The Good The Pure Evoke Flow is a classic Wi-Fi radio done right, offering free Internet radio broadcasts, podcasts, local network streaming, and FM radio in an upscale, portable box with good sound quality.
The Bad The elegance of the touch-sensitive interface comes at the cost of usability. Remote and battery pack cost extra. Many popular music services, such as Pandora, Slacker, or Rhapsody, are not supported. The speaker is mono, and the terrestrial radio doesn't pick up AM broadcasts.
The Bottom Line The Pure Evoke Flow Wi-Fi radio offers superb construction and relatively full sound, but the music streaming options are stuck in the past.
Pure Evoke Flow radio (black)
In spite of all the ways we have to listen to music today, there's still nothing quite as comforting as switching on a radio and tuning in your favorite station. As an updated take on the classic portable radio, the Pure Evoke Flow ($229) expands beyond your local FM broadcasts, offering over 15,000 free Internet radio stations ranging from standards such as BBC and ESPN, to niche independents.
If your interest in radio is primarily about hearing great music, products such as the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, or even the , offer a selection of streaming music services that the Evoke, unfortunately, can't match. But if your tastes span beyond music, into news, talk radio, and sports, the Evoke Flow offers a streamlined and well-built solution for hearing the world's online broadcasts.