The Best Portable Hands-Free Kit Ever?

Posted on August 31st, 2010, by Richard Yarrow

I’m not generally in the business of recommending motoring products. If you want to buy the best car shampoo, dashboard wipes, etc, I think you should do your own research. But when it comes to safety gear I think it’s relevant that people in my privileged position – ie, with easy access to different stuff – give an opinion. I’m clearly not alone in needing a hands-free kit for my phone, but it’s amazing how many drivers don’t bother, and put lives at risk by illegally holding the handset to their ear. A hands-free kit is vital for me. I spend a lot of time on the road, and as a freelance journalist I get a lot of calls on my mobile. The problem is I’m rarely in one car for very long, so I prefer the highly portable ‘clip on the sunvisor’ type which I can keep in my work bag.

I’ve recently been trying the Parrot Minikit Slim and it’s by far the best I’ve ever used. The key thing is the voice-dialling; I know many kits don’t offer this, and to my mind they should be banned. If you’ve got to look at the phone to make a call, you’re not watching the road.

The Parrot syncs perfectly with my iPhone 3G and that includes all my contacts. There’s no pre-recording of voicetags or any other faffing about. Everytime I turn it on it auto-syncs to my phone, and to make a call I just reach up to the unit and press the big button with the green LED (pictured). It asked me who I want to call, I speak their name, and it does the rest. It couldn’t be easier and the phone can stay in my pocket. Why all kits don’t have voice-dialling as standard I don’t know. I think they’re dangerous without it. I got my Parrot Minikit Slim from where it’s £54.95 well spent.

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