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      28.05.2012 11:00
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      A fantastic little radio which was bought as a novelty gift but has proved to be an excellent buy!

      I bought Mark this funky Lexon Tykho radio as a joke at Christmas, he likes his little portable radios but is notorious for dropping them or knocking them off the window sill - he smashed six radios last year, so what better present than a rubber one? Well, to cut a long story short I loved the Tykho radio so much that I ended up keeping it for the house - and nearly six months later Mark still hasn't got a functioning radio to take to work!

      The Tykho radio is available in a wide range of colours, ours is Fuchsia which is actually more of a purple than you'd probably think from the shade name - I would never have bought Mark a pink radio unless I was planning to claim it for myself, which I wasn't at the time. But that was before I saw it in the flesh, the design is so weird it's captivating. The entire radio has been covered with a silicone rubber case, it looks odd and basic and ugly - and bloody brilliant!

      The design reminds me of a cross between an old style Gameboy and a piece of Lego, it's extremely modern and so quirky that everyone who sees it makes a positive comment. This isn't the sort of radio you see in *everyones* house; in fact I'm the only person I know who owns one, although I suspect Mark's mate will end up buying one soon as he keeps tenderly 'touching' ours whenever he comes round!

      The radio is incredibly easy to use - the buttons on the front are simply up and down volume controls and an AM/FM selector and the aerial doubles as a radio tuner. Obviously there's no display on the radio so you have to either a) be careful how you tune or b) be the kind of person who doesn't particularly care what station you're on as long as they play some decent music - I fall in the latter category, the only channel I hate with a passion is Radio 1 but I've taught myself to avoid it while station surfing with this pot-luck radio. All buttons are easy to press, they're not exactly soft touch but you don't finger muscles to work the radio either - the buttons stick out which works much better than if they were flush to the wall of the radio and needed pressing inwards, which is often the case on rubbery items such as torches and sporty-type MP3 players.

      The reception and sound quality are fantastic for the size and quirkiness of the radio. Some FM channels can be a bit awkward but moving the radio to another location in the same room (sometimes a shift of just an inch) will usually do the trick, Mark tells me that Radio 3 is particularly annoying in this respect but I can't comment on that as it's not a station I listen to - I was pretty annoyed when he told me this though as I'm not happy with him tinkering with MY (reclaimed) radio like that! I was surprised at how crisp and clear the sound is, especially considering the fact that the speaker and speaker membrane is made from the same plastic as the rest of the radio. Today was Disco Classics day on Heart and the speaker coped brilliantly with the 'ooohs' and synthesised music, listening to some rocky station my daughter likes revealed that heavy guitar sounds can be a little tinny and 'shouty' lyrics are a tiny bit distorted but this isn't an issue really as this definitely isn't the sort of music I listen to! On the other side of the coin, Talk Sport and other 'talky' style channels are crystal clear and so was Classic FM when I listened to some chill out music on there the other day.

      The radio itself has a gorgeously soft feel, it's made from one piece of silicone so there are no irritating seams or joins to catch the dust. Cleaning it is a doddle, ours is sorted with a brief wipe over with a baby wipe every few days and it looks as good as new with the Fuchsia colour being vibrant and not faded at all. Sometimes a bit of muck will collect near the speaker but this is easily removed with a cotton bud, overall this is a very easy radio to maintain and as it's 'splash proof' if you get a very stubborn mark on it a little water isn't going to hurt the mechanism of the radio.

      Talking of it being splash proof, Lexon suggest this is an ideal radio for in the bathroom for this reason and I completely agree. It wouldn't cope with being submerged or if it got too wet there could be issues due to the fact that the battery cover isn't waterproof (it's a standard piece of plastic which is done up with three tiny screws). Saying that, I do use mine in the bathroom sometimes as I like to listen to music while I'm in the bath - as I have a hot bath there's a lot of steam in the bathroom and this has never distorted the sound or otherwise caused any problems with the running of the radio. I've noticed that when it's in a steamy environment any dirt or grime you've missed is made very obvious as the steam causes it to run down the sides of the radio in small rivulets, quite embarrassing but at least it shows where I need to be cleaning!

      During this beautiful weather I've been taking it into the garden with me to listen to while the kids are playing; the design means I don't have to stress about it being too close to the paddling pool and the rubberiness stops me worrying the the kids are going to knock it off the table while running around like mad things, or a rogue frisbee hitting it. We've only tested out the 'bouceability' once, and that was when Mark (of course) knocked it off our coffee table - this table isn't very high but the floor underneath is solid wood so a normal radio would have cracked or otherwise broken, this Tykho radio didn't bounce as I imagined it would but it hit the floor with a reassuring softness that told me it wasn't going to have been broken or damaged.

