; looks like an egg; battery option to avoid reset during power cuts.

The Bad Poor sound quality; fiddly buttons; setting the clock is a pain.

The Bottom Line This may be the alam clock/radio you've been looking for, but don't expect it to do everything some of the bigger DAB units can

7.5 Overall

Goodmans has been at the forefront of integrating DAB into multi-purpose units, and with the GCR1930DAB it has produced a radio anchored to its basic purpose: replacing your old alarm clock. Just as importantly, at £70 the price won't give you nightmares.

Design
We try not to point out the obvious, but sometimes we can't avoid it: the GCR1930 looks like an egg. An egg laid by a robo-pterodactyl, but an egg nonetheless.

Measuring just 140 by 170 by 140mm, the GCR1930 is perfectly sized to nestle among everything else on the bedside table -- unlike other DAB radios such as BT's Aviator behemoth, which offers more of a 'me or a glass of water' proposition. The front is littered with buttons and screens, allowing almost every function to have its own control. Goodmans ran out of space before it ran out of functions, so some of the switches are around the sides.

Of the two screens, both of which are hidden behind a translucent green plastic face, the upper deals with the radio, while the lower, bigger display is reserved for time and alarm settings. The digits are big, and clearly visible from the other side of the room, thanks to the contrasty green-on-black LCD screen.

The speakers run down the back and a big snooze alarm sits at the top. Unlike most digital radios, the GCR1930 has a flexible T-aerial that can be tacked to a wall or tucked down behind a table.

Setup
One great feature of DAB is the ability of most sets to pick up the correct time from the radio signal. The GCR1930 doesn't have this feature, so we had to program the time ourselves. It's a surprising omission, especially given that this radio is primarily an alarm clock.

The time and alarm setup are identical and feel like a throwback to clock radios of old. You start by pressing the Fast button to cycle through the 24-hour clock. Once you've overshot the right time, you go back with the Slow button.

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