Wednesday, 4 January 2017

VQ Retro Mini Radio Review and Giveaway

Ive always been a big lover of music, I used to play my Cd's and listen to music on my headphones traveling around all the time. But since Lily has been born my CD player rarely goes on unless its her music and obviously when travelling I can't be wearing earphones. So music has definetly been missing from my life. 

So I was delighted when I got the opportunity from VQ to review one of their Retro Mini Radios. 




So here is a little bit about the Retro Mini's. Firstly, when they say Mini, its not as small as the word mini sounds. It stands at 224mm tall and 147mm wide. In my opinion its the perfect size. Doesn't take up to much room but also is big enough to be seen. This radio definetly needs to be seen as well as heard. With is sleek but sexy retro design it really does need to be displayed so you can see where the music is coming from. I also think the design is really cute. The little handle reminds me of a bag. I can picture carrying it along with me in summer time along with a picnic basket full of food. 



The handle is also really good for easily transporting it from room to room. Most mums know that you are generally on the move. I used this radio one day when I was doing some cleaning. It really made the job a nicer job to do with music on and so I moved the radio from one room to another easily as I moved around from job to job. The handle is really sturdy and also can be folded down so its out of sight. Its attached with really nice silver fastenings which I think gives a real polished feel. 



The radio is also really light weighing at 0.95kg, which also means its great to carry around with you. 

The last thing I love about the design is the leather material it is wrapped in. It is of such good quality and really helps to give it that sleek look. VQ gave me a choice of colours and patterns and I decided to go with red. I have always been a red sort of girl. I find it such a sexy colour and its going be perfect for getting ready for those nights out when i'm putting on my red lip stick and about to go out with my little red bag. It also matches our kitchen as we are starting to go with a red theme for that to. But if red isn't your colour then you have another 20 colours and patterns to choose from. Including some Emma Bridgewater designs. 



The next part of the radio I want to talk about is the controls. The controls are all neatly laid out on the front of the radio with a display that tells you the time and what radio channel you are on. You press the middle button to turn the radio on. When first using it it does some sort of magic thing where it suddenly sinks with the world and tells you the time and starts playing a music station to you. There is probably a definite more technical term to what it does but its so quick and automatic that it seems magic to me.
You can then press the arrows to scroll through the different radio stations and it only took me 2 presses of it and I was at a station I was happy with. You then have the volume control and a mute button. The volume is really easy to control, with the button for + to make it louder and the button for - to make it quieter. There is also a preset button so you can save your favourite stations and go back to them. Then there is the Menu button, here you can personalise your sound using all the custom controls and can change things like the bass or treble. There is also a button for connecting to your bluetooth device. I don't have any music on my phone so not tried this one out yet. You can also set the radio to act as a alarm clock, this would be perfect for my partner as his alarms generally don't always get him out of bed. I also think its great to be able to wake up and start listening to the radio in the morning. A nice tuneful song can definetly be a nicer thing to wake up to than a beep beep sound. 




I would say that the controls are relatively easy to use, but for some things I did have to have a little read through the quick start guide for some help. 

It wouldn't be much of a radio review if I didn't talk about the sound. The radio is engineered with real wood construction to the single 5W Ultra Wide premium full range speaker. For a radio with one speaker it really does sound amazing. The music you hear is clear and can go quite loud with the volume control. I was very impressed at how good it sounded. It sounded so good and clear that I could actually hear it from the next room and tell what the song was. 

The radio features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception meaning that you have a huge choice of stations to listen to.

You can also use the radio at home on the go as you can switch between it being plugged in to your mains or just pop 4 batteries into the back to be able to take it anywhere you like. You can also connect headphones for those times you don't want to share your VQ music experience with anyone else.




The Retro Mini is £59.99 and you can buy them from the VQ website

If you love the sound of this radio then why not enter to win one! Enter on the Gleam App below and Good Luck!

Win a VQ Retro Mini Radio

328 comments:

  1. Love these beauties red is my favourite

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  2. Fab, always wanted one of these! I love the lips design

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  3. I haveto say I love the spotty one or the light green design

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  4. I actually have this radio in baby blue its an amazing little gadget! Id love to win one for my dad :)

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  5. I love the Emma Bridgewater Polka Dots as I have the same crockery!

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  6. the wallflower design is beautiful x

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  7. Love the spotty one- it would go beautifully in our playroom to replace our current broken one!

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  8. I love the red one, my kitchen is red so would look perfect in there

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  9. I really love the emerald green one, my favourite colour! Thanks so much for the lovely chance, I've always wanted one of this, just crossing my fingers :) x

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  10. I love the Rosebee, its wonderful and would have it on the table next to me

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  11. Love these, it would be wonderful in the kitchen

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  12. Cant see a name for the design but the floral one is beautiful!

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  13. So many colours & designs to choose from! I think I would pick the cream :) x

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  14. Black Toast is gorgeous as I love typography designs.

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  15. Love the cream one!

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  16. I love the floral ones! Great giveaway, thanks for chance to win! Good luck everyone! :)

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  17. I love the pink hearts design - gorgeous!!

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  18. The red is striking and would be lovely in the lounge.

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  19. They all look great, love the Black Toast one.

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  20. My favourite is black.

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  21. The chocolate one is my favourite

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  22. I love the black one - such a great design

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  23. The red is just gorgeous!!

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  24. I really like the Teal one, as it would look perfect in my living room. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  25. I love the lips one, so cool!

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  26. I love the red.

