TaoTronics Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter – Review
TaoTronics has recently released the TT-FT02 which is a dedicated in-car FM transmitter. Its a great little piece of kit, it plugs into the cars lighter socket and connects to your mobile via Bluetooth. Once connected it allows you to stream music to your car via an FM signal, and also allows for calls to be answered while out and about. With volume controls and skip buttons you can control the music from the transmitter.
What really stands out about this piece of tech is the design. It’s interesting as it comes in two parts. The base of the TT-FT02 is what you’d plug into your car and on the top of the base is a USB port, which means you can use this and still charge gadgets such as mobiles or sat navs. The base has a bendable arm with a magnetic top and this is used to attach and charge the second section of the device, the FM transmitter. Once assembled it’s a tall standing bit of kit, which has good and bad points. The good point being its “there” you can always see it, and you dont have to fumble around to find it, the bad is that it has to be positioned correctly. Otherwise you may get caught on it etc.
The FM transmitter is a cylinder shaped device, which has a section with all the controls you need. The top acts as a button allowing you to play/pause/answer calls, there are skip forward/back buttons and towards the base is a rotatable ring which is used to alter the FM frequency being transmitted.
Setup was extremely easy, plug the TT-FT02 into your car, pair the phone, set the FM frequency, tune in to the frequency and away you go! Sound quality was very pretty good and I loved the ability to charge a mobile at the same time is very useful if you’re heading off on a long trip and don’t want a low mobile battery when you arrive.
Taking calls was a breeze, when the phone rung, all I had to do was press the top button and that picked up the call. Sound quality again was good, and I didn’t have any complaints from the person calling me.
The controls are fairly easy to use, the ability to remove the top section from its magnetic base, means a passenger can make adjustments if required. One complaint I do have is that after testing I felt the TT-FTo2 would benefit from switching the FM dial and skip track buttons. When driving around I kept wanting to just twist to the left or right to skip a track, instead you have to look around for the small buttons. The FM ring would be much easier to find without looking, and in some cases it was knocked while attempting to skip track meaning the FM frequency suddenly changed and the music was lost.
This is a great little piece of kit to have in the car. Having a portable FM transmitter means you dont have to touch your phone for whole journey, which is definitely a lot safer to do.