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Parrot MINIKIT Slim

Portable car kit for Bluetooth® cell phones

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by Dominic Devito
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Parrot's MINIKIT Slim hands-free car kit lets you take full advantage of your Bluetooth phone in your car. Its excellent sound quality allows you to converse without straining to hear, while you keep both hands on the wheel. You can also use the MINIKIT Slim for talking on the phone at home while preparing meals, at work while you're using the computer, or doing any other tasks which require both hands.

You can take the MINIKIT Slim portable speakerphone with you in any vehicle. Slide it on your car's visor and use the 3-button keypad to dial, hang up, or change the volume coming through the MINIKIT's advanced flat-panel speaker.

The kit 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 Slim can pair with up to five compatible phones or devices 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 Slim. It's easy to use — just say a stored name and the MINIKIT Slim will dial the number. With select phones, you can store up to 150 different names from your address book.

The compact MINIKIT Slim 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 20 days 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 USB cable included
  • compatible with most Bluetooth phones
  • 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 2-3/8"H x 1-3/16"D
  • weight: 2.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Minikit Slim
  • Cigarette lighter charger with 16'' coiled cord
  • USB cable (USB Type A connector on one end and mini-USB Version 2.0 connector on the other)
  • Sun visor clip
  • Quick start guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Product registration card

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Features

Overview: The Parrot MiniKit Slim is a Bluetooth wireless kit which lets you talk on your mobile phone hands-free. Its built-in rechargeable battery and sun visor clip let 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 other electronic devices.

Compatibility: The MiniKit Slim has been tested and found compatible with multiple Bluetooth phone models from the brands listed below; see Parrot's web site for a full list of compatible phones. The unit is capable of pairing up to 5 different Bluetooth compatible mobile phones.

  • Apple (iPhone and iPhone 3G)
  • Blackberry
  • HP
  • HTC
  • i-mate
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • PalmOne
  • Q-tek
  • Sagem
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson
  • SPV orange

High-Fidelity Sound: The MiniKit Slim is a Bluetooth hands-free mobile speaker phone. It features full duplex speaker phone, Parrot's NR3 noise reduction, and AEC-2 echo cancellation. Instead of a conventional speaker, Parrot uses vibrating panel technology, the top panel is connected to the audio circuit and vibrates to reproduce natural, open sound. The unit also has a built-in, high sensitivity omni directional microphone.

Built-In Rechargeable Battery: The MiniKit Slim uses an internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery should be charged before its initial use. The battery has a talk time of approximately 15 hours and a standby time of over 20 days. It takes approximately 4 hours to recharge the battery. The MiniKit Slim comes supplied with a cigarette lighter charger for the car and a USB cable for charging with your computer. The charging LED on the MiniKit Slim will illuminate red when the unit is charging and turn off when the device is fully charged.

Sun Visor Clip: A sun visor bracket is supplied for fitting the Parrot MiniKit Slim to the sun visor of your vehicle, so that it can be used as a hands-free kits in your car. The MiniKit Slim can also be used in your home or office.

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

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

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 Slim device once you have paired your mobile phone with the MiniKit Slim.

Voice Recognition: The Parrot MiniKit Slim is designed to simplify calling with your mobile phone with 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 Slim so you can instantly dial a phone number by pushing the green button on the MiniKit Slim and saying the contact's name. You can store up to 150 voice-tags per phone.

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

Updating: The Parrot MiniKit Slim can be updated through the USB port. Update instructions appear in the support section of Parrot's website, www.parrot.com. Updating can make the MiniKit Slim compatible with more source devices.

Specifications

Bluetooth Specifications:

  • Bluetooth Version: v2.0 + EDR
  • Profiles Supported: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), and PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)
  • Maximum Range: approximately 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Pairing: connect up to five phones

MiniKit Slim Dimensions:

  • Height: 1.20"
  • Width: 2.37"
  • Depth: 4.36"
  • Weight: 2.93 oz (83 g)

Warranty

Warranty: The warranty on this unit is one year, parts and labor.

 

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4 out of 5

Good Product So Far

Written By Michael, Huntsville, AL on Monday, September 12, 2011
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Got this for my wife since she insists on talking on her cell while driving. It was the easiest Bluetooth pairing I've ever done. I didn't realize it at first, but it synced her entire contact list when I did the pairing. I wish the factory installed Bluetooth in my SUV was this easy.

The clip needs to be bigger or better able to handle thick, non-flexible sun visors- but otherwise it's easy to install. Voice recognition seems to work fine, but we'll have to see after my wife makes more calls. Call quality seems pretty good- a little static- but nothing too bad.

