Parrot MK6100 Bluetooth Hands Free Kit

by Mark R

Sure, we have covered Parrot products before, with their MINIKIT, NFC, and Digital Frame products, and so it stands to reason they would make Bluetooth Hands-Free kits. One of their latest products is the MK6100, which allows for easy, hands-free Bluetooth compatibility.

Considering the new laws that have been passed in certain countries that require hands-free wireless devices for communication in automobiles, the MK6100 comes at an opportune time. One of its main features is that it allows users to establish a phone conversation in a vehicle without the use of a phone. The pairing has been made very simple, and all it requires is hitting the green button, and the call is picked up.

Another feature is the ability to synchronize names and phone numbers in the user’s mobile phone with the MK6100’s phone book function. When a user receives a call, the name and number are automatically displayed on the screen.

The sound is very high-quality, and each one of the two built-in microphones act as two human ears. I’m told that they can eliminate all noises in the voice range. The MK6100 is also able to play MP3s from any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) source.

You should be able to purchase the Parrot MK6100 at the Parrot site for about $299.99.


One review or comment

Douglas Garber Says: November 2, 2008 at 6:36 am

I installed the MK6100 in my Ford Explorer. After spending an additional $60 for a wiring harness to make it compatible with my radio, it installed easily.

Now the rest of the story. The wireless remote control only works occasionally. If it is not working, you will not be able to make a call. A new battery does not solve the problem. The mic is in the display. That mic is pretty much useless as you won’t be heard even when shouting. They know that it is a problem because the kit comes with a separate mic that can be installed closer to your mouth. I installed it on the sun visor so that it is within 6 inches of my mouth. I still get complaints that the other party can’t hear me. Talking loudly doesn’t seem to help.

If you have an iPhone there are additional problems. First, the firmware must be downgraded to an earlier version to be compatible with the phone. In that downgrade you lose some of the functionality of the system. If the remote happens to be working and you touch the green “answer” button, the MK6100 will dial the last number that you called on the phone. If that is not what you intended to do, you cannot stop the call with the MK6100. You must stop the call with the phone itself. Since the remote is attached to the steering wheel, I occasionally touch it. I have had to make several apologies.

I consider this unit a waste of money. I will remove it from my car and search for something that is usable.

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