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Parrot MINIKIT

Portable car kit for Bluetooth® cell phones

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by Dominic Devito
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Parrot's MINIKIT hands-free car kit lets you take full advantage of your Bluetooth phone in your car. Talk on the phone while driving and enjoy quality sound for conversation — while keeping your eyes on the road. You can also use the MINIKIT for talking on the phone at home while doing tasks which require both hands, such as preparing meals or using the computer.

You can take the MINIKIT portable speakerphone with you in any vehicle. Clip it to your car's visor and use the 3-button keypad to dial, hang up, or change the volume coming through the MINIKIT's 2-watt powered speaker.

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The Parrot MINIKIT connects with your Bluetooth mobile phone automatically — it uses its own built-in voice-recognition software instead of your phone's, so you don't have to touch your phone while driving. The MINIKIT can pair with up to five compatible phones simultaneously.

Noise-reducing technology allows you to hear your callers clearly, and have a conversation in your car without raising your voice. An omnidirectional microphone ensures every word will get transmitted, and you can use your phone up to 33 feet away from the MINIKIT. Just say a name and the MINIKIT will dial the number — with select phones, you can store up to 150 different names from your address book.

The compact MINIKIT fits in your pocket or bag, and it works with most Bluetooth mobile phones. Charge it up with the included car charger, and you'll get up to 10 hours of talk time, plus over a week of standby power.

Note: Compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Highlights:

  • portable hands-free speakerphone kit
  • car charger and sun visor clip included
  • compatible with most Bluetooth phones (see "Hands-On Research" for more information)
  • access up to 150 numbers with voice recognition feature for hands-free dialing (only works with certain phones)
  • omnidirectional microphone with noise reduction and echo cancellation technology
  • built-in 2-watt amplifier powers speaker
  • dimensions: 4-3/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-1/4"D
  • weight: 3.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Minikit device
  • Cigarette lighter charger with 16'' coiled cord
  • Sun visor clip
  • User Guide
  • Parrot accessories magazine

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Features

Overview: The Parrot MINIKIT is a Bluetooth wireless kit which lets you talk on your mobile phone hands-free. Its built-in battery and sun visor clip lets you use the device at your home, office, or in the car.

Bluetooth Wireless Technology: The Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short-distance radio link. It connects a wide range of electronic equipment without requiring additional cables. As such, it extends the communication possibilities for mobile phones and hundreds of electronic devices.

Compatibility: The MINIKIT is compatible with the following Bluetooth mobile phones on the market. The unit is capable of pairing up to 5 different Bluetooth compatible mobile phones.

  • Apple (iPhone and iPhone 3G)
  • Alcatel, Asus, Audiovox
  • Ben-Q, Blackberry
  • Eten, Grundig
  • HP, HTC
  • I-Mate, LG, Motorola
  • N-Gage, NEC, Nokia
  • Palm, Panasonic, Philips
  • Q-Tek, RIM
  • Sagem, Sanyo, Sendo, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericson, SPV
  • Telital, Toshiba, Treo
  • VK

Note: For specific Bluetooth mobile phone compatibility listing use this web-address: http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/onlinehelpfiles/parrotminikit/compatibilite

High-Fidelity Sound: The MINIKIT is a Bluetooth hands-free mobile speaker phone. It features the very latest generation of DSP-2 signal processing algorithms and a high-definition, high-fidelity 2 watt speaker for crystal-clear conversations in any situation. The unit also uses a built-in omnidirectional microphone.

Built-In Rechargeable Battery: The MINIKIT uses an internal, rechargeable 100 mA LI-ion battery. The battery should be charged before its initial use. The battery has a talk time of approximately 10 hours and a standby time of over 250 hours. It takes approximately 3 hours to recharge the battery. The MINIKIT comes supplied with a cigarette lighter charger for the car. The charging LED on the MINIKIT will illuminate orange when the unit is charging and will change to green when the device is fully charged. The LED will not be on when there is no charger connected to the unit.

