The Good The Anycom Solar Car Kit makes inventive use of an integrated solar panel to extend its already impressive battery life as a Bluetooth speakerphone. The device features a stylish design and delivers clear, albeit tinny, call quality.
The Bad The simplicity of the device's hardware leads to a complicated user experience, as drivers have to learn a list of specific button-pushing combinations to access its full feature set.
The Bottom Line For those who can master its controls, the sleek Anycom Solar Car Kit is a decent-sounding Bluetooth speakerphone with a good battery life and a cool--if gimmicky--solar-charging option.
Anycom SCK-1 Solar Bluetooth Car Kit
Solar power is a hot topic nowadays, and even Bluetooth speakerphones are getting in on the action. While a complete switch of the all the world's speakerphones to solar energy won't make much of a dent in total energy conservation, the idea of including a photovoltaic panel into a calling aid may give you a few extra minutes of talk time, if you forget your in-car charger.
If your speakerphone is going to be attached to your car's windshield, you might as well try to soak up some of that sunlight, right? Well, so the reasoning goes for the designers of the Anycom Solar Car Kit, a stylish Bluetooth speakerphone that differentiates itself from the pack through its solar-charging capabilities.
With its sleek design and complimentary black lacquer and matte silver-plastic trim, the Anycom Solar Car Kit is a good-looking product. Adding to its visual appeal are its rear-mounted solar panel and its large, multifunction button, which acts as the primary interface for most of the device's controls. The simplicity of the Solar Car Kit's design does, however, have its drawbacks.