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First Look: Pure Evoke Flow

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First Look: Pure Evoke Flow

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The Evoke Flow combines an elegant user interface, retro design, and great sound into a solid, portable Internet radio.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hey, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com, and today we're taking a First Look at an Internet radio from Pure called the Evoke Flow. It runs around $229.00, and it's due to hit store shelves on July 1. I can't quite tell if the design is going for a retro radio look or more of a futuristic lunchbox, but either way, it's pretty cool, and the construction quality is very solid. On the front, you have this three-inch speaker covered with a metallic grill, then there's a three-inch OLED screen with three touch-sensitive buttons underneath, along with a back arrow. But my favorite part of the design are these two old-school looking knobs on the front for controlling volume and tuning or scrolling. A push on the volume knob acts as a mute switch, and the scroll knob can also be pushed to make many selections. There's also a power button down here near the bottom, and a metal handle up top that acts as a touch-sensitive snooze button for the integrated alarm clock. The main menu offers four options: an Internet radio library called "the lounge," streaming over a local network, FM radio tuner, and aux input. Using the Internet radio, you can browse stations by region, genre, language, or stream quality, and save stations as favorites. If you'd rather not sift through the thousands of stations using the device, you can also Pure's The Lounge.com website to discover and manage your favorite stations. On the back of the radio, you have an FM antenna, power adaptor socket, aux input, stereo output, headphone output, aux speaker out, and a USB port, but what makes this radio really unique is the optional battery pack compartment. You have to use Pure's rechargeable pack, which carries a steep MRSP of $59.00, but if you can get a good price, we think the added mobility is worth it, especially considering how portable the design is. Off the battery, you can expect around 15 hours of playback time. So that's the Pure Evoke Flow, a thoroughly thought out Internet radio, with an option for portability that distinguishes it from many rivals. We like the sound quality and love the design but just hope that the price comes down a bit when this hits retail. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:02:11 [ Music ]

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