LG PC12DAB review

Curvy speakers are all the rage, and thanks to Bowers & Wilkins awesome Zeppelin iPod Hi-Fi, a curvy design makes us think of quality. Sadly, the LG PC12DAB’s smooth casing houses a muddy speaker set that gives off a tinny, flat sound. The fact that it offers DAB radio is a plus in terms of the extra channels you’ll get, but the quality of the speakers is so poor that whatever you put through it sounds pretty weak.

LG’s design actually looks really good in pictures, with it’s black body and subtle red lighting around the speaker grille. In the flesh it’s not quite so swish. The unit is made of shiny black plastic, which gathers fingerprints quicker than Columbo. It also feels pretty flimsy.

There are also some questionable design decisions _ the iPod dock is deeply recessed into the top of the unit - making it impossible to operate an iPod touch or iPhone because you can’t slide the slider to unlock the touchscreen. It also makes a classic or nano’s clickwheel inaccessible. So, you have to use the remote control, which is unresponsive and unintuitive, or the on-body buttons.

However, the unit does offer a decent set of features, if only it didn’t sound so bad. It has a vertical top-loading CD player, which can play CD-R, RW, MP3 and WMA, as well as normal audio CDs. It has your usual clock, alarm, snooze and sleep functions, and a USB and 3.5mm audio input for other devices. It can also record FM radio or a CD to a USB stick with one touch, which is quite cool.

OUR VERDICT

The PC12DAB has plenty of features, but ultimately the sound quality is shocking considering the asking price of around £130. Its design, too, is slack, with bendy plastic and flawed ergonomics, particularly when using an iPod. If you shelled out this kind of money you’d be disappointed when you plugged this into the wall.

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