Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 61
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrThumb Remarkably clear and interference-free
Like so many others who've posted reviews on this radio, I love its sound quality and overall feature set. But what no one else seems to have mentioned yet is that this radio is unusually well shielded against electrical interference -- both ways. You can use the radio in proximity to "noisy" electrical devices and circuits yet the radio reception remains clear and static-free. By the same token, you can place it next to your laptop computer or other sensitive electronics without causing any disruption to those other devices. I have yet to come across another radio like this.
As for clarity and power, well, during the Calgary Stampede last summer, I took this out on my highrise apartment balcony during one evening's fireworks. I cranked it up and was able to blast out the synhronized music soundtrack (from a local FM station) for my entire block -- without distortion!
The only downside to this product overall is that the dustproof MP3 player compartment in the front is not large enough for the most popular current-model smart phones. It may be time for Milwaukee to come out with a second generation with a larger compartment.
January 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rambo Great Radio - Almost Perfect!
Good little radio, good sound, easy to use and good size. Add Bluetooth, a USB charging port and integrate the transformer into the radio with a simple cord. Merge this radio with the M12 Jobsite Speaker and you'd have a perfect tool!
June 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tomslick Good Raido
This radio is much smaller than I would have guessed. I was using an old clock radio before, but was given this as a gift. The sound is great, the digital tuner is way better than my old radio. I usually use it plugged in when I use it. It has taken a couple falls, but came out unscathed. My iphone 3g fits in the compartment, but only barely. If you have anything larger it may not fit. $100 is a bit much, but it is durable and compared to the price of a regular radio with aux inputs it isn't crazy.
Regarding the negative reviews: This doesn't come with a battery, but it doesn't claim to. It doesn't charge the battery, but it doesn't claim to.
December 23, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SGMillerDesigns Good LITTLE Radio
Overall, this is a nice little portable radio.
A lot of people complain about the battery life. I get a couple of hours out of this little guy. How? Dont keep it at full blast. If you expect a tiny little radio on a 12 volt battery to blast out the sound of lots of heavy machinery and tools, then you do not have realistic expectations. This is not meant to play music through an entire jobsite, just a room or two.
For the size and weight the radio puts out quite a bit of sound. The storage compartment in the front with the aux cable is big enough to safely secure and store most mp3 players. The radio receiver is decent. If you arent working in the far reaches of the radio signal, it will do just fine.
It is durable. Mine has been working for three years, and shows no sign of giving up.
I took off one star because of two reasons:
1 - Would be really nice if it would actively charge a battery when plugged in
2 - Would be a great improvement to add a 5V USB port to it, so that mp3 players can remain charged and not brought in from a job site to charge.
Its a nice little radio. Nothing impressive, but it does what it should. Be realistic about what you are buying, its not a home theater.
August 12, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by floydee Runs through batteries too quickly
Plays 30 minutes per battery. I have several batteries but, like most job radios, this product doesn't have an onboard charger and makes it inefficient. It does have an AC adapter cord but, like most job sites, outlets and extra cords are a premium. I would not buy or recommend this radio product to any fellow co-workers.
August 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pawpaw great for the money
great quality for the money.small and compact, great speakers for a small radio
August 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bobby Nice small radio
Radio has good sound quality for small size. Appears to be well built and durable. Have already knocked over twice with no problems. It could use a little more volume. Probably not right for extremely loud environments. But it is fine in my boatyard.
July 9, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CharlieO GREAT RADIO
Has great sound and is a small with great features. States on the box no battery included clear as day. I have the M12 system and this is a great addition.
September 4, 2010