N Kemp "No matter how many believe in a dumb idea ... it is still a dumb idea.", Amazon
8 January 2014
Summary: When I first bought, I charged it and used it on a bike trip. It worked. And yes it is not at all easy or intuitive to use! When home I charged it and set it in the window to squeeze out a bit of a charge each day. When I went to use it again it was dead so I put it on the charger.
Summary: Yeah the interface is beyond bad, it seems to be intentionally obstinate. I have "learned" how to operate it three times now. Each time I come back to it after a couple of weeks away, I can't remember how to operate it.
Summary: I really like this product, as with previous reviews it should be noted that the instruction manual could have been better. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars, and they are 1. Better manual required. and 2. User interface is horrible.
Etón Raptor NSP200WXGR Solar USB Charger and Weatherband Radio (Green) (Electronics)
5 April 2012
Summary: Before I bought the Eton Raptor I read the all the reviews from the best to the very worst and my thought about the radio is- this one is almost as good as it gets. For the price and all of the bells and whistles that you get I couldn't be any happier.
Summary: I purchased this with high hopes and within two weeks, the antenna came off when extended. Amazon happily replaced the unit. However after a month of taking it in my pack everyday to work, outside on hikes, etc, I would have to say I am disapointed in the overall performance of the radio.
Summary: Not bad for the 1st generation version. Navigating the LCD functions is kind of a pain. Improvements would be: fully waterproof (and floatable), flexible antena, hand crank, & better instructions.
Summary: Like most will complain, the user interface is not very intuitive. You could not pick it up and figure it out easily, you would likely need the instruction manual to figure it out... After that point, it is rather easy to configure. The battery is nice and big, giving plenty of runtime.
Summary: This product arrived in fine condition. It has a rugged anodized rubber outside and it is splash-proof NOT water-proof (they do not claim it to be water-proof). Pros: -Great radio with great sound -Compass works accurately once set -Barometer is actually accurate, along with temperature.
Summary: When I first got this unit, I thought it didn't work at all. I couldn't get the radio to turn on, or get most of the unit to function properly. It wasn't the Raptor, it was the horrible instructions! I sat on the back porch playing with it and figured out how it was supposed to work.