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This is a really nice radio. I use it in the garden during the summer months, and it keeps agreeably charged in the sunlight. But I keep the charger handy, and sometimes have to top up once in a while. The sound quality is excellent, and is very rich in the base, which I think is the reason why the battery cover vibrates when I have the volume any higher than modest-to-medium. A bit of a nuisance when I want to listen at higher volumes, such as when I am in the kitchen, and the radio must compete against the sounds of boiling kettle and microwave fan. When I press my thumb against the battery cover, the vibrating ceases, so I am looking out for a very thin bit of foam, which if positioned tightly under the cover, will stop the buzzing noises.
UPDATE. I used a piece of folded tissue paper to jam between the batteries and the flap/door thing. This is only somewhat successful, but does reduce the buzzing and vibrations that otherwise would occur, but does not suppress them for loud volumes. This is sufficiently annoying for me to get another radio for when I want louder volumes. Not a Roberts, though.
My last Roberts radio, almost identical to look at but twice the size, lasted me a considerable number of years so it was no contest when I decided to treat myself to another. However I find reception, which is pretty important, poor compared with my old one. Radio Five, the station I mostly listen to, is particularly poor, the aerial having to be carefully positioned. Even then it can slip out of reception without having been touched. Disappointing.
I bought this for my wife as a present and yes, its ok but I would have sent it back if I had the choice. The tuner loses signal if its in the wrong position in the room, a bit like radio Luxembourg was in the 60's!!!! Good sound when Its working but even with the solar cell the battery life is dismal. A full afternoon in strong sun gives a couple of hours play at best, and an overnight charge only gives about 4-5 hours. This appetite for power doesn't seem to be limited to this particular model, my pure digital radio isn't much better but is on mains most of the time anyway. My old fashioned "traditional" FM radio lasts weeks on 3 AA batteries, so digital radios have a long way to go yet...
I thought I had checked everything before ordering this radio as I certainly don't like returning items unless faulty.
The radio arrived safely and tuned itself in to all the DAB stations as advertised. Sound is good, and clear. Even the hissy 5Live tuned in nicely. Loved the options for using rechargeable batteries, usual alkaline or mains power.. I had even asked the question whether there was a clock and received 5 or 6 responses saying there wasn't one. There is.
However, my bug bear was the single - yes! just one! - pre-set button to save a favourite station. That means that every time a change of station is required, one has to play with the pesky dial. Now, this is completely beyond the pale for me and while I only listen to around 3-4 stations, it is often at night - particularly if I can't sleep. I thought the idea of fiddling around with a tune-in dial was over. A great shame as I would have kept this, but retuning a dial to find favourite stations really is non-negotiable - particularly at this price.
The radio package arrived via Amazon and once opened found that there were no batteries included. The bag was there but no batteries inside! I bought this radio because it included rechargeable betteries. Not sure where the misplaced batteries are!
We've had two of these. The recharging functionality has worked well, and the sound quality is good. We've had two units break on us and need returning for no apparent reason, but from reading other reviews I think this is unusual.
Sound good for music but a bit bassy for voice; needs strong direct sun light for the solar panel to work. Occasionally loses the presets. OK but TBH there are better eco options (just use a normal battery charger)..
Not as good as other radios we have had from Roberts. It had to go back to be repaired at nine months old. Also it gave the impression that it was solar powered, but we were never able to get it to this. Also the batteries did not hold powere for very long, so no we were not please with is