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Philips AE4800/05

This test report on the Philips AE4800/05 is one of a series of digital radio reviews. If you have reached this page from an internet search, we suggest you begin by reading the Introduction to our guide to DAB digital radios. For more information about the options listed below, see also the criteria by which to judge performance and what are the main features to look for.

Philips AE4800/05 - test report

  • Price £36

Philips AE4800/05Overall verdict

This small portable radio is quite easy to set up and use. Presets can be set by holding down one of the preset buttons. Once set, presets 1 to 5 can be selected by a single press of a button. However, presets 6 to 10 require two buttons to be pressed simultaneously, which isn't easy for everyone to do. Button labels are not easy to read due to small, thin text and a shiny silver background. But the buttons are logically laid out and sensibly spaced, making it easy to remember where they are. The on-screen text is quite small, with some information scrolling in a jerky manner. This radio is further let down by the volume-control wheel on the side, which is stiff, doesn't protrude far enough and is difficult to get a sufficient grip.


Size (h x w x d; cm) 11 x 23 x 5
Weight (kg) 0.5
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 10
FM presets 10
Preset buttons or menu 5 buttons + 5 via the shift
Pause and rewind live radio no
Electronic programme guide no
Recording no
Selecting the station: rotate dial no
Selecting the station: press up/down channel buttons yes
Auto-select mode no

Last updated: August 2011

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