Review: Pure Siesta Rise – Wake up with your favourite radio stations

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After the success of the Siesta radio series, it was only natural that Pure improved upon their popular radio series, and so they have announced the Siesta Rise, an aptly named radio to help you rise up every morning. The features are fairly similar to the Siesta, with improvements of course.

Highlights

  • 20 station presets
  • Up to 3 alarms, allowing you to wake up to your favourite radio station or tone
  • Kitchen Timer
  • Sleep timer
  • Clear display, easy to read. Perfect in all conditions
  • Auto dimming display
  • Built in speaker, or with headphones through the headphone out
  • USB Powerport (up to 1A)

Siesta vs Siesta Rise

The Siesta Rise offers the following differences from the Siesta model:

  • 20 presets instead of 16
  • USB output
  • Bigger display
  • Different Shape

Look and feel

The Pure Siesta Rise is quite different to look at compared to the old Siesta. It is more rectangular, or cube like if you may. The complete front forms the ultra clear screen, which shows you time in a big display, as well as other information.

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The top features all the buttons, while a fabric covers the speaker all around.

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The back features three ports:

  • Power Input, which is a micro USB port, so any (almost) phone charger capable of delivering 2A will do, though you can always plug the included power supply in.
  • A USB port, with a 1A output, to charge your phone overnight.
  • A Headphone out in case you prefer your music through headphones
  • A wire antenna, that is obviously needed for DAB/FM reception

The bottom features padded feet as well as 4 screws. We did not delve any further!

Setup

The setup is fairly simple:

  • Plug in
  • Press Power Button
  • Wait for Auto Tune to complete

Done!

Auto Dimming Display

The time is featured on an ultra clear display, which is auto dimming. This makes it ideal for the bedroom, as stray light is never welcome once the lights are out. The display dims in clear steps once the light turns off, to a very dim, but still legible level. Probably one of my favourite features. The display does the same when radio is playing as well. Of course, mix this with the sleep timer, and it even turns itself off for you! You have options of 15, 30 or 45 minutes.

Alarms and general setup

The general setup to set up alarms is fairly intuitive and easy. The instructions are clear, and once you have done it once, you probably don’t need to refer to it again.

The alarm works in a very gentle way, slowly getting louder, waking you up in the gentlest way possible.

Sound Quality

The sound on the DAB is more on the heavier bass side, which works great for most radio. It will not blow your mind away, but includes a gentle warmth about it, which should be pleasant when you wake up in the mornings. Of course, it serves well as a radio in most circumstances. As far as different genres go, while classical is not really its forte, it works great for rock/pop and bass heavy music, as well as spoken word.

The radio can be turned up fairly loud, which means it can work great in open spaces as well as office environments too.

More information

More information on the Siesta Rise can be found on the Pure website:

http://www.pure.com/digital-radio/siesta-rise

It is also available to buy from the website, and retails for £79.99. It is also available from other retailers such as John Lewis.

Verdict

I am a big fan of the little things, and this little radio delivers well on all the little, well thought out details. From the auto-dim display to the gentle radio sound, it ticks all the boxes to be my bedside radio.

Sami Mughalhttps://www.oxgadgets.com
Can be found somewhere between designing new tech as an electronics engineer or testing new tech as a technology enthusiast. Lives mostly on Twitter, and would love to have a word with you there as @smacula.

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