Most Car Kits available today in the market are restricted due to one factor: limited battery life. However NoiseHush’s N650 is one that virtually gives unlimited talk time, thanks to its built-in solar charging capabilities. We took the hands-free kit for test drive and this is what we found.
The packaged contents consist of a hands-free device, two suction cups, a transparent casing and a car charger.
The device is made entirely of the plastic with the solar panel placed at the back. There’s a single line monochrome LCD display placed on the front with three buttons and a large speaker beneath it. The sides consist of the power on/off/pairing button, A/T sync or phonebook button and mini USB port for charging.
To use the device with the phone is pretty easy. All you need to is pair the phone with the device by long pressing the power on button. . However, one thing to note here is pairing only works when the hands-free is switched off.
One nifty feature of NoiseHush N650 is the ability to sync your phonebook. Pressing the A/T sync button allows the user to store their phonebook contacts which can be used to call contacts directly from the device. Many of the other Bluetooth car kits lack this kind of feature.
Moving onto N650’s audio performance, we won’t rate it as one of the best but it works pretty well. The hands-free features DSP Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression system that greatly improves the voice call quality but it is below par when you try to stream music.
Another noteworthy feature is N650’s battery life. NoiseHush claims about 160 hours of standby time and talk time of up to 10 hours. Our usage gave us a standby of more than 5 days along with a talk time of in excess of 6 hours. But in case, you find yourself running out of juice more than often, the hands-free kit’s solar panel or miniUSB car charger could come to your rescue. Although solar charging is a very handy feature we found that it’s better if you try to charge via the miniUSB. This is due to the fact that the kit needs bright sunlight and even if you manage to get that, it will take more than 25 hours charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent.
The N650’s selling point is its solar charger at the back but couple of things that makes the N650 better as compared to other Bluetooth-powered hands-free kit is the inclusion of a small display and ability to sync and use user’s phonebook.
The N650 is available from Wireless Ground for $59.95.
Pros: Solar power, Phonebook sync
Cons: Plastic body looks flimsy