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Magicbox Touch Handheld review

A perfect example of the adage 'looks aren't everything', this smart DAB has a sense of style but poor usability and sound Tested at £70.00

Our Verdict

It's a good looking mini DAB, but this Magicbox needs to become a good performer as well

For

  • Stylish looks
  • comfortable headphones

Against

  • Thin sounding
  • display glares
  • slow responses

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

It's a good looking mini DAB, but this Magicbox needs to become a good performer as well

Pros

  • + Stylish looks
  • + comfortable headphones

Cons

  • - Thin sounding
  • - display glares
  • - slow responses

The Touch Handheld adds a bit of glamour to things with a glossy black fascia, touch-sensitive buttons and bright display.

It boasts 40 presets and eight hours' battery life. Even the headphones are a relatively comfortable, secure-fitting in-ear design.

But, your interest is only short-lived. The buttons are slow to respond, and glare and reflections from that glossy screen prove a major distraction.

You'll also be distracted by the sound – but for all the wrong reasons. Radio sounds thin, weedy, and small-scale. This needs less of an emphasis on form and a lot more on function.

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