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PURE Digital One Elite review: PURE Digital One Elite

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The Good Relatively low price; good feature set; very useful ReVu technology; good battery life; good sound quality with the spoken word; line-in socket for connecting to an MP3 player.

The Bad Average sound quality when playing music.

The Bottom Line The PURE Digital One Elite is an affordable stereo DAB radio with a heap of useful features, including live-radio pausing and rewinding. At this price we can't help but think it's just lovely

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As long as there's Chris Moyles, there will always be a BBC Radio 1, and, for that reason, there will always be a PURE Digital radio. A recent offering from the British manufacturer's production line is the One Elite -- the 'radio for everyone'.

This DAB radio, available for around £70, is by no means going to rip out your wallet and beat it to a bloody pulp, but it seems to offer a solid feature set. Has it a place in your kitchen? Let's break it down.

Design
Unlike the majority of PURE's radios, the One Elite -- available in black, white or cream -- has a soft, rubbery finish that surrounds the entire enclosure. An array of silver buttons provides a pleasant contrast, and all sit between the two stereo speakers on the front.

Above them is a three-line LCD display, backlit with a gentle blue. We're not as fond of this screen as we are of the terrific LCD on PURE's gorgeous Tempus-1S, but it does its job well enough.

The radio's got a solid build, and feels more rugged than we'd expect a household set-up to feel. Unlike other PURE models, it seems more suited to conservatories, kitchens and even the garden than the bedroom -- but that's just our opinion, of course.

Features
The One Elite features PURE's ReVu technology -- a one-touch button lets you pause, rewind and fast-forward live radio. It's ideal if you're enjoying a broadcast, but need a bathroom break. Hit ReVu, visit the john, come back, hit ReVu again, and the broadcast continues where it left off. Smashing.

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The One Elite also comes in cream and white versions

If you'd rather take the radio into the bathroom with you, you can power it with six size-C batteries or a PURE ChargePAK. Six C batteries will give you about 70 hours of portable radio time.

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