Monday, 7 November 2016

Christmas gift guide- VQ Mini Retro DAB radio and giveaway



When I was little I remember my mum getting ready to work whilst listening to DAB radio, I have followed this tradition until moved to the UK as physically couldn't take everything with me. I may not be a night club goer or a follower of recent charts but I do love to listen to music, new and old dance hits are my main choices. 
Few months ago I started to notice lots of advertisement for colourful yet retro designed VQ DAB radios which caught my eye straight away.

"No matter how you look at it we’re British to the core, VQ is a British owned and managed business. We take our inspiration from the fusion of iconic British sound and style. And all our DAB+ radios and Bluetooth speakers are born in Britain with British designers and high quality British components.

VQ DAB+ radios and Bluetooth speakers are crafted to match your style and let you express yourself through colour and design".


When VQ offered to review one of the models I didn't know that it will be a love from the first sight! Mini Retro DAB Radio  (£59.99) looks sleek in deep purple colour (originally wrapped in a dust bag), incredibly easy to use and makes a great centrepiece in any room.
When you first power up the radio it starts auto scan for radio stations available, for those who are too excited to wait you can also carry out the search manually by accessing the "menu".
Once you have found your favourite radio stations you can save them (up to 30 presets ) by pressing and holding "star" button and choosing the right present. To play saved stations you need to press "star" button once and then "arrow" buttons indicating left or right depending where in the list your favourite station is.


What's very interesting as well the radio sets up date and time automatically too, no need to faff about with buttons, it's all done for you! The signal and quality was very consistent in almost every room apart from kitchen when I had to use aerial attached to the Mini Retro.

Now to my favourite feature- bluetooth, I had a little bit of the "blonde moment" when tried to pair up the devices for the first time, but then eventually I remembered that I need not only to choose "bluetooth mode" via "mode" button on Retro Mini but to select the device I want to pair on my phone too. When this was done it was a matter of seconds until my new funky radio was playing my favourite tunes. You can be in any room in your house with your phone or other smart device and change the music or volume on Mini Retro.
Other features:
- clear, rich sound ( you will not hear any glitches or any other background noises apart from the tune itself)
- alarm
- personalising sound ("MyEQ")
- recalling presents saved
- can be powered into mains or with 4 AAbatteries (not included)
- telescopic aerial at the back of the Retro Mini 
- headphones, Aux-in and USB ports
- up to 15 hours of on the go entertainment 
- comfortable little handle for easy transportation from room to room
- can be connected to smartphone, MP-3 player or tablet via Bluetooth or Aux-in
 the smallest VQ DAB radio (224 x 147 x 105 mm)
- dimmed display
- premium leatherette wrap in a variety of colours (19 to be precise) to choose from
- you can mute the radio by pressing "play/pause" button
- easy to read and understand quick start guide

VQ Mini Retro DAB Radio is a very clever and useful device, suitable for any generation or gender and will make a perfect Christmas or birthday present!

Fancy winning yourself or your loved one one the the stylish VQ Mini Retro DAB Radios?  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 9 December 12am):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The post in written in collaboration with guest poster- my other half.

152 comments:

  1. Wow! There are so many colours. I would love the Pink Hearts one x

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  2. Fantastic review and giveaway thank you! I would love the dab radio in Emma Bridgewater - Polka Dot please!

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  3. I would pick the Marmalade - love it!

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  4. What a stunning little power house of Sound! I would choose the cream colour & move it around my home with me the kitchen, bathroom & bedroom :) x

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  5. What a fantastic choice of colours.I love the Emma Bridgewater-BlueDaisy

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  6. Would love one in mustard, these look amazing!

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  7. Emma Bridgewater polka dot lovely

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  8. Pink Hearts please

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  9. There's lots of lovely colours, I think I'd like the Rosebee

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  10. The lovely bluey-green - dark teal I think it is!

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  11. the blue model is wonderful!

