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Roberts Elise review

Roberts' Elise certainly has some plus points - including a fast-paced delivery, and clear sonics, but it needs to do much more to compete Tested at £45.00

Our Verdict

The Elise is good in places, but falls woefully short in other, vital areas

For

  • Fast delivery
  • clear voices
  • nice controls

Against

  • Thin presentation
  • hit and miss display
  • feels cheap

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

The Elise is good in places, but falls woefully short in other, vital areas

Pros

  • + Fast delivery
  • + clear voices
  • + nice controls

Cons

  • - Thin presentation
  • - hit and miss display
  • - feels cheap

Considering it's pushing the £50 mark, the Elise looks surprisingly cheap.

The controls feel nice, with good travel to the buttons and reassuring solidity, but the basic, white and grey-finished plastic makes it look cheaper than it actually is.

The display is hit-and-miss, too: it's large, with big text, but its yellow-on-blue colour scheme is not the clearest, especially with light shining on it.

Unfortunately, the Elise doesn't prove to be brilliant on the sound front, either. There's an overall thinness to the presentation that robs music of its weight and solidity, and there's a touch of brightness that's wearisome over time.

It's not all bad – the delivery's fairly pacey and voices are clear – but considering the price and the competition, it's far from great.

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