Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone
Manufacturer: Parrot Company Part number: PF280008AA
- Bottom Line:
- The Parrot Minikit Slim makes it very easy to make and receive calls without taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone, but a poorly executed visor clip makes this otherwise excellent speakerphone feel cheaper than it is.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $75.78 - $76.24
- Reviewed by: Antuan Goodwin
- Edited by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 09/23/2008
The good: Automatically downloading the phonebook and giving you quick access to entries via voice command and rotary encoder sets the Parrot Minikit Slim apart from your average speakerphone. NXT flat panel speaker technology creates an exceptionally light and thin design.
The bad: The visor clip feels cheaply made and doesn't do a good job of keeping the Minikit Slim in place. Lack of a power mode light or display makes it difficult to tell whether the device is on or in standby.
The bottom line: The Parrot Minikit Slim makes it very easy to make and receive calls without taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone, but a poorly executed visor clip makes this otherwise excellent speakerphone feel cheaper than it is.
Great audio quality, automatically knows my voice!
by Dem768 on April 19, 2010
Pros: Once it was connected to my phone it automatically knew my voice. I press the call button and the kit says "Who would you like to call" I just say someones name and it calls them!!! The battery lasts forever I never have to charge it.
Cons: If i had to say something I don't like. It would be cool if you could change the voice that was speaking to you? Like the GPS kits do.
Summary: Love it. I am on the phone more than I ever was before! Plus i hate the ear bud style products! I looked at the Motorola and Jabra- I went ...
Summary: Love it. I am on the phone more than I ever was before! Plus i hate the ear bud style products! I looked at the Motorola and Jabra- I went with this because of volume! I found out that it did the voice commands! It came with an old version of software on it and it didn't work with my work phone so i called technical support and they directed me to the update section on their page- a really simple update and BAM it works with all of my phones flawlessly!Poor charging? The plug is not a design flaw of Parrot. In fact its not even a design of Parrot! Its a standard Mini USB port like most cell phones and portable devices. I don't know how you have your minikit charging but I don't understand how that is an issue? I love mine.
Updated on Apr 19, 2010
Very useful little gadget with only a few flaws
by nitsudima on March 12, 2010
Pros: Easy to set up and use. Good sound quality. Voice recognition works well. Automatically downloaded all of my Contacts during initial setup. Mounting clip holds well even to my thick sun visor.
Cons: Can't call a number that's not in your Contacts. No caller ID for callers not in your Contacts. Would prefer a small LED to let me know when it's on. Manual isn't detailed enough.
Summary: I didn't realize how useful a Bluetooth hands-free kit for my car would be until my wife got a car that had one built-in. Within the first week I ...
Summary: I didn't realize how useful a Bluetooth hands-free kit for my car would be until my wife got a car that had one built-in. Within the first week I was looking for aftermarket solutions for my car, and I settled on the Parrot Minikit Slim as an inexpensive alternative to modifying my existing car stereo or replacing the head unit entirely. After my first few days with the Minikit Slim I am impressed with how useful this little guy is.
Even with the inadequate manual, setup is fairly easy. Basic operations are easy enough to figure out once you're fully charged, paired with a phone, and able to tinker around. It downloaded my BlackBerry Storm2's Contacts automatically, and it's easy to use the wheel to jog through the list. Voice recognition also works pretty well with no training, although I find I have to use full names instead of just first names. For instance, I can't just say "Call Sarah" -- I have to say "Call Sarah Smith." (If there's more than one Sarah it tends to just pick one and automatically dial it without asking for confirmation!) I also can't say all of the options at once as the manual suggests (i.e. "Call Sarah Smith home"). I have to say the full name, wait until it asks me "Home, Business, or Cellular?" and then tell it "home." A minor inconvenience given how well it seems to work otherwise.
The clip on the back holds it securely to my car's sun visor, despite the fact that the visor itself is rather thick (I can't put my garage door opener on it at all). CNET remarked that the clip was cheap, but I don't think that's the case at all.
Sound quality is good. No one will think you're on a land line, but it's just about as good as using the speaker on my BlackBerry. I can talk in a normal voice and the other person can hear and understand me just fine. I haven't tried it with my windows or sunroof open, but I imagine not many devices are going to be able to filter out that kind of road noise.
My biggest complaint is the lack of dialing options for numbers not in the Contacts. If I want to order a pizza on the way home but don't have the number saved in my Contacts, the Minikit Slim has no way to call them! I think voice dialing by calling out individual numbers ("Call 5-5-5-1-2-3-4") is a basic need, and I was surprised to find that this feature is not supported at all. The manual suggests pulling the car over and using your phone to dial in this case! Of course you can do that and then transfer the call from your phone to the Minikit Slim with one button press (this also works in the other direction), but I'd rather be able to dial any number whether it's in my contacts or not.
The other feature the Minikit Slim is missing is caller ID for incoming calls not in your Contacts. The information is being passed through the phone system, so why can't this product read the numbers off? If the person calling is in your Contacts it will read their name to you, but anyone else just gets a plain ring tone. If I'm driving I'd prefer to be able to screen my calls better.
Despite these minor flaws, I'm very pleased with the Minikit Slim so far. I could have probably purchased a more expensive device and had the extra functionality (or spent an extra $1000 for the feature package that included Bluetooth when I bought my car), but given that I spent $70 I'm very pleased with the functionality this little guy offers me.
Great sound - poor charging
by Stephandebeer on January 27, 2010
Pros: Really nice unit works well sound quality is good considering price.
