Bush Walker BPR07DAB

We can't fault the Bush Walker's simplicity or portability, but it's still a DAB+ radio that is only of interest to those who spend a lot of time outdoors.


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Design

Bush's latest portable DAB+ radio isn't just called the Bush Walker because it's a funny product name.

Well, OK, we're pretty sure that the slightly amusing nature of the name has a pretty big part to play in why this particular radio is so defined. But it's also because it's an incredibly small and light DAB+. We've seen portable pedometers larger than the Bush Walker. Bush's release notes describe it as "not much bigger than a matchbox" and it's accurate enough, with a central set of squishy directional buttons sitting below a simple backlit LCD display. The rear of the Bush Walker is large enough for the two AAA batteries that power the unit, and not a whole lot else besides.

Features

As DAB+ radios go, the Bush Walker is understandably on the simple side. It allows for four quick preset stations, along with scrolling through a list to select all other stations, can display RDS information (where it's broadcast) and can quickly mute the incoming radio.

The one thing you don't get in the main radio body is an antenna. That might seem like a rather vital omission for a radio of any type, but the Bush Walker uses a trick beloved by many mobile phones with in-built radio functions. The headphones that you plug into the unit act as the antenna. A pair of painfully ordinary bud headphones with adjustable tips are provided in the box.

Performance

The simple button layout of the Bush Walker make it very simple to set up and use, at least initially. The tiny backlit screen can be rather hard to read, and while it does support scrolling text, we found our eyes looping back into our heads if we stared at it for any significant length of time.

The use of headphones as the antenna for this radio gives it a particular reception quirk, at least in our tests. Taking the Bush Walker out for a walk or jog, and it performs quite admirably, whether you're streaming talkback radio or music. The moment we stepped inside, however, the music died.

Then came back again.

Then died. The antenna by way of headphones solution doesn't seem to pick up signals anywhere near as well once you're indoors. For such a portable unit that might not be a great problem, but if you were planning to use this as your all-in digital radio solution, it's well worth keeping in mind that it's not best suited for indoors use.

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Tania3 posted a comment   

The Good:Light and easy to carry around

The Bad:Flimsy, extremely temperamental and uses too much battery power

I am a regular portable radio user and was anxious to get a portable digital radio. However, I have been incredibly disappointed with this radio since day one and I'm now ready to go back to my old portable radio. The radio itself is light weight, but incredibly flimsy. The controls don't always respond well, and finding my favorite station is incredibly frustrating at times. I like to walk around with my radio (hence my reason for wanting a small portable radio), but sometimes if I'm leaning or standing in the 'wrong' place the radio doesn't work. The radio requires two AAA batteries, as opposed to the one battery my old radio required. And I find myself replacing the batteries every few days. This radio has been an extremely disappointing purchase and I'm ready to dig my old one out again.

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The Good:It's really tiny, it works, earbuds supplied with unit are OK

The Bad:Nothing really, particularly given its price

I've just purchased this at a price of $99 from DSE. It's my first digital radio and I think it's fantastic. Batteries seem to be good for at least 7 hours, probably more (since I listen to it when in bed, then fall asleep, it's hard to know). And I have no problems with indoor reception. On the train seems to be another matter though. The only thing I would really like any unit like this to have would be an auto off function, so that after an hour (say) it switches itself off.




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  • Tania3

    Tania3

    "I am a regular portable radio user and was anxious to get a portable digital radio. However, I have been incredibly disappointed with this radio since day one and I'm now ready to go back to my old..."

  • scottmac99

    scottmac99

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    "I've just purchased this at a price of $99 from DSE. It's my first digital radio and I think it's fantastic. Batteries seem to be good for at least 7 hours, probably more (since I listen to it whe..."

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