I am an absolute Emma Bridgewater super fan. I have a rapidly growing collection on my dresser in the kitchen and when I was offered the opportunity to review an Emma Bridgewater VQ Retro Mk II, my heart skipped a beat. I decided on my all time favourite Emma Bridgewater pattern – the pink hearts collection.
The radio comes boxed and very securely packed. When you open the box which has such a cute little stamp on the front, the radio is tightly packaged securely in a dust bag. I was instantly smitten as it looks so sleek, funky and utterly stunning. The pink heart design is so feminine and beautiful. It really brightens up any space. The buttons on the front are easy to read and easy to press.
The Retro Mk II features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception which allows you to enjoy all of your favourite stations with digital or analogue broadcasts. You can also save up to 10 of your favourite pre-set stations on either DAB/DAB+ or FM. I haven’t owned a radio in years, so you can imagine the joy when tuned into DAB that it scrolls the artists name and song as it plays – it’s the small things!
It is so much more than just your bog standard radio. A huge bonus feature for me is that it is also a docking station. You simply push the panel with the V on and the port opens up. It neatly folds away when you aren’t using it too so it’s not left gathering dust.
I have hundred and hundreds of songs on my iPhone so to be able to listen to them while I cook AND my phone charge at the same time is super. It also syncs with my YouTube app so the kids are loving being able to watch and listen to the Lion King soundtrack as we eat breakfast at the table. I have an iPhone but other smart device users can simply and wirelessly connect via Bluetooth, and can still charge with the USB charging port at the front.
The radio is mains powered but can also run off a battery giving you extra flexibility in locations. Included is a UK/EU adaptor, you can also purchase an additional rechargeable battery pack which gives around 25 hours listening time between charges.
I love the large leather strap which gives it such a vintage feel to it. The sound quality is second to none and as soon as I plugged it in, the time and date automatically popped up. There was no faffing – straight on. Perfect for impatient technophobes like me!
There are so many different skins to choose from in the VQ Retro Mk II range, six of them being Emma Bridgewater iconic patterns.
Retro Mk II features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception to enjoy all of your favourite stations with digital or analogue broadcasts. You can also save up to 10 preset stations on either DAB/DAB+ or FM to keep track of your favourites.
If you want to play music from your own library, or use streaming services such as Spotify or TuneIn then Apple users have access to the Lightning Dock on the front of Retro Mk II, which will also charge your device as you play. Other smart device users can simply and wirelessly connect via Bluetooth, and can still charge with the USB charging port.
I absolutely love this modern yet retro design. It is so funky looking and I’ve had so many compliments on it. It has been a game changer in the kitchen enabling me to sing and dance along to the radio and also my own apple library, all whilst charging it up. The fact that it is an Emma Bridgewater design is the ultimate cherry on the cake for me. With Valentine’s Day round the corner, this heart design is perfect for someone special and until the end of February I am offering my readers a whopping 20% off with the code TWINDERELMO20
If you’re feeling lucky and fancy winning a Retro MK II worth £129.99 then it’s your lucky day as I’m giving a Retro Mk II to one lucky reader. You can choose from one of the 12 gorgeous styles and it’s dead easy, just complete the RaffleCopter below. Open to UK residents aged 18+ only. Prizes will be sent directly from VQ. Ends midnight 5/3/17. Winner will be selected at random via RaffleCopter and their details displayed on the widget. Good luck!
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Disclaimer – I was sent the radio photographed for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are my own