Roberts Streamtime review

Roberts does some cracking internet radios, but this isn't one of them, with its thin sound and cheap feel. You can buy better Tested at £120.00

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Our Verdict

Well, it does the job, just, and it’s inexpensive, but this lightweight model isn’t what we expect of Roberts

For

  • Inexpensive
  • fine if you just want an internet clock-radio

Against

  • Lightweight, plasticky build
  • thin, unimpressive sound
  • no DAB

Internet radios come in all shapes and sizes. They range from the ruggedised kitchen/bathroom special Revo Pico RadioStation to the iPod docking models available on the shelves, but the Streamtime is – well, a bedroom clock/radio.

And that means it comes complete with what Roberts calls a Humane Waking System, or in other words a range of alarms for daily, weekdays, weekends and so on. Oh, and perhaps with an eye to its target market, a ‘nap timer', too.

What it also means, but shouldn't have to, is that this is by far the most lightweight and plasticky offering we've seen in a while, complete with fake pillars either side of the fascia – the real feet are hidden away underneath – and very so-so buttons and display. Reception extends to internet radio and FM, but surprisingly no DAB.

What's more, despite being equipped with an obvious wi-fi antenna – a low-rent grey plastic affair – it took rather a lot of coaxing before it found our home network, and the system for inputting security keys is laborious.

All of which would be forgiven if the Streamtime had a superb sound, making it a bargain at the price.

Unfortunately it sounds thin and chesty, weedy in the bass, and soft and uninvolving further up the frequency range. It's really rather unimpressive all round.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.glendimplex.com
Brand NameRoberts
Product TypeInternet Radio
ManufacturerGlen Dimplex Group
Manufacturer Part NumberSTREAMTIME
Product NameRoberts Streamtime

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • STREAMTIME Wi-Fi Internet/FM RDS Clock Radio
  • Power Adapter

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, AIFF, FLAC

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsWEP, WPA, WPA2

Physical Characteristics

Width194 mm
Depth182 mm
Weight Approximate583 g
Height80 mm
Dimensions80 mm (H): 194 mm (W): 182 mm (D)

Technical Information

Internet StreamingYes

Network and Communication

Wireless LANYes

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year