Like Pure and Roberts, the VQ brand thrives on delivering unique aesthetic appeal with its devices. This DAB radio is no exception.
There’s an enamel finish available in 11 different colours, combined with a pressed-steel plate for a durable and reliable performance.
This pretty little device is very well-finished. You can even rotate the Christie and lay it on its side if you prefer – although it’s worth noting that the screen display doesn’t rotate.
That means that you might have to struggle to read things like the station or time.
Despite this little design oversight, the VQ Christie has a lot to offer.
According to the designers on the VQ team, they really let their imagination run wild with this device – and we can definitely see that a lot of fun and freedom went into the design.
There’s a handy USB charging socket included on this device; in case you don’t want to keep it plugged in at all times. You can also purchase an optional battery pack for transport, and a faux-leather carry case too.
Plus, there’s a 3-year warranty included in case anything does go wrong with your device.
VQ Christie DAB radio review: Performance
One thing that we really love about the VQ Christie DAB radio is how easy it is to use.
When you’re relying on a small radio to keep you entertained while you’re pottering around in the kitchen, you don’t want to be worrying about various knobs and dials.
The VQ Christie takes just a few seconds to scan for channels, then it can start playing whatever radio stations you like in a matter of moments.
There’s even the option to extend the functionality of the VQ Christie DAB radio by adding a separate battery pack. If you take this route, your radio will last anywhere up to 25 hours from a single charge.
On top of that, you also get the opportunity to listen to your own music through a Bluetooth connection too, so you’re not limited in the kind of entertainment you can choose from.
While there are plenty of stunning portable radios out there, few offer the depth and performance of the VQ Christie when it comes to pumping out sound.
For instance, the ultra-wide premium sound speaker driver in the VQ Christie contends with the likes of the Pure Elan BT3. This tool can comfortably fill even the largest rooms with music.
One downside? It’s a bit harder to achieve the kind of sound quality you would expect from the Christie on the lower levels. Even with headphones attached, the system can struggle.
VQ Christie DAB radio review: Verdict
In our opinion, the VQ Christie DAB radio is a fantastic set to have with you in the kitchen when you’re bustling around with pots and pans.
The sound quality is great for the price, and the style of this small radio is truly eye-catching too.
Just keep in mind that you’re not going to get the best results at low volumes – so it might not be the perfect bedside radio.
Additionally, there’s a bit of bass missing in this digital radio, which could be a problem for people with very refined audio tastes.