Although the crap weather indicates that we’re yet to reach Summer, the jam-packed sporting calendar suggests otherwise. To help ensure that you don’t miss any of the action, I’ve teamed up with audio product supremos VQ to offer one lucky person the chance to win a VQ Blighty DAB+ & FM Pocket Radio worth £49.99. To enter, follow the instructions below.
With Euro 2016 into the knockout stages and the first week of Wimbledon drawing to a close, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s as good as it gets. However, the next couple of months will also see the continuation of the Formula 1 season (including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone), the Open, International Twenty20 and the 2016 Rio Olympics. That’s a lot of sporting action.
Let’s be honest, we can’t spend the entire Summer sat in front of the TV. There’s work, ‘quality’ time with the family, and other stuff that comes with being an adult. However, I have a solution that will hopefully allow you to keep up-to-date with the latest scores as you go about your daily life – the VQ Blighty. I’ve been sent one for review and have another that I’m giving away for one lucky reader. Read on to find out more.
VQ Blighty DAB+ & FM Portable Radio Review
Since having the VQ Blighty, I’ve made good use of it when we’ve been in the garden and out of the house. My phone battery is shocking, so I try to not use that for things like listening to music, so a portable radio has been a good addition to my armoury, particularly with Euro 2016 being on. In between the rain, I’ve listened to it when the sprog has been playing in the garden and also when we’ve taken the dog out for a walk – I know, I know, I’m a bad dad for being anti-social.
I’ve found the VQ Blighty to be a really simple radio. So simple that a technophobe would be able to figure it out with relative ease. It harks back to the days where a radio was just a radio, but obviously is a modern interpretation. It has an ‘On/Off’ switch, ‘Mode’ button, ‘Menu’ button, ‘OK’ button, volume buttons and left / right arrow buttons. It also comes with headphones and a micro USB cable for charging.
The Blighty works for both DAB+ and FM radio stations. This means that you can listen to your favourite digital and analogue radio stations – across the UK, Europe and Worldwide – wherever you go. The ‘Mode’ button is used to switch between DAB and FM modes, then you can use the left and right arrows to change frequencies (FM mode) or select different stations (DAB mode) and confirm with the ‘OK’ button.
Pressing the ‘Menu’ button provides additional information on the screen. So if you’re listening to the Euros on BBC Radio 5 Live for instance, you’re able to toggle the display to show things like the station category, date and signal strength. The volume buttons can then obviously be used to turn the volume up and down. I’ve found the sound good, both for listening to music and general chat, although you may wish to upgrade the headphones as the ones that come in the box are pretty bog standard.
A couple of clever things I noticed – when I first switched to DAB mode, the Blightly automatically scanned and saved all of the digital radio channels meaning you’re then able to toggle through them every time you switch it on. The VQ Blighty also has 10 preset options so you can save your favourite DAB and FM stations – holding down the ‘OK’ button brings up the option of storing a station or recalling a saved station.
The VQ Blighty has a lithium-ion battery which gives up to 10 hours listening time between charges – so far, I’ve only had to charge it once and it’s still going strong despite using it a number of times. As with all DAB radios, signal can sometimes be a little iffy depending on your location and what station you’re trying to listen to. This is where the ‘Signal’ display in ‘Menu’ is useful as you can see the strength of the station – I’ve found that 60%+ gives a good reception.
Aesthetically speaking, I really like how the VQ Blighty looks. It features a high quality anodised aluminium finish in a choice of grey and black or red and cream – I have the latter. It’s about the size of a credit card so fits well into a pocket or bag, plus the curved back and edges mean that it feels nice in the hand. It also has a 1.6 inch LCD screen with auto dimmer control which manages to fit in a decent amount of readable info – time, station name, battery status etc – without it looking too cramped and busy.
I really like the VQ Blighty, and at £49.99, it’s also reasonably priced for a portable DAB radio.
VQ Blighty DAB+ & FM Portable Radio Giveaway
To be in with a chance of winning a VQ Blighty DAB+ & FM Pocket Radio worth £49.99, simply login to Rafflecopter below and complete one, or a combination, of the optional entry options. Good luck and happy comping!
Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for 1 x VQ Blighty DAB+ & FM Pocket Radio. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Monday 11th July 2016 and is open to UK entrants only.
The giveaway can be entered by logging into Rafflecopter and doing one, or a combination, of the following: (1) Follow VQ on Twitter, (2) Follow The DADventurer on Twitter, (3) Tweet a message about the giveaway, (4) Visit VQ on Facebook, (5) Visit The DADventurer on Facebook, (6) Follow VQ on Instagram, (7) Follow The DADventurer on Instagram, (8) Subscribe to The DADventurer on YouTube and/or (9) Give The DADventurer +K on Klout.
The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has five days to claim their prize, provide their contact details and choose their preferred colour of radio. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from VQ within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with VQ.
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The Blighty Portable Radio was sent to me by VQ with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.