Being in the market for a Bluetooth hands-free kit myself, it’s always interesting to see what French innovators Parrot come up with. Their latest device could realistically be described as a crossover between portable and installed kits – it has the integration and sound-processing capabilities of a wired-in model, but with the ease of transportation of previous cigarette lighter plug-in units.
The PMK5800 plugs in as previous models have, but has a built-in FM transmitter so you can use your cars speakers to hear the caller. A2DP Bluetooth support means music streaming from a compatible DAP is possible too (such as from the Samsung T9 I reviewed today), and apparently pressing the FM preset on your radio will automatically answer an incoming call. A 1-line, six character display makes tuning and setup simple.
As for sound gubbins, there’s full-duplex, DSP to take care of noise reduction and echo cancellation, a line-in input for devices without Bluetooth A2DP (I’m looking at you, iPod) and voicetag speech dialling for up to 150 contacts.
It launches this summer priced at €89 ($120)