The ideal pocket radio should be at ease in FM (+fm stereo via the earphone plug), MW, be able to receive some stations in SW, shouldn't drain the batteries in no time and welcome additions would be an MP3 player, BT interface, solar panel, possibility to charge the internal batteries via an usb connector.
Not only is it very small (smaller than a cigarette pack), but it packs a lot of features.
FM Reception: 8/10. Very good reception, and FM is stereo via the earphone jack.
RDS Display: n/a
MW Reception: 8/10. Amazingly sensitive. Will receive many stations, even with the small ferrite antenna. You can switch between 9 and 10 khz.
LW Reception: n/a
SW Reception: 7/10. Will pull many stations, even with the small (25 cm ?) vertical antenna.
Air Band: yes, but not very sensitive, as the whole VHF band. It's more a gimmick than a useful feature. You can switch between 1 and 25 khz steps.
HF Amateur bands: yes, but does not include SSB mode.
VHF/UHF Amateur bands: VHF, yes (from 30 to 223 mhz). You can even switch from Wide to Narrow FM, but it's barrely usable.
CB Band: yes (cannot test this as CB band is not used anymore)
Rechargeable Battery: Use a rechargeable 700 mah battery. Space is foreseen for 2 x AAA batteries but you cannot use them given there are not contacts for them.
Speaker sound quality: 5/10. Given the speaker size, sound is pretty ok.
Ease of use: 8/10. Definitely very easy to use.
Preset memories: 8/10. Lots of space to store the stations, and accessing them is very easy as well. Well done !
MP3 Player: n/a
Aux input: n/a
Solar panel: n/a
Record on SD card: n/a
Extra features: n/a. Display the signal power. Includes a clock. Can receive the VHF 2 bands amateur bands (didn't test it yet).
My last thoughts:
I warmly recommend this radio, for those who :
- Want an extremely small radio to always have with you
- Want a very good FM & quite ok AM performer, and decent SW performer. Nice on holiday trips !
Things I don't like:
- Air band / VHF band is barely usable.
- No LW band
- Prone to overload
- Seems a little bit flimsy, more of a toy than something else