I would recommend this to anyone without factory Bluetooth- or for someone who doesn't want to wear an earpiece. For the price, it seems like a no-brainer.
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5 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT Slim

Written By Wally B, Fairfield, TX on Thursday, September 01, 2011
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Very EZ to enable & use. With power cords included for USB & auto it's a snap to stay connected.
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5 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT Slim

Written By frankt, Irvington, VA on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Added this to a vehicle used for work and am very pleased with the product. Sound
quality is good for me and the person on the other end. The Parrot synced well
with my Droid 2Global phone book and the voice recognition has worked well. As
others have noted, it would be nice to have a light letting me know the system was
on, but this is not a serious issue overall and a little discipline around my use is
working.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Awesome Finally

Written By Michael, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Finally, a bluetooth hands-free car kit that works great. I've gone through lots of these
and they have never satisfied me. Too noisy, volume too low, bad quality. The Parrot
Minikit Slim is fantastic. Great quality phone call and great features which I'm now
learning about. The only downside is, as others have said, there's no way to tell if it's on
or not, which is why I only gave 4 stars. But with a 20 day stand-by time that's not really a
problem. And as far as Crutchfield's service, I felt like my doorbell rang with the delivery
as I pushed the confirm button on the order....LOL. Seriously, it got here really quickly
and their service is awesome. And it's nice to know that they're there for me if I have a
problem. Go Crutchfield!!!
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4 out of 5

MiniSlim kit

Written By Beth, northern Indiana on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Have had this for about one month. So far it has worked fine, paired two phones without a
problem. Fortunately I paired the main phone we use first so it gets priority by the unit when
both phones together in the car. After putting in the phone books I went through the voice
recognition of each contact because I could not understand the digital voice. In this way I
could figure out and re-record some of the entries in my voice and thereby recognize them.
Talking to the unit to make a call works well.
To tell if power on simply hit jog dial and lights come on if the unit is on, otherwise nothing
happens. By accident I learned that when no phones are in the care and on the unit turns
itself of rather quickly. This is a plus for power savings but annoying when running errands
and getting in and out of car as I have to rermember to turn it back on.
The power cord of the car charger is too short and the one I got did not seat securely
making it useless. However the other charging cord with USB end works with my iPhone
charger for in house charging. I purchased a car cigarette charger that accepts The USB
cable and it is long enough so now it can charge in the car if need be.
The unit works as I was hoping so I would recommend it for cars like mine where the radio
is not blue tooth and you want an easy solution for a reasonable price because my next car
will likely have all of this built in.
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4 out of 5

Good, bordering on Great

Written By Sean, SWARTHMORE, PA on Monday, January 31, 2011
 
Item would be 100 percent if there was a visible indicator that the item is turned on. That is
literally the only problem. It sets up in secs and works great, but it isn't easy to know when it
is turned on, thus it has a tendency to run out of juice.
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4 out of 5

Works Great with Droid

Written By Wolf P, Bluffton SC on Friday, November 19, 2010
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Droid is a great phone but the BlueTooth interactivity is not as good as my old BB. It fills the gap and comes close to the BB BT experience. The Parrot is rated as a four star speakerphone. Wish it had a light to see when it is on.
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4 out of 5

If it had an on light it would be perfect

Written By Marty, Naples,Fl. on Monday, September 27, 2010
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I got this for my wife and her car.She has a bluetooth ear unit but finds it uncomfortable or forgets it.When we got the Parrot I charged it up and hooked it on the sunviser of her Smart for two,paired it with her I phone, it read her phone book,job done.You just need to remember to turn it on and off because it has no light.It's simple to operate,sound quality on sending and receiving is excellent.
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5 out of 5

Amazingly Simple

Written By Travis, WA on Monday, June 28, 2010
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This product exceeded my expectations! After reading the reviews of how easy it was to use, I was excited to try it out. I received it, charged it, and turned on my phone's bluetooth. It immediately sync'd and I made a call right away using the voice dial feature. The caller said that he couldn't tell that I was on a speaker phone and that it sounded crisp and clear. I will recommend this to all of my friends!!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW it really is easy as it says

Written By Anonymous, Chicago IL on Thursday, April 01, 2010
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WOW this was one of the simplest electronic items I have ever had to use and set-up. Powered the unit up, turned bluetooth on for my phone (HTC Fuze) and it linked, downloaded my phone book and started all in seconds with nothing needed from me. Voice and sound is clear and I am extremely happy
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Best choice for iPhone

Written By cag4, San Diego, CA on Saturday, May 16, 2009
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The Good: This the *only* bluetooth handsfree device to use with the iPhone. Why? Because for some unknown reason, the iPhone does not support voice dialing, so it is unsafe to use in a moving car, period. This device off-loads the contacts onto the device and has *excellent* voice recognition/dialing built in... it just works.

