Intempo Rebel Review

Despite the internet, radio still has its charm. But if you’re as sick as us of hearing inane chatter from radio ‘personalities’ when you wiggle your FM dial, the Intempo Rebel might be of service. It’s a sleek radio box that records your favourite station, and automatically cuts out the chat and the ads, leaving you with just uninterrupted music.

Available in black or metallic red, the Rebel looks stylish with a blue LED screen that displays the radio station frequency, time, or track numbers in MP3 mode.

We found the Rebel to be pretty easy to get to grips with, and it does have use even without a computer. To get going, the Rebel needs to ‘learn’ your favourite station. You just tune it to your preferred radio tipple, and leave it playing for 12 hours. As the Rebel records at zero volume, it can be left on without disturbing your neighbours. After the 12 hours are up, the Rebel starts to record the station, creating MP3 files which it then stores on its internal memory. According to Intempo, the rebel can hold up to 40 tracks. When its memory is full it starts replacing tracks.

We tuned it to a commercial London station and after 14 hours or so, we switched to MP3 mode (accessed by simply pressing the button on the top of the device) where we found over 30 tracks, all minus the usual chit-chat and adverts.

The Rebel’s only downside is the fact that turning it off will wipe the memory, so you’ll lose all your MP3s and will need to set the machine up for another 12-hour learning period before it can record songs again.

However, the songs can be saved with the help of your computer. The SD/MMC card slot or the USB port on the top on the Rebel allows you to transfer the MP3 files to your computer – simply plug the card into the slot, and watch as it transfers the files. Alternatively, Intempo also offers a quick way to transfer the MP3 files direct to your iPod. The Rebel comes with a CD that contains 99 empty files. Import these files onto your iPod from your iTunes library. Connect your iPod directly to the Rebel and the empty files are replaced with the music and stored in an ‘on the go’ playlist.

OUR VERDICT

If you love radio but hate the DJ drivel and the ads then the rebel is ideal for you. Its direct iPod link makes it easy to get the tunes onto your PC and into your playlists. It just depends what sort of radio you listen to as to how many complete tracks you get.

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