      The radio works using four AA batteries and these hardly ever need replacing. Our radio gets quite a lot of use and I only had to change the original batteries last week, we use rechargeable batteries in things like this so it barely costs anything to run - unlike Mark's super duper battery operated digital radio which needs new batteries on at least a monthly basis!

      This Tykho radio cost £48 when I bought it, which would be expensive if the only reason I'd bought it was for the novelty factor as I first thought. The radio is so fab though that it's been used lots more than I initially envisioned so I'm really glad I splashed out on this rather than another cheapy plastic radio.

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        14.01.2012 21:02
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        I loved this radio but can't afford to buy another just yet

        My other half used to own a great little radio (Lexon Tykho Radio) but it got nicked out of our back garden when she left it there with the gate wide open - invitation to all burglars out there. The reason it was so great was due to the fact that it was bright green (you can actually get these radios is a vast range of bright retro colours) and the casing was made of rubber silicone. It was a great looking funky radio and it really used to love the look and design of it.

        This radio had al the normal functions, i.e. FM/AM channels and it came with its own batteries too (a novelty nowadays) - (4 x AA size). The radio itself was quite small at around 3cm x 8cm x 13.5cm (approximately) and the volume control was excellent and allowed for small changes in volume with just the slightest touch. Sound-wise, this radio was also great and I couldn't fault it. She used to take it outside with her during the hot weather and lie on the sun lounger and listen to it whilst reading her book or magazine.

        The radio had no digital display but it was heavy duty and durable, shock proof as far as I am aware (I dropped it a few times) and great looking due to it being quite a novelty looking item as it was rubberized. It really did catch the eye, as it was something different to look at - which is probably why it got nicked. It isn't cheap at around £35 to £40 but for the novelty value alone it's worth the money, I personally think.

        Nice piece of kit and something I'd recommend.

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          15.04.2011 23:48
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          Lived up to my expectations without overwhelming me.

          I first came across the Lexon Tykho Rubber Radio at a friends' house. It certainly is a talking point for both my friend and now me as I own one myself now. At first I thought it was some kind of movie prop as it seemed like an imitation radio rather than a fully functional product! The Lexon Tykho comes in a range of 8 colours, my friend has the red one and I have a blue one, other colours available are white, orange, fuchsia, grey, yellow and green. Each one has a grey rotating antenna. The radio casing is made from rubber silicone and is certainly a unique idea! I can't help but mention that this radio has the potential to be a modern design classic.

          With an AM-FM radio it does obviously have its limitations due to the advances of digital radio. Included in the purchase of my rubber radio were a set of 4 AA batteries, which this radio takes. The radio is quite compact with dimensions of 14cm x 8cm x 4cm and the electronic volume control will accommodate those listening in the garden or their living room. The frequency search function is controlled using the aerial - a novel idea! The speaker has quite an odd finish to it due to its rubberisation, but it does perform well. Giving a clear and accurate range it stands up well.

          As the rubber radio is splash proof and shock resistant I find it ideal for use when I am in the bath. As it takes batteries this further strengthens its bathroom credentials! Priced at around the £40 mark I think it is affordable, but it wouldn't be hard to find a radio for half the price with twice the features of this one. Unfortunately they don't have the looks and the novelty value of the Lexon Tykho rubber radio, so it is certainly a viable option. For novelty value alone it earns plenty of brownie points, but that price is still quite heavy considering the lack of a digital display. remember this radio also possesses analogue stations, but you will be pushed to find a talking point quite like the rubber radio.

          My final point is that if you are considering this product you may also like to take a look at the Lexon Mini Dolmen. It is a much more aesthetically pleasing product, with easier navigation through the radio stations and a more user friendly radio all-round. This also has a rubber casing.

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            15.09.2010 22:47
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            The Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio

            How cool is this! The Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio

            Never in my life I have seen such a cool and funky little radio! I got this one for my birthday and loved it the first moment I saw it. It actually a weird radio made of a rubber kind of material and I wasn't really surprised when I saw it was made by a French company. That French company is called Lexion and the radio is designed by Marc Berthier who doesn't only designs radio's but also watches and a lot more.

            I have to say the way this radio looks makes it special because further on it's a pretty basic radio. I got this radio in red which looks very cool but you can also get this radio in blue, green, white, grey and yellow! I'm very happy with my red one but yellow also sounds really nice. It's not a big radio and the sizes are 140 x 75 x 45mm.

