Pure Evoke Flow: It's ok, but not up to Pure's usual standards
16 August 2012
Summary: As a previous and very pleased owner of a Pure DAB radio, I decided to buy the Evoke Flow for the kitchen as I was attracted by the podcasts and BBC radio "listen again" features available on an internet radio. It's not a bad product, but to be honest I have been underwhelmed. The range of features is good, with access to DAB and literally thousands of internet radio stations as well as podcasts and listen again features.
Pros: Great range of internet radio services
Cons: Average sound quality, poor functionality, poor menu system
Summary: This radio which I use as an internet radio, was delivered defective. With assistance from Pure's repair dept., I rectified the problem. The 2nd problem is the limited output which requires listening at maximum volume most of the time. The 3rd problem, is that it often drops a station with the comment "Station not available" while the station is indeed available even with a 100% wifi signal.
Summary: As a straightforward, functional, slightly retro but still modern, radio, it works well. The sound is warm and clear. The piano black finish is modern but in a rich sophisticated, way. It plays DAB, FM, and Internet radio. I expected to be writing a great review. But after using it for a couple of months I have found myself a bit frustrated because of little details that just aren't right.
Summary: I don't find the interface at all intuitive, but I expect that would be OK if it was just me using it - I'd keep it on the settings I use most often. However putting it in the kitchen for others to use has been a disaster. The other people in my family play around with it and find all sorts of exciting things to listen to, but when I next come to turn it on I really struggle to get back to the radio station I want.
Summary: I write this review with a tinge of sadness because the radio looks and sounds great, but unfortunately it is let down by a known screen problem. In the two years that I have owned the radio I have had to send it back to PURE three times when the radio has become unusable due to the screen going permanently blank. Researching on the Internet it seems to be a common fault.
Summary: The Evoke Pure is a very pretty looking unit, however, after just a few weeks the display on my unit developed issues and started to flicker on and off. Also, and perhaps because the display was faulty, and text that scrolls across the display can be heard as a series of clicking sounds! As many other reviewers as also said, the interface is very, very far from intuitive. Pretty looking radio, but ultimately a poor purchase and very disappointing.
Summary: I've had my PURE Evoke Flow for 2 years now so it's possible what is being produced now has improved from what I've got, and/or the particular machine I got was a Friday afternoon job. But for what it's worth here are my experiences, in roughly decreasing order of poorness: 1) Very poor digital radio - I assumed at first the signal in my area, like mobile phone signals, was very poor. But I've since bought other digital radios (other PURE models!) and they work fine.
Summary: I have to agree with all the criticisms of this radio. But let's start with the good stuff: great sound. (That's it.) The bad stuff: lousy soft buttons; illogical and inconsistent menu flows; slow to switch stations; won't work with iTunes; and the back office (The Lounge) is one of the most shockingly bad interfaces I've seen, yet the people at Pure seem to have done nothing to improve it, despite several years of flak from thousands of users.
Summary: This radio has a lot of great features but you probably won't use them as the interface is slow and annoying. It can take 3 button presses just to turn it off and the wait between each is frustrating.
Summary: In keeping with the other reviews I have to confess that the usability of this device is poor at best. Its ability to play the DAB radio and Internet radio is perfectly acceptable however, the cost of this machine would suggest that the media streaming aspect is, rightly, it's main purpose. To that end this machine is a waste of time. It's user interface almost prevents effective selection of items of music, whether searching, scrolling by artist or track.