The Sony XDR-S41D is a compact, no-frills portable radio at a competitive price point. It’s not without its flaws, or its rivals, but it carries the Sony badge and could be ideal if you’re on a tight budget.
The Sony XDR-S41D is reasonably practical in use, but one issue that may cause inconvenience is that it doesn’t shift automatically to using batteries if you want to disconnect it from mains power. You’ll have to fire it back up for this. Another niggle is that the alarm clock doesn’t work when you’re using batteries, and the presets also get lost when the batteries run out. On the flip side, the radio also offers a relatively solid plastic build, and does feel as though it could potentially break into pieces if knocked about.