OXX Digital Breeze digital radio
A small and portable entry-level digital (DAB+) radio
- Can tune Digital and FM stations
- Can run on AA batteries
- Poor buttons
- Weak speaker
The OXX Digital Breeze is a simple radio that can tune in to either digital or FM broadcasts. It's also a portable unit that can run on four AA batteries. Basically, it's a decent entry-level digital radio for the kitchen or any other environment where you want some background music (or talkback shenanigans) to help you get through your work.
Price$ 79.95 (AUD)
The OXX Digital Breeze is a small and portable digital radio that can also tune in to FM stations. It's an inexpensive unit compared to most digital radios out there and its quality is commensurate to what you pay for it, but it's nevertheless a fine radio for the kitchen or workshop.
The Breeze has a basic design with a little curving, a pull-out antenna and a range of buttons at the top. Its buttons don't feel crisp or responsive when pressed, and you have to press them quite forcefully, but if you have a favourite station that you always listen to no matter what, the chances are that you'll rarely need to press them anyway. On the front you'll find a two-line LCD screen, which provides information about the station you are listening to in a sometimes very slow scrolling fashion.
The front also has the single speaker, which isn't very loud and which doesn't supply great audio quality. It sounds very flat and quite similar to what an old 'mono' radio from years gone by would sound like, which is funny considering the digital technology inside the case. That said, if you just want a radio that will be on in the background while you work, especially if you listen to talkback, then it will be perfect.
You can even use the Breeze while outdoors — perhaps while doing a spot of gardening; all you'll need is a supply of four AA batteries. These batteries will need changing every few days depending on how long you run the radio (you'll get around 10 hours out of them).
Setting up the Breeze isn't hard. It scans channels in only a few seconds the first time you switch it on, after which you are ready to listen to your favourite station (our was definitely Mix 80s). However, station changes are very slow and it can take a long time to sample all the stations to find something you want to listen to — it doesn't help that there are so many stations these days either.
You can place your most commonly listened to stations in presets; up to 20 presets are supported, 10 for digital stations and 10 for FM. To add the station you are currently listening to as a preset, all you have to do is press the 'Presets' button for a couple of seconds until it flashes, use the up and down arrows to select a slot for it and then press the 'Enter' button. You can then access presets by pressing the 'Presets' button and using the up and down arrows to find the station you want.
There's not much more to this radio. It may not supply great sound quality through its single, 1W speaker, but you can always plug in headphones, through which the Breeze can sound great. We like the portability of the unit thanks to its willingness to run on AA batteries and think it's a fine, relatively low-cost choice for anyone who wants a digital radio for the kitchen, office or workshop. Because the radio supports the DAB and DAB+ standards and runs on batteries, it could also potentially be a good travel companion while visiting Europe and the UK.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 2 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 3 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 4 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users
- Google eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app
- Up next for Apple TV: 4K streaming reportedly in the works
- Apple’s original TV shows are almost ready for prime time
- Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV efforts
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerQLD
- TPBusiness Intelligence Test ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Marketing Manager | Global Technology CompanyNSW
- FTField Engineer - Hardware DeploymentsNSW
- FTSenior SharePoint Administrator. Location -ACTACT
- FTPHP DeveloperNSW
- FTInfrastructure Engineer - End User ComputingNSW
- FTDigital Solution ArchitectNSW
- FTSenior DBANSW
- FTSplunk Software Developer | 6mth ContractVIC
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCData AnalystNSW
- FTSupport Engineer Level 3QLD
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTChange ManagerQLD
- FTNetwork EngineerQLD
- FTAgile CoachNSW
- CCICT Security Systems AdministratorNSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTIT Security ConsultantNSW
- FTSenior UX/UI DesignerNSW
- FTScrum MasterNSW
- FTTechnical WriterNSW