PLX Kiwi Bluetooth review: PLX Kiwi Bluetooth

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 10.0
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The Good Installing the PLX Kiwi Bluetooth is as simple as plugging in a cable. The device supplies vehicle diagnostic information to many free and paid Android apps.

The Bad Users must supply their own mounting and cable management hardware (zip-ties, double-sided tape).

The Bottom Line At less than half what you'd expect to pay for a standalone device, the PLX Kiwi Bluetooth is a great OBD monitoring solution for the Android smartphone-toting car geek.

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The PLX Kiwi Bluetooth is a simple device that only does one thing: act as a bridge between your Bluetooth-enabled Android phone and your car's onboard diagnostics port (OBD-II). The 1.25 inch tall by 2.75 inches wide by 0.7 inch deep glossy black plastic box features little more than the PLX Devices logo and a small connection status LED marked "LINK" on its top surface and a tiny power switch on one side.

Installation and setup
The Kiwi Bluetooth unit connects to your car via a 6-foot cable with a standard 16-pin OBD-II connector at the other end. That's a generous length of cord for a wireless device, but it's better to have more than you need than not enough to reach. I suppose that the long cord could come in handy, if you wanted to mount the Kiwi Bluetooth somewhere visible. However, PLX has neglected to include any sort of mounting hardware or accessories, so bring your own zip-ties or double-sided tape, attach the Kiwi Bluetooth to the underside of your dashboard, and forget it.

PLX recommends that you connect the Kiwi Bluetooth to your car before starting the engine. With the motor running, the PLX Devices logo on the Kiwi's face should glow blue to indicate that the device is active.

From here, you'll finish setup on your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone. Jump to the Settings menu, then the Wireless & networks submenu and finally select Bluetooth settings. Scan for Bluetooth devices and select the PLX Device from the list when it appears. You'll be prompted to input the four-digit PIN that is provided in the manual that accompanies the Kiwi Bluetooth. The device and your handset will then be paired and able to communicate with each other.

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Where to Buy

PLX Kiwi Bluetooth

Part Number: GSSTBLUETOOTH

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.