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Satechi Soundfly View Bluetooth FM Transmitter Review

Feb 6 2012, 1:36pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

Satechi Soundfly View Bluetooth FM Transmitter Review
 
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FM transmitter shoots calls and music to your car audio system


Specifications

The Satechi Soundfly View has a 2-inch LCD screen and is mounted on a short stalk that lets the screen stick out from the DC port inside the vehicle. It has an integrated FM transmitter allowing you to play your music from your smart phone on your car's audio system, even if your vehicle lacks an auxiliary input. The device has Bluetooth A2DP support and has a 3.5 mm auxiliary input for smartphones or MP3 players that lack Bluetooth. It also has a USB charging port and SD card slot. The device is available now for $79.99.

In Use

I have used many hands-free Bluetooth devices over the years, and most of them are pretty much the same. You can find some that have better audio quality than others but all of them today function and work decently. If you have a smart phone that features Bluetooth and want the ability get your music from that smartphone to your car stereo system there are several ways you can do it. However, if your car lacks an auxiliary input you will need an FM transmitter or you will need to wire your own auxiliary input in.

The Satechi Soundfly View is interesting because not only does it support hands-free phone calls, but also has integrated FM transmitter. That FM transmitter allows you to sync your phone via Bluetooth to the device in the and you can skip to music out your car with no wires on an unused FM station and audio from your phone call is also sent out to your car stereo.

I have used some FM transmitters in the past that only broadcast on a couple stations that the maker assumed to be empty. However, I found that in almost every instance, the stations in my area had some bleed over from other stations making audio quality horrible. I think one of the best features of the Satechi Soundfly View is that its FM transmitter transmits on every frequency available from 88.1 MHz to 107.9 MHz.

The LCD display supports RDS information, caller ID, and song information so you know what you are listening to. When using the Satechi Soundfly View for Bluetooth audio or voice calls, the audio quality is good. You need to search around and find a station with the least interference from other stations to get good audio quality. The mic does pick up a little bit of background noise, but overall you can clearly hear and be heard. The only bad thing I can say about the Satechi Soundfly View is that depending on how your vehicle is designed and where the DC port is located, you may or may not be able to use this device. If your DC port is deep inside some sort of storage bin, you may need to shop elsewhere.

Verdict

Pros

  • Lots of FM frequencies to choose from
  • Supports audio and voice calls
  • Includes a remote

Cons

  • Design may not work with all vehicles
 

Conclusion

The Satechi Soundfly View is a solid Bluetooth hands-free device that also works for music and has an FM tuner. Just be sure it will work with your vehicle before you purchase. It should work with any vehicle that does not have a deeply recessed DC port.

8.5
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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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