Grundig Roam (GPR800DAB) handheld DAB+ digital radio
The Grundig Roam is a digital radio that's easy to use
- Easy to operate, built-in speaker
- Flimsy and clunky design, lacklustre earphones, no MP3 playback
The Grundig Roam is a portable DAB+ digital radio that is extremely simple to use but it is perhaps a bit on the pricey side for the features it offers.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
Buy now (Selling at 1 store)
- Portable DAB and DAB Digital Radio with FM Radi... 132.06
The Grundig Roam (GPR800DAB) is a handheld digital (DAB+) and FM radio that performs relatively well, but it could use some extra features.
The Grundig Roam doesn't look as sleek as other portable digital radios we've seen, such as the iRiver B30. It's finished entirely in plastic and it has a matte silver back and glossy black front. At a first glance, the Roam seems bulky for a portable digital radio. However, it only weighs 48 grams (including the supplied earphones), compared to the iRiver B30's 98.8 grams.
Similar to the Bush Walker DAB+ digital radio, the Roam has a dual-line LCD screen with the option of an adjustable backlight. The Roam has four large plastic buttons surrounding a central four-way joystick that is responsive, firm and easy to use. On the right side of the Roam, there is one button to control volume and on the top edge of the device there are power and lock buttons. We really liked the large buttons: they make life easy and you won't be fiddling around to find the right controls. There is a telescopic antenna on the top-left of the Roam that extends to about 20cm, and a 3.5mm earphone jack is located on the-top right of the unit.
The Roam is extremely easy to use. You change DAB+ stations using the joystick and switch to FM by pressing the 'Mode' button. The Roam lets you save up to 40 station presets (20 DAB+ and 20 FM).
The sound quality of the Roam was solid when listening to both digital and FM frequencies. Digital radio stations were crisp and had good clarity. Some FM radio stations had some inference but we found that using the antenna or plugging in headphones improved the sound. The supplied earphones produce a flat sound and lack bass, but overall they were satisfactory. The 0.5 Watt speaker that's built into the radio was also adequate but because it is located at the back of the device, the sound is muffled if you leave the Roam lying flat on the table.
Grundig states that the built-in rechargeable battery will last around eight hours before you have to charge it via mini-USB cable (a power adapter is included) and our battery test found this claim to be accurate.
Although the Grundig Roam is a solid digital radio player, it has a steep price tag and it doesn't offer extra features like MP3 playback. The Bush Walker only offers digital radio but costs $129, while the $299 iRiver B30 offers DAB+ reception and is also an 8GB MP3 player.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Apple iPhone 6 Plus: An in depth review
- 2 Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen.) android smartphone
- 3 HTC One Mini 2 android smartphone
- 4 Oppo Find 7 Android smartphone
- 5 Medion Akoya MD99410 (E1232T) touchscreen laptop
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Is that used iPad actually stolen? Apple creates tool for would-be buyers to check
- Angry Birds developer slashes up to 130 jobs to 'reignite growth'
- How hackers accidentally sold a pre-release XBox One to the FBI
- Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut
- Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen): Hands on with Motorola's bold flagship
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.