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  12. So many great colours , I honestly cannot decide between the mustard colour and the dark green.

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  13. Gorgeous colours, really can't decide between the mustard and the dark green.

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  14. Oh such lovely colours and patterns. I think I'd choose Wallflower!

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  15. I love the black one, think it looks cool!

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  16. Would love to win the Pink Hearts radio :)

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  17. I love the cream it goes with everthing i have

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  18. I would pick the Emerald Green colour

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  19. Would love to win this. So gorgeous

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  20. I like the simple ream coloured one.

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  21. I would choose the blue to match my bedroom

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  22. The Emma Bridgewater rose pattern one x

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  23. I love the red.

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  24. Oh wow, love, love, love! Thanks for the chance to win, I'd be thrilled to win the "Emma Bridgewater Rosebee"

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  25. I would choose the black one, it would make a fantastic Christmas gift for my husband. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  26. would love to win one in black - goes in any room then x

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  27. Emma Bridgewater polka dot or cream please!

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  28. That radio is fab! How cool does it look! #TriedTested

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  29. I would choose the Blue Daisy :)

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  30. I love the one with red love hearts all over it. Next favourite is the purple one.

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  31. I love the Emma Bridgewater polka dot.

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  32. I would pick a red one

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  33. I would love to win one of the black ones.

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  34. What a fab post and give away! i would love to win one of these babies before xmas! perfect way to listen to the latest Christmas songs xx

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  35. Would love to win the Pink Hearts radio :)

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  36. I'd have a black one.

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  37. I'd love to win it in Teal :D

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  38. i really like the cream

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  39. Wallflower or the purple are lovely

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  40. I love the cream :)

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  41. Like the floral (Pete)

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  42. They are all so lovely please don't make me choose :)

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  43. I would choose the cream one for my son

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  44. The Rosebee would fantastic...Thanks

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  45. Love the Cream please

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  46. I do like the look of the Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot I must say ;) x

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  47. I would choose cream

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  48. I love the teal

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  49. I would love this in cream to match my kitchen appliances!

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  50. Emma Bridgewater polka dot please

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  51. I would choose cream -so cool.

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  52. Cream is so cool and great for 2016🌟🌟

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  53. I like the look of the Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot one.

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  54. they are all lovely but it would have to be Rosebee

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  55. Teal please - would match my new kitchen

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  56. Well there is so many to choose from it would be hard to pick but I think I'd go for teal or black

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  57. Replies
    1. i would choose the red one

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  58. the polka dot one is lovely

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  59. Absolutely love the pink floral design! It would match my bedroom perfectly! :) xX

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  60. I would love the Pink for my daughter's bedroom

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  61. I love the duckegg blue one. It's so pretty.

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  62. They're all so nice!! I love the rosebee pattern and the cream colour

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  63. I'be put a red one on my wish list after reading your review!

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  64. The black one, to fit the theme of my bedroom, where it would take pride of place on my desk, to listen to as I write blog posts.

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  65. Heather Morrison5 December 2016 at 21:02

    I love, love, love the blue! xx

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  66. If i was to win i would pick the cream colour

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  67. I would love it in Cream, fabulous :-)

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  68. I love the teal and it would match y kitchen

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  69. The cream would be lovely for to keep in my kitchen

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  70. red would be ace to match my kitchen

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  71. Red.

    Rachel Craig

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  72. I would love the Hot pink

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  73. I would love the Emma Bridgewater Rosebee, it is absolutely gorgeous!

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  74. I love the bright lilac one!

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  75. If I won, I'd love to have it in teal please. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  76. A jet black one please, good luck to everyone

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  77. the Rosebee design would be amazing to win x so pretty

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  78. Would love it in purple x

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  79. oh i would love a purple one please

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  80. Oh i love the pink one, how kind of you

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  81. I like the white with pink flowers

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  82. I want one now after reading this!

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  83. Love these and so many colours, perfect :) x

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