Parrot Minikit+ better hands free - review

2012-07-06 12:00
The Parrot Bluetooth hands free kit is user-friendly. (Dane McDonald, News24)

The Parrot Bluetooth hands free kit is user-friendly. (Dane McDonald, News24)

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Cape Town - In the light of recent cellphone bylaws for motorists, the new Parrot Bluetooth hands free kit is user-friendly and impresses with its functionality.

The Minikit+ is a black device, smaller than an average cellphone, and presents itself as a non-invasive addition to any car interior.

Setting up the device is very easy and takes under two minutes. It’s as simple as turning on the device and pairing it via Bluetooth.

The device is equipped with a visor strap which secures it above the driver and provides optimal hands-free interaction.

The main selling point is how the device manages incoming calls. The text to speech function synthesises the names in the phonebook and tells the user who is calling.

Clarity

Answering a call is as simple as saying "accept" or "reject" making it the perfect solution for busy people who constantly receive calls while driving.

A stylishly concealed vibrating panel delivers audio with good clarity and an omnidirectional microphone ensures that the sound is loud and clear at the other end.

Once driving the touch of a button activates a GPS-style voice prompt asking "Who you would like to call". Despite being a minor detail, the buttons disappoint.

It is slightly hard to the touch and does not contribute to a completely seamless hands-free experience.

The adjacent volume dial performs much better and doubles as a jog wheel for menu navigation. The menu allows for dual mode activation.

Parrot Duel Mode multipoint technology allows the user to simultaneously connect two Bluetooth phones to receive incoming calls on either one.

This is a great function for long distance journeys where drivers are often rotated.

The package also includes a USB cable which allows for charging from a computer or a 12V car socket charger.

The device is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a charging time of 3.5hours and over 12 hours talk time.

Overall the Parrot Minikit+ succeeds in its simplicity and user friendliness. Given the recent clamp down on cellphone-using motorists, the Minikit+ may become an indispensable hands free device.

The Parrot Minikit+ has a recommended retail price of R899.


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