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  27. I love the wallflower design! :)

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  28. I love the teal!

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  29. I love it in cream, looks classy :)

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  30. I love it in teal best, but so many fabulous designs with the pattern ones too! x

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  31. I like the black toast colour best, would look great in my kitchen

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  32. I love the VQ Mini in Black, perfect for my kitchen.x

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  33. i love the red one as it would go with my kitchen

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  34. I absolutely love the Emma Bridgewater pink hearts design!!

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  35. I really like the Emma Bridgewater polka dots design! Looks like a great radio

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  36. I like the purple one it'll look perfect in my kitchen

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  37. the cream one is my favourite and matches the kitchen! perfect for listening to music whilst im baking!

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  38. I love the spotty one. Fingers crossed and good luck everyone 🎉

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  39. I like the red one as it would add a touch of colour to my kitchen.

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  40. The white one with a blue pattern

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  41. I love the Teal one, it would go very nicely with my new decor :)

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  42. I love the Emma Bridgewater Polka Dots.

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  43. I'd love the black one for my office! I always feel more productive when there's music playing!

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  44. I like the Emerald Green one best.

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  45. i love the block colours -purple is my favourite

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  46. the cream one is my favourite

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  47. I love marmalade so retro yet up to date thanks for the chance

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  48. These are fab! I love the blue christie one.

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  49. I love the black, just because it would suit any room

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  50. My favourite colour is red and I love the retro look :D

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  51. The black one is my favourite - I would love to win this!

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  52. Always wanted one of these!! Fingers crossed!

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  53. Mark Ashley Fletcher6 January 2017 at 19:58

    Radiant Orchid

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  54. Much as i love the pretty patterned ones, I think my first choice would be the cream one, so I could take it with me from room to room, and it would look at home everywhere! X

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  55. Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot - I would use this radio in the kitchen and I have several dishes in that design

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  56. If I had to choose It would be the polka dot design

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  57. I love the one with the pink roses, it's so beautiful I love how you can pick the designs

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  58. I like the polka dot one

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  59. Which colour/ design is your favourite? . . . . .l love the baby blue

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  60. My favourite has got to be the black Lips & white background.

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  61. Difficult to choose a favourite as it is such a lovely design, it looks good whatever the colour, but I think BLUE is the winner for me!

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  62. I love the mustard yellow, it's such a cheerful colour.

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  63. Fab, I love the Emma Bridgewater "Rosebee"

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  64. I like the teal colour and also the Lulu Guiness black polka dots ^_^

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  65. Love the Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot

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  66. My wife would LOVE a VQ Retro Mini in Emerald Green!

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  67. I love them all but the black lip one is my favourite

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  68. So many great colours but my favourite is Teal.

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  69. I love Blue Daisy!

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  70. I love the black lip design but am sure the other half would prefer plain black :D

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  71. I love the Emma bridge water pink roses design.

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  72. I love the blue one - would you describe it as duck egg blue? Anyway it's lovely and I love the carry handle on all of them. :)

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  73. Margaret Clarkson
    I really like the red one

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  74. Black, as black and white is quite classic.

    Rachel Craig

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  75. I love the Teal retro mini, it matches my living room perfectly.

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  76. I love the funky oranges design

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  77. I love the mustard colour! It's so in this season! Xo

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  78. The Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot one is great

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  79. The rosebee is my favourite. Very cute 40s feel to it.

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  80. Red is just awesome, Great product

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  81. Looks fantastic, would like to get my hands on one of these to brighten up my day! Very stylish in red.

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  82. I love the teal coloured Retro Mini!!

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  83. I really like the Emma Bridgewater - Polka Dot design :) Something a bit different! These are cracking little radios

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  84. The red one is nice

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  85. i would really like the black one,but really i would be happy with any colour thank you

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  86. I love the cream colour and the wallflower pattern, so hard to choose just one.

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  87. Love the purple ������

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  88. i love the Mustard one :-) but aren't they all just so pretty xx

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  89. I love the teal retro mini radio. These are so cool. I love them. Always got the radio on at home.

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  90. I love the Black Toast,it would look great in my black & white kitchen

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  91. The Brown is my favourite as it just reminds me of the portable radio Grandad used to have in his garage. x

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  92. I love the light blue (duck egg?) retro mini

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  93. I love the Emma Bridgewater - Pink Hearts design

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  94. Looove the red, it's got a proper 50s feel to it!

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  95. Has to be the poka dot one for sure.

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  96. I love the pink hearts one ... soooo cute !! fingers crossed for the win now xx

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  97. great prize thanks fo the chance to win one

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  98. Either the teal or the cream would look stunning in my retro kitchen!

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  99. I love the Pink Hearts design, perfect for a Valentine's gift

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  100. Caroline cummins22 January 2017 at 12:27

    I can't decide between the red and the teal!!!!!

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  101. Elaine stevenson22 January 2017 at 14:39

    Would Absolutely love to win 1 of these beautiful radios x love the pink hearts 1 ������

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  102. I love the Pink Hearts design.

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  103. I love the pink hearts pattern.

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  104. Love the 'Hot Pink'. These are so cool :)))))

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  105. I love the Emma Bridgewater - Pink Hearts design

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  106. I adore the baby blue! Would fit right in, in my 60's themed kitchen!

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  107. Loving the black toast and red lip

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  108. Ive always loved Cath Kitson design on anything

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  109. i ove the style of these radio's and its such a neat and compact one
    i would love one for my kitchen as thats where i spend most of my time

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