Pure Sensia digital radio
The Pure Sensia is a digital radio with some impressive features. However, we found its interface frustrating.
- Excellent audio quality and cool features
- Complicated to set up, unintuitive controls
The Pure Sensia would have gotten a better star rating if it had been easier to use and not so complicated to set up
Price$ 749.00 (AUD)
What's shaped like an egg but isn't? What audio device has a touch-screen interface but isn't an iPod Touch? What overly complex digital radio/social-networking device made us want to facepalm at times? The Pure Sensia!
Priced at $749, the Pure Sensia DAB+ digital radio offers a variety of "cool" features like a 5.7in capacitive touch screen; digital, FM and Internet radio; and applications for Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, weather reports and more.
This feature-rich digital radio is definitely a sign of the times. Not only can you listen to radio, but you can also use its touch screen to send tweets and Facebook messages.
With so many functions and a convoluted set-up process, the Pure Sensia is certainly not the simplest radio to use; in fact, it's rather complicated. The first step is to get the Pure Sensia online by connecting to your wireless network. This was relatively easy: the radio found our network, we clicked on it, entered our password and were almost immediately online.
After getting online, you can access a multitude of podcasts and online radio stations via the "Lounge". The Lounge is a Pure service and it required us to fill out of forms and answer questions about customer service in the retail outlet the device was purchased from. All of this tediousness requires using a computer.
After activating the "Lounge" side of things, you can browse through a seemingly endless list of Internet radio stations — one of our favourites was the Russian 90's pop station. A frequent annoyance was when the Internet radio station would simply drop out and a ‘service unavailable’ message would pop up (even though our wireless connection was stable), so off to another station we went!
The unit has great audio; with 2.1 30 Watt speakers the Sensia can easily fill a large room with audio.
Picassa access is available straight away once you've set the radio up; after registering online with Picassa and uploading your photos, you can watch a slideshow of your on the 5.7in screen while listening to music. To stream images and your own music to the Sensia, you can use a Twonky Web-based interface to share files from your PC or notebook.
To be honest, Facebook, Twitter access, and the media streaming — it all just feels too complex and unnecessary. For example, when trying to set up the Facebook app we initially thought the radio was faulty. We did two factory resets and set the radio up twice, but it still wouldn’t allow us to activate Facebook. Then one glorious day we switched the damn thing back on and ta-da! A pop-up window on the Sensia screen prompted us to update the software (two days earlier it wouldn’t let us update it!).
So finally, after what seemed like an eternity, we were able to set up the Facebook application, which then required us to use an actual computer to visit Pure's Facebook page. Then we were given a registration code to punch into the radio (which we really wanted to punch!) via its unintuitive interface. After all of this seemingly endless registering of information, we were finally able to see people's updates and make our own updates. What should have felt like a triumph was marred by an overwhelming sense of exhaustion coupled with frustration (and maybe a little bit of hunger as we had to work through our lunchbreak).
The first and probably only Facebook update to be made via the Pure Sensia while it stays in the Test Centre
The Sensia's interface isn’t very intuitive and is incredibly frustrating to navigate. The touch screen is at times unresponsive and it’s easy to select something you didn’t want to. Unless you really want to check and update your Twitter and Facebook accounts from your digital radio, we'd suggest you just go for a plain Jane unit.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
- Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant
- Bose Introduces Tiny New Bluetooth Speaker
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- 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
- CCIseries Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- CCLead Pega Systems ArchitectVIC
- CCJanusgraph Consultant - Telco industryVIC
- FTFinancial Analyst- Construction backgroundOther
- FTProject ManagerOther
- FTWeb Developer / ProducerOther
- FTSenior Project Controls Officer / CoordinatorOther
- CCICT Project Manager - Port Macquarie NSWQLD
- FTNetwork ArchitectVIC
- FTNV1 Cleared Software Engineer - Defence Projects - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- CCPHP DeveloperNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- FTBusiness Analyst - Contract - $650 per dayOther
- CCTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - WealthOther
- CC.Net DeveloperWA
- TPBusiness Analyst ManagerNSW
- CCDevelopers ? Multiple opportunities (Brisbane)VIC
- FTDeployment TechnicianVIC
- FTTechnology Development ManagerQLD
- FTNetwork Engineer, Voice & DataOther
- FTAgile CoachOther
- FTSenior Java DeveloperOther
- FTProduct Support ManagerVIC