Neat little design, still good if you use a case!
This item arrived in a nicely designed, solid cardboard, printed protective box. The box opened nicely to show a well laid out interior, with the transmitter protected in a plastic packet, with plastic sheets protecting the glossy front and back of the unit. Inside the box were the unit itself, a micro-USB cable, and a car cigarette lighter USB power adapter, along with a basic instruction manual.
I think it’s a nice touch that the power plug has a standard USB socket, so you can use it to either power your phone, or power the device. The device has a battery, and there is a battery level indicator in the display, so you can use it without it being constantly plugged in.
There’s a nice backlight to the display, but the actual functions are quite basic. When it comes to working this thing, you plug it into the 3.5mm headphone jack of your phone, switch it on, select a frequency to transmit on (any FM frequency at .1 intervals), and tune in your radio.
Output from the device was quite good compared to others I’ve tested, you didn’t have to turn the radio volume right up or anything, and the quality’s great. There is no microphone input, so you can’t really use this as a handsfree kit, it’s purely for sound output. I did however try a phone call, and the audio came out of the radio speakers. With the iPhone microphone being quite good, it worked surprisingly well, but other phones may vary.
Having iPhones, I think it’s a bit of a shame that the earphone plug is on the right, as with the device in line with the phone, you can’t see the display. The thing is though, you only tune it once, so you don’t actually need to see the display, so it’s a very minor niggle.
The earphone jack is quite long, and I found it worked through quite thick cases, still fully clicking home with space to spare. I can definitely recommend this device if you’re looking for a decent FM transmitter.
Thanks to VicTop for providing this item at a discount for review.