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Roberts Revival Uno

Roberts Revival Uno review (2019): Retro made portable

Roberts Revival Uno
Release Date
2017
Manufacturer
Roberts
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If you haven’t checked out some of the products from Roberts Radio before now, I recommend you get started. This incredible UK company delivers some of the most fashionable and incredible audio tools in the industry – all with their own sense of retro charm. 

Over the years, Roberts Radio has introduced countless popular products, including the Roberts Stream, but nothing quite stands out to customers like the elegance and personality of the Roberts Revival. The Roberts Revival Uno radio is one of the more recent additions to the Revival family, offering users a compact version of the original RD70. 

If you love the style and functionality of the Roberts Revival, but you want something more affordable, and easier to transport, then the Roberts Revival Uno might be the perfect solution.

Read on for the full review…

Roberts Revival Uno review: Design and build

The Roberts Revival Uno radio might be one of the most cost-effective options in the Revival range, but that doesn’t mean it looks cheap. In fact, probably the most appealing thing about this unit is its stylish retro design. Like other products from the Revival range, the Uno mimics the beauty of a classic-style 1950s radio.

Available in a range of colour choices, from pastel and black to dove grey, cream, duck egg, teal, and purple, there’s something to suit every taste. Additionally, because the Roberts Revival Uno is designed to be more compact than some of its counterparts, it’s also a lot easier to take with you on the move too. If you want to show off your latest stylish purchase to your friends, then Roberts has you covered.

As soon as you take the Revival Uno out of its box, you’re sure to notice the high-quality finish and build quality. Some buyers have found it difficult to maintain the leather over time, but we haven’t experienced this problem.

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Roberts Revival Uno review: Features & performance

So, we know the Uno looks great, but that’s pretty much a given for Roberts.

With that in mind, it’s worth looking at features and performance too.

This compact radio isn’t going to be the all-in-one home system you’ve been looking for. If you’re searching for something that’s all-singing and all-dancing, look elsewhere.

That’s not to say that the Roberts Revival Uno radio isn’t any good, but it is limited in what it can do. The Uno has a strong FM and DAB reception, and it comes with a telescopic aerial that you can use to improve your signal. Additionally, one great thing about the Revival is that you can change the station or volume using rotary controls – which just feels a lot more user-friendly.

Aside from FM, DAB and DAB+ connections, there isn’t a whole lot of features to mention. The system comes with a dual alarm clock for weekday and weekend wakeup calls. Additionally, there is a headphone jack for private listening, but no USB port or Bluetooth connectivity. Features include:

  • Rotary tuning and volume knobs
  • LCD display
  • Battery or mains powered
  • Dual alarm clock
Roberts Revival Uno

Roberts Revival Uno review: Sound quality

Now we come to probably the most important part of any radio buying decision.

The sound quality.

In a lot of ways, the Roberts Revival Uno is very much the little brother of the Classic Revival. It’s smaller in size, which is a benefit if you’re looking for something portable and compact, but it’s also smaller in features too.

On the plus side, Roberts consistently proves that a small radio doesn’t have to mean limited sound. The Roberts Radio maintains the warm and classic sound quality we’ve come to know and love from Roberts. At just about any volume, it can create more than acceptable tones, particularly for spoken word. If you love listening to podcasts and talk shows – this is a great radio.

However, the Uno might not be able to fill a room quite as well as some of the other, larger devices on the market. Remember that it’s intended more for style and quality than any boom-box functionality. It’s worth thinking about how you’re going to use your new radio before investing in this one.

Roberts Revival Uno
Roberts Revival Uno review: Verdict
The style of Roberts Radio is what really attracts me to things like their Revival range. However, as any radio lover will know, style isn't everything.

Even as one of the least expensive options in the Revival range, it's easy to say that the Uno is quite expensive for what it is. You're really just paying for the retro design, and the Roberts brand name. However, if you're looking for an attractive piece of home décor that doubles up as an amazing sound system, and you don't have a budget to stick to, then the Uno may be right up your alley.

Sure, it doesn't have the widest range of features out there, but the Uno will give you the sound quality that you love, and it'll do it with style too.
Sound
93
Design
94
Connectivity
88
Build quality
90
Portability
92
Positives
Beautiful retro radio design
Excellent DAB, FM and DAB+ reception
Feels well-made and robust
Good choice of colours available
Excellent sound quality
Compact and portable size
Negatives
Rather limited feature set
Expensive for what it is
91
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