Sun Visor Clip: A sun visor bracket is supplied for fitting the Parrot MINIKIT to the sun visor of your vehicle, so that it can be used as a hands-free kits in your car. The MINIKIT can also be used in your home or office. The unit has 4 rubber feet so it can rest securely on any flat surface such as your desk. The sun visor clip will need to removed for the unit to lay flat.

Soft-Touch Controls: The MINIKIT features the following soft-touch controls.

  • Green Button: allows you to make or answer a call as well as redial a number (hold button for 2 seconds)
  • Red Button: allows you to hang up or reject a call
  • Rotary Knob: adjusts the volume during calls, scrolls through menus - press knob to confirm selections

Voice Menu: The MINIKIT features a voice guided menu with the following selections.

  • Language: select either English, French or Spanish
  • Volume: adjust the volume of the voice menus
  • Add Contact: enables you to prepare the Parrot MINIKIT for receiving a contact
  • Record Keywords: to use the voice recognition feature and all its possibilities, this function allows you to record your keywords (Home, Work, Mobile, General, Other)
  • Update: enable this option before updating via Bluetooth

Dialing: When making a call from your mobile phone's keypad, the call automatically will change to hands-free mode and switch to the MINIKIT device once you have paired your mobile phone with the MINIKIT.

Voice Recognition: The Parrot MINIKIT is designed to simplify calling with your mobile phone with user-defined voice-tags. It uses its own voice recognition feature, not your phone's, so you don't have to touch your phone while driving. The contacts in your phone can be stored as voice-tags in the MINIKIT so you can instantly dial a phone number by pushing the green button on the MINIKIT, saying the contact's name and stating whether its a home, work, mobile, general, or other type of number. You can store up to 150 voice-tags.

Note: To use the unit's voice recognition feature, you must send the contacts from your phone to the Parrot MINIKIT via Bluetooth (if your phone supports this feature).

Updating: The Parrot MINIKIT can be updated through Bluetooth using the flash utilities from the www.parrot.biz. website. Updating can make the MINIKIT compatible with more source devices.

Specifications

Bluetooth Specifications:

  • Bluetooth Version: 1.2 qualified
  • Hands-Free Profile: 1.0 and 1.5
  • Maximum Range: approximately 33 feet
  • Pairing: connect up to five phones

Electronics Specifications:

  • Battery: 100 mA Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Talk Time: approximately 10 hours
  • Standby Time: over 250 hours
  • Recharging Time: 3 hours
  • Charger: 5.15 V DC / 0.5 A max

Signal Processing:

  • Echo Cancellation: reduces echo effect
  • Residual Echo and Noise Cancellation: reduces background noise
  • Voice Recognition: up to 150 voice-tags

MINIKIT Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.465"
  • Width: 4.329"
  • Depth: 1.217"
  • Weight: 0.231 lbs (105 g)

Compliance: FCC, E2, Bluetooth, and CE compliant

 
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4 out of 5

Good product for price

Written By Andy, Cromwell, Ct on Sunday, January 17, 2010
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Got the minkit for my wife for x-mas. Very easy to set up. Very easy to use. Directions leave a lot to be desired but for basic functions it's pretty easy to figure out. It's only got 3 buttons...answer, hang up and, menu so it's not rocket science. Pairing with our phones was simple. Sound quality is pretty darn good considering it's size. We both love it and it sure beats the cost of hard wiring bluetooth through your car radio. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.
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1 out of 5

Not impressed with this product, returned to Crutchfield

Written By Ryan, Bellevue, WA on Saturday, December 27, 2008
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I found this product to be difficult to use, in that it continued to connect then drop the Bluetooth connection between the unit and my cell phone. I don't know if that's the fault of the parrot or my phone. When I did get it to pair with my phone, the speaker quality made listening to calls very difficult. In order to hear the conversation while driving, I had to turn the volume all the way up. This caused the speaker to distort at certain points, and it was still difficult to hear when it didn't distort. The caller
on the other end also complained of an echo from their end of the conversation. Completely useless while driving, and since that's the whole reason for buying it, it definitely is a bad product in my opinion.

