Not a radio.
It’s not, seriously. When we ran a competition to give one of these away recently, many people entered thinking they were in with a chance of winning a radio. However, what they did enter for (and which someone walked very happily away with) was an exceptionally thin and compact Bluetooth speaker from Emie… and we’ve finally got our hands on one.
If you love your tech minimal and simplistic, this is the Bluetooth speaker for you. Emie’s Radio (so called as the design harkens back to a classic and retro wireless look) can fit in your hand, slip easily into your bag, and provide six hours of battery-powered musical entertainment.
The radio features a unique wooden surround, meaning that each and every one of them is slightly different due to the grain of the wood. There is also just the one button; a push dial on top that you use to both control the track volume, and when syncing to your phone, tablet, or laptop. Couple that with just a small Micro USB port for charging (cable included), and an Aux-in port for wired connections, and this looks very smooth and neat – plus, y’know, it’s just over four inches long.
So it looks hot-damn fine, but how does it perform? Inside the Emie Radio Bluetooth Speaker is a 2W output, producing just enough oomph to give the unit the highly-coveted ‘room-filling’ moniker. This makes it a great personal speaker, ideal for taking with you on holiday in the hotel room, or when out camping in the tent.
So although you won't be able to tune into Radio 4 on this, the Emie Radio Bluetooth Speaker is a wonderful little summer accessory; one that will perk you up, but not weigh you down.