Midland Consumer Radio WR-120B Review
I really wanted a new weather alert radio with Specific area message encoding (S.A.M.E) so that it could give me a warning in case of extreme weather conditions. Therefore before buying a new weather radio I literally looked at every single radio on amazon. Most of the radios that I came across seemed to have many issues like reception, reliability, construction, etc. I really wanted to avoid buying those therefore I narrowed my search down to Midland radios. This is when I came across the Midland consumer Radio WR-120B.
- This radio is the updated model of WR-100 which is considered to be one of the most popular weather radios. Therefore I bought the WR-120B weather radio for myself. I for one think this is a great standard alert weather radio. I was very pleased with this radio because it had the S.A.M.E technology that I was looking for. This technology allows you to setup your county or multiple counties in to your radio. It will also allow you to program the radio to sound an alert only when the weather and other emergencies threaten your county or counties. This technology also eliminates all the alerts from other areas. Along with this the WR-120B has a memory system that accepts up to 25 counties. This way you could monitor a large number of counties at once or restrict your radio to a single county.
- The radio also contains a user selectable warning system. Also you get to pick the warning system. It has a 90 dB siren, a flashing LED light or a voice alert. Therefore the alarm has a 3 setting voice, tone and display. The tone of the alarm is very loud, which is great! The voice alarm plays the loud tone for about 5 seconds or so and then it goes in to the radio broadcast. The display on the other hand just illuminates the backlight. I also like the backlight on the display as it makes it easier for me to read the lettering on the radio. The interface of the radio is also pretty amazing as it allows me to flip through all current alerts using the up/down buttons. This way I don’t have to listen to the radio to get the updates. Therefore this radio is very simple and easy to use.
The WR-120B also contains a clock with an alarm and a snooze button. The radio also runs on 3 AA batteries for backup. I did test the battery time for this radio. With the backlight on, the radio lasted for about 4 days. It would have lasted longer if I would have turned the backlight off! Even after 3 days the display was still very bright which I thought to be a very good thing. Also there was no difference in the backlight, reception and functions when I had unplugged it. Therefore this makes the radio perfect for travelling purposes. Over all I really like this weather alert radio. However I wouldn’t give it 5 stars because the voice alert used in this radio is not a pure voice! I would like for the company to fix the voice alert. Other than that I really like the radio and it is a must have radio with the best value out there. Highly recommended!
- It has S.A.M.E Localized Reception
- Continuous backlighting options keep the LCD on
- Easy to use
- 25 Programmable Counties
- It has a user selectable warning system
- 10 reviewable alerts
- 7 preset weather channels
- Receives over 60 Alerts
- Uses 3AA batters for power back-up
- All Hazards Alert
- Don’t really get the purpose of color coded alert indicators
- Voice alert is not pure