Cons: Unable to charge battery. Charging socket does notg have a retaining clip so able keeps unplugging very frustrating - extremely poor design fault - distracts from pros.
Summary: The product charges with a USB cable that plugs into the unit at the back. Unfortunately the cable does not have a retaining clip to hold the socket in the ...
Summary: The product charges with a USB cable that plugs into the unit at the back. Unfortunately the cable does not have a retaining clip to hold the socket in the unit and with the slightest movement the cable unplugs - thus no charging - no charging unit is of no use - this is a very obvious design fault that was overlooked and in my opinion invalidates all the good qualitities this unit has.
Great sound, easy to use, good volume control,
by dhollander on August 8, 2009
Pros: The audio sound is amazing and none of my clients can tell I am not on the landline office phone. Exceptional! The volume is easy to adjust and goes very loud, and its very easy to set up and use while driving. Voice dialing is great!
Cons: VEry, very short battery life. There are no lights that are on so you don't think it is on. You automatically think its off. Inadequate book doesn't warn that after 5 min. it turns off, if you leave your car with phone etc; Book inadequate.
Summary: Bottom line I have learned what I need from reviews and researching myself, something the book should have done for us. I understand now the battery life is very short, ...
Summary: Bottom line I have learned what I need from reviews and researching myself, something the book should have done for us. I understand now the battery life is very short, but because of the amazing audio and easy compatibality its the blue tooth of choice for myself and my Company. No more trying to hear the client, or the interference by static on the other end for the client calling you, its exceptional audio and clarity on the other end is the only way to talk in the car. It didn't get a 5 star from me because you can't tell whether it is on or not so that took me 2 wasted hours of research. Great product!
Very Portable and cost-effective Carkit
by jwitting on April 29, 2009
Pros: - Price/Quality (? 72 all in)
- Just clip-on and go (no installation in car and clip works great!)
- Slim design
- Portable to other car
Cons: - No 'power light'. Only 'on' after touch
- Would be nice if it turns off after 5 minutes without bluetooth connection
- The portability and the slim design make this MiniKit an interesting gadget for thiefs.
Summary: I postponed the purchase of a carkit for a long time, as I didn't want to spend much money or time on the installation. Till I saw this beautiful ...
Summary: I postponed the purchase of a carkit for a long time, as I didn't want to spend much money or time on the installation. Till I saw this beautiful high quality MiniKit.Correction to 2nd con: the Parrot turns off after 5 minutes without bluetooth connection. For me, this is a comfortable undocumented feature.
Updated on May 6, 2009
iVoice R1 speaker phone better than Parrot MiniKit Slim
by cellproguy on September 25, 2008
Pros: Style. Rotary knob to navigate the menu is handy with Built-in Voice-Dialing IF, and only IF, you have a cell phone model that IS capable of the required upload of the contacts listing via Bluetooth OPP, or PBAP profile.
Cons: Parrot DSP 2 is not effective in eliminating the Echo, although it does help somewhat in Noise reduction. No WIND reduction.
TTS, Text-to-Speech is for the uploaded phone book and simple pairing info only
No Caller ID announcement
Short battery life.
Summary: iVoice R1 visor speaker phone sounds far better than MiniKit Slim & Chic.
If you have Voice-dial in your cell phone, go with an iVoice R1 for less cost, and ...
Summary: iVoice R1 visor speaker phone sounds far better than MiniKit Slim & Chic.The Caller ID announcement of the matching Name from the contact list is actually cut-off so much as to be unusable. I catch the portion of the Caller ID name ONLY after the first 1.5 seconds have already passed. I therefore hear whatever name is still left to be spoken after the 1.5 seconds, IF the name tag is longer than 1.5 seconds.
If you have Voice-dial in your cell phone, go with an iVoice R1 for less cost, and FAR BETTER AUDIO, better battery life, and iVoice prompts including CALLER ID.
Bluetrek Surface Sound Duo speaker-phone car kit with Tattoo model Bluetooth headset included uses the same speaker technology, and ADDS a removable Bluetooth headset. Better battery life. 1 Quick press button to Redial the last number; Reject a call; Turn off the LED light (more comfortable when driving at night); Mute; Charge headset; 3 pre-registered numbers, even force the headset battery to charge when desired. Audio is about the same as the Parrot MINIKIT SLIM & Chic.
Updated on Oct 17, 2008
- Manufacturer: Parrot Company
- Part number: PF280008AA
- Description: The Parrot MINIKIT SLIM is a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit sporting a profiled, sleek design. Thanks to its space-saving design, it offers countless uses: in the car, in the office and at home. Its highly intuitive interface will automatically connect to your Bluetooth phone when nearby. Fixed to the sun visor or laid on a table, it adapts to every environment and can easily be carried around in your pocket. Once paired, the Parrot MINIKIT SLIM automatically synchronizes its phonebook with the contacts on your mobile phone. The phonebook on the MINIKIT SLIM is updated seamlessly whenever it connects. The entire phonebook is available at all times thanks to the voice synthesis of the names (Text-To-Speech function). Fancy calling one of the contacts in the phonebook? Say the name and the MINIKIT SLIM recognizes it without any prior training and dials the number. If several numbers are associated with the same person, tell the kit which one you want to dial by saying mobile, work, home, and so on.
- Product type Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone
- Features Volume control,
- Placing / Mounting Visor
- Package Content Car power adapter,
Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone,
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.4 in x 1.1 in x 4.3 in
- Weight 2.9 oz