The Bad: The sound quality in the car is so-so... the flat-panel speaker is acceptable, but not great, and the volume level is moderate... it can be difficult to hear over road noise, stereo, loud AC, etc.

The Bad 2: There is no visible indicator that the device is on and connected, so I've turned it on and off several times to make sure it was on. My Motorola T-305 was decent, but the blinking Blue light was annoying at night... what would be nice is something really subtle, but visible to indicate that the device is working.

The Bad 3: Battery life is short -- I've had to recharge on average every couple of days, vs. weeks for the Motorola.

All-in-all, I highly recommend the device if your phone doesn't support voice dialing internally... in fact if you have an iPhone *don't buy anything else!*
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Parrot MINIKIT Slim

Written By Scott, Spirit Lake IA on Saturday, February 21, 2009
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I would definitely buy again. I have recommended to friends and family. I really like how well it downloads phonebook. Voice recognition is really important feature, although it is not perfect. It does take working with it to understand how to use, as user guide with it and the one available at Parrot website do not clearly explain some properties.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Workable but not intuitive

Written By Anonymous, Chicago, IL on Monday, February 02, 2009
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The device is easy to connect with after a full charge. Nice appearance, and it is the size of your palm. There appears to be some nice voice command auto-dial features but the manual lacks clear instructions to incorporate, even for a techie. The device is not intuitive nor is it labeled very clearly. Sound quality is good but the microphone needs to be angled towards your mouth connected/swiveled on your visor. Works good as a portable speaker phone for remote meetings.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Suprised at how easy it is

Written By George, Mount Airy, Md on Friday, January 02, 2009
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Gave one to both my wife and daugther for Christmas. Both agree it is easy
to use and it makes it easier for them when they are travling. They realy
thought it would hard to use and inconvienant. Glade we were all suprised.
I'll be getting my own next.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Talking in the car within minutes of delivery

Written By jmq70, Chicago, IL on Saturday, December 13, 2008
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I just purchased an 06 E350 without Bluetooth capability. I've really gotten used to bluetooth in my wifes car and think its the greatest. I really didn't want to install anything on the dash if I didn't have to as I don't like the look of aftermarket gadgets.

This device caught my eye because it was much more attractive and a little slimmer than the original minikit, but I was apprehensive because it was so new and there was only one review.

Once I received it I was blown away. It was much smaller than I even anticipated. It fits very nicely on the visor. I plugged it into my computer to charge it and it immediately downloaded my entire Blackberry Phonebook, which has thousands of entries. I couldn't wait to try it out in the car, and I was not dissappointed. By simply pressing the green butten and saying "Call Liz", the voice reads back to you what they found and then asks for "Home, work or cell phone". It then dials. Amazing.

People have also stated that they can't even tell that I'm in the car, which was always my complaint with the Bluetooth ear sets.

Bottom line, this product exceeded my expectations and talking in the car now is not a hassle.
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works Beautifully

Written By Bill, Westwood, NJ on Monday, December 01, 2008
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I love this device!!! Comes with two cables, one for the PC and one for the car (both are mini-USB), so I suspect you can use any mini-usb charger for this (but haven't tried it).
The menu "speaks" to you in a female British Accent, which far nicer than some of the lousy digital voices out there in some products. Additionally, it "reads" your phonebook to you, and does a fair job doing so correctly.
Setup is easy. Works with my LG EnV2 as well as my wife's Motorola W385.
Sound is very clear, and speaker works well. The controls are easy to use, and it automatically picks up our respective phones depending on who is using the vehicle. People have told me that they cannot tell I'm on a speakerphone, which is nice. The units construction is plastic, but is still very solid. Battery life is good, and I was happy to find that the unit came fully charged, as I was heading out when it arrived.
Fits nicely on the visor of my 2004 Cadillac CTS, as well as my wife's 2000 Dodge Intrepid. Stays snug and does not slide around. You can also just set it in the cupholder of the car or elsewhere, and it seems to pickup speaking voices nicely...but appears to work best when on the visor.
This is saving us a couple of hundred a year vs. using OnStar w/Verizon wireless minutes.
Arrived in two business days with regular shipping, and works precisely as described in their wonderful product descriptions. Kudos to Parrot for a fine product and to Crutchfield for carrying it!
40 out of 45 people found this helpful
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