Voice dialling is supported on the kit itself, but setting it up is rather complicated. You must first navigate the menu to record the keywords and magic words – such as ‘Home’, ‘Mobile’ and ‘Hang up’. You have to record each of these twice. To then be able to actually call someone, you have to transport your contacts to the kit and record a voice print for each of them.
Depending on your phone, you have two options – the Parrot supports automatic contact sync, so if you have a phone that will do that all your contacts will turn up on the Parrot device with the minimum of intervention. Otherwise, you have to use the scroll wheel to select the Receive Contacts menu on the Parrot, then manually bluetooth them over. Once you’ve selected a contact, you can record a voice print for it.
Using voice dialling, once the palava of setting it up is done, is not too bad at all. Pressing the green button, then saying “Phone” “Benny” “Work” results in a call to the office line. It doesn’t always work 100 per cent, but it’s pretty close.
The Parrot kit is not cheap, at £125 or thereabouts. It’s a fair bit cheaper than the ‘professional’ grade kits which come in at £200 or so, but also quite away above the Borg approach – which can cost around £50 for a decent headset. Does the MK6000 justify the price tag?
Well, the music streaming is novel, and is a feature not offered by many other kits. If you are a big music phone person – and maybe, with the rumoured iPhone, we all will be soon – this will be a good solution for you. On the plus side, it’s also true that call quality is pretty good, and the voice dialling works well.
But there are downsides. There is no screen, so you can’t see who’s calling you – a feature some competing kits are now starting to integrate. The lack of a decent mounting mechanism for the control unit is also a bit of a problem.
But that said, the Parrot works reliably and really covers the bases that it sets out to. If you’re a mobile music fan, you’ll love this – if not, evaluate it against the other cost options before taking the dive.