I would have expected this unit to perform much better than it did. The technology of a speaker & microphone isn't that complex, and it seems that the speaker used was very cheap and had difficulty correctly reproducing the conversation.

I'm returning it to Crutchfield (thank you for the excellent return policy!) and I don't know if I'll try a different brand or not.
5 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Deivce

Written By Mike L, Arlington VA on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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This device is great. I have used many in-ear hands free devices and this
device beats those. Volume is great (keep the windows up) and the noise
cancelation works well. I have had several people tell me that they didn't
even know I was on my cell phone untill I told them so the mic works great.
If you phone already has a voice dial feature, this device taps into that and
uses it. If your phone does not have voice dial, you can program this device
to do it for you. If you can, mount it on your dash, I tend to use the visor a
lot and have to reposition it everytime I reposition the visor in order to get
the optimal performance out of the mic
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome Product

Written By Shelby, Airville, Pa on Sunday, August 10, 2008
 
Great product, got it and using it everyday. I now feel safe when on my cell phone when driving. Very easy to use and setup was a snap. Sound is better then the sound on my phone. A five star no doubt about it!!!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Worry Free-Hands Free

Written By Paul, Nazareth, PA on Friday, April 04, 2008
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At first I was apprehensive about a product named MiniKit, but that has
completely changed. I first checked with Parrot on-line for compatibility
with my Verizon phone, then Crutchfield had it to me in two days. Set up
was easy and now I can drive and concentrate on the road, not on holding
the phone. With the new laws going in effect all around, this is an
inexpensive and portable way to stay safe. I use it in my vehicle and then
just take it along in my work vehicle, no wires, no suction cups or velco.
Just slide it on the sunvisor and done. The sound quality is good according
to people I've called and the battery life is great, not that this would be a
problem, both car and home chargers are included. A great tool for the
safety minded driver.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Ron, Lincoln, NE on Friday, February 29, 2008
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I spend a lot of time in my car commuting to work and back, and so far am very pleased with this device. Calls hit the device at virtually the same time they hit my cell phone. Calls are clear, the volume plentiful. I am not able to use the voice dialing feature, and I would advise you to check Parrot's website to see if your phone is compatible with that feature. This is not a Parrot issue, but an issue with my phone.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT

Written By Jim, Indianapolis,IN on Monday, February 25, 2008
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I was a little apprehensive ordering the MIni-Kit, but now I'm glad I did. I had a little trouble setting up English for a language. I called Parrot support, they are great people, got me straightened out right away. Works better than I expected.
10 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Device

Written By Deborah, Katy, TX on Saturday, January 26, 2008
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I purchased the Parrot Minikit for my husband to use while driving in his truck. He has an iPhone and loves talking even while driving. I read a lot of reviews and decided to try the Parrot even though I had not seen one in operation. The device paired beautifully with my SE phone but took a few updates to get it to work with the iPhone. It works great now. The sound quality is fantastic and my husband is very pleased. The battery life is excellent too. I'm happy that he is now a safer driver!
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4 out of 5

Recommended

Written By kennedy7955, Sewell, New Jersey on Friday, September 28, 2007
 
I have had the Parrot Minikit for a few days and it does work well. It is handy to take from car-to-car, such as when renting a car or changing from one family car to another.

This unit has a rechargeable battery built-in and comes with both the AC and DC chargers. The voice recognition works very well but has the somewhat annoying habit of repeating the name of the called party once it has dialed and then also the name of a couple other names in the directory afterwards. It doesn't affect the performance but it is annoying. The buttons feel cheap. The instructions are a bit confusing but I got through it.

The sound is good, it looks good and I can recommend the product. I think the unit is a little over-priced and should cost about $50.00 I paid $80 + S&H.



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