Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone

The Good Automatically downloading the phonebook and giving you quick access to entries via voice command and rotary encoder sets the Parrot Minikit Slim apart from your average speakerphone. NXT flat panel speaker technology creates an exceptionally light and thin design.

The Bad The visor clip feels cheaply made and doesn't do a good job of keeping the Minikit Slim in place. Lack of a power mode light or display makes it difficult to tell whether the device is on or in standby.

The Bottom Line The Parrot Minikit Slim makes it very easy to make and receive calls without taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone, but a poorly executed visor clip makes this otherwise excellent speakerphone feel cheaper than it is.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
7.3 Overall

Review

Parrot Minikit Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone

With its simple interface and slim profile, the Parrot Minikit Slim is a very attractive looking Bluetooth speakerphone. Dig a little deeper and you'll find an intuitive feature set that makes placing calls from the device simple. However, use the Minikit Slim for an extended period of time and you'll begin to notice a shoddier build quality than you'd expect from an otherwise great device.

Design
The first thing we noticed about the Parrot Minikit Slim is how slim it was. Thanks to NXT flat panel speaker technology, the conventional conical speaker is replaced by a flat, vibrating panel, effectively making the entire front surface of the device a speaker and resulting in an extremely compact design. At the business end of the device, there is a pinhole for the omnidirectional microphone, below which is the rotary button, which can be twisted to access menus and adjust volume and pressed to make selections. Flanking the rotary button are the call answer and call end buttons. The end button also serves the dual function of being the power switch.

Once powered on, there's no visual confirmation in the form of a power light, which led to more than one confusing instance where we attempted to turn the device on and actually ended up turning it off. However, once we'd learned to trust that the device could handle its power modes on its own, operation went smoothly.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $99
  • Brand Parrot Company
  • CE Product Type Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone
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