Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone
Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone. Click image to enlarge

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Parrot Wireless

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Review and photos by Frank Rizzuti

Recently introduced by Parrott, the Minikit Slim is a portable Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone featuring a space saving design that can be used in the car, at home or in the office. Capable of text-to-speech function, it allows the entire phonebook to be available via voice synthesis of the names, which allows the use of phones that don’t have a voice-dialling feature. Parrot claims “stunning sound quality and crystal-clear conversations.”

Included in the box are the speakerphone, 12-volt car charger and USB cable for charging through a computer. The speakerphone must be charged before first use; a red indicator LED is located next to the USB charging port which will go out once fully charged. Initial charge time was about two hours and it seemed to take a little longer when charging through the USB port of my laptop. When battery level gets low the Minikit starts to emit a series of beeps.

Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone
Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone. Click image to enlarge

The device features two buttons, green to answer and red to hang up or ignore, and a jog wheel for volume and to scroll through the menus.

Pairing the device to my phone was very easy. The procedure is to turn on the Minikit by pressing the red button for a few seconds, then enabling Bluetooth on your phone (the method will vary depending on model of phone). Once the phone finds the Minikit, you enter the PIN, which in this case is 1234 instead of the industry standard of 0000. The device will announce “pairing successful” and then begin loading all your contacts. The device has the ability of pairing up to five phones and if a sixth phone is paired it will announce “memory is full.” To clear memory, hold both red and green buttons for three seconds. The device can also be rebooted by pressing the reset button on the back of the Minikit.

When a call is received a voice announces the name if it is stored in your phonebook, and the call is answered by pressing the green button or ignored by pressing the red button. You can place a call in two different ways: the first method is by pressing the jog wheel to enter the main menu, choosing phonebook, and scrolling to the first letter of your contact; the other is by using voice dialling, which is accomplished by pressing the green button to launch voice recognition, saying “call” and the name of your contact.

Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone
Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone. Click image to enlarge

The sound quality of both incoming and outgoing calls was excellent; the voice dialling feature worked well and the battery seemed to last forever – I used the device for about a month before it needed a recharge. The device is small, compact and the visor clip worked well to keep it firmly in place.

The only thing I didn’t like about the Minikit is its inability to automatically establish a connection when you enter your vehicle. In order for it to connect automatically the device must be plugged into the 12-volt power source.

The Minikit Slim retails for $149.99 and is available at most electronic retailers. For more information check out Parrot.com.

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