            Of course looks aren't everything and I use this radio for music and listening to the radio! In this case it's actually a little bit an old fashion radio with a antenna. No digital here but you actually have to tune to get the right radio station. Maybe a little bit of a struggle in the beginning but I found the right station and never changing it again! Other buttons are on/off, volume and AM/FM buttons. Quiet straight forward really and very easy to use.

            The sound is actually better then I expected to it turns out that the radio doesn't only shine in looks but also in the way it sounds. The sound quality is excellent and really clear when you get of course a good reception. It wasn't that difficult in my house to find a good signal.

            The radio is powered by 2x AA batteries and they are still working for me but I also keep a few spare ones just in case! I'm really happy with this little radio and think it was a perfect gift! And not that cheap either really. I saw that you can buy one for 45 pounds. Quiet a bit for a portable radio but think it's absolutely worth it when you are looking for a cool and stylish little radio like this one!

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              19.08.2010 14:07
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              Tykho is simply cool as can be

              There are times when you buy a product not so much because it promises great quality, you buy it simply because it looks wicked cool! As for me buying the Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio, such was the case, and I still think the design of this radio is amazingly cool and absolutely original! I guess the French really know what they`re doing...

              The product is made up of some type of rubber material, and all though it feels kind of weird to touch, the look and design of it is just amazing! It looks a bit like Lego, and it comes in the colors of Lego as well, such as red, yellow, green and grey... More importantly, the radio itself seems very sturdy and solid, I`ve dropped it a couple of times, and it doesn`t seem to have suffered any damage...

              Now, seeing as the major reason for having a radio, is to listen to programs and splendid music, the quality of sound is somewhat essential for the product`s overall quality! In my opinion and experience, the sound of this radio is superb, both when presenting music and talking, the sound is very clear and well balanced, it really offers a comfortable and good listening experience! Of course, the quality of sound will depend upon the recepction in the area you find yourself in...

              The features of the radio is anything but fancy and impressive, but it comes with a ordinary, well functioning tuning system, and with the use of the antenna, you should be able to receive good radio signals whatever destination. You power the radio by using 2 AA batteries, meaning that you can bring the radio with you wherever you are, both in the house and on trips!

              This is first and foremost a very cool and original radio, certain to harvest praise and glances, and for a cost of about 42.99, the Lexon Rubber Tykho Radio could spice up the design in your home as well!

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                29.06.2010 15:00
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                For anyone wishing to increase their design kudos

                This radio is so cool, just to touch it would promote you to design heaven.

                Lexon are a French company, they've been going since 1991 and have racked up lots of gorgeous products in that time - their areas of speciality are mostly electronics and luggage, with a good smattering of office and leisure accesories. This radio was designed by Marc Berthier. He looks nice in his picture.

                The radio itself is quite basic, it isn't digital and has no regular dial. You tune in and out using the antenna (it twiddles). Buttons include on/off on the top of the radio, volume + and - is the lower set of buttons on the front. AM and FM buttons are the higher set. The size of the radio is quite small at 5.5" x 3" d 1.75". It is powered by 2x AA batteries that has a secure screw-in section in the base.

                The radio is encased in a tactile rubber material. It feels similar to all that silicon bake ware that you can get nowadays, although I wouldn't recommend you pop it in the oven. Thanks to this material you get fantastic bright colours! Funtimes. It is currently available in the blue (as seen here), limey green, bright red, white, industrial grey, and canary yellow. The depth of colour is excellent - I have the white and I bought the blue for my Chelsea loving daddio. I have seen all the other colours and they are all excellent. They also used to do a bright pink as well, but this was discontinued earlier in the year.

                Due to the rubber casing the radio is fine to use with wet hands - mine is in the bathroom - and although I haven't dropped it I'm sure it would withstand a little rough-housing. Because it is battery powered the radio is portable and its small size means it can fit easy in your handbag should you wish to take it to the park or beach. Although the radio is encased in rubber, it is very sturdy and not bendy!

                The sound quality is excellent - it is crystal clear when in a good reception area and seems to travel through the house in a startling way.

                I've had no issues with the radio so far, it is used most days for an hour or so, but if there was a problem its is backed up with a 2 year manufacturers guarantee. So that is reassuring.

                I bought mine from a gorgeous shop called Bloomsbury in Bath for £45 each, you can also buy online through Amazon (although I think the vendor is actually Bloomsbury). www.bloomsburystore.com

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