SuperTooth HD Assess
At the end of the day, most Bluetooth speakerphones do pretty much the same thing. They sit on a car’s sun visor and let public pledge and initiate calls. It can be a struggle for hardware manufacturers to differentiate their speakers from the next one. In SuperTooth’s case, its SuperTooth HD stands out for its voice-commanded shared network integration, a figure called Handsfree Supporter that, at the touch of a button, enables you to check and update your Chirrup and Facebook status, fire off quick text post, and send and hear e-mail using modest more than the sound of your voice.
The SuperTooth HD has both physical and voice reins. On the face of the unit, there’s a large number knob that can be pressed as a button. Just below that are two LED indicators for Bluetooth connection status and power status. Tender down, there is a power button and a SuperTooth Handsfree Supporter button, which we’ll chat about later. The back of the unit is home to two commanding magnets that glue the unit to its comes off metal visor clip. We liked that the LED lighting reluctantly dimmed at night, since other units require a blue-collar disabling of the indicator lights.
Along the right edge of the skeleton is a Micro-USB port for charging the device using the included 12-volt USB adapter and Micro-USB cable. Charging from a dead array takes about 3 hours, after which you’ll have between 20 hours of talk time and 40 days of standby.On the first boot of the SuperTooth HD, the unit offers a scale between U.K. English, American English, and French female voices for spoken prompts. We chose American English, despite the fact that the voice sounded very depressed compared with the U.K. English voice. Next, the unit reluctantly enters mixture mode, in which the select voice prompter guides you through finding the SuperTooth HD and mixture via your handset’s Bluetooth menu. An involuntary detection figure allows some handsets to skip the formality of four-digit PIN entry. Once paired, the unit will attempt to download take up book entries from the connected handset.Incoming calls are announced with spoken caller ID for synced take up book entries and can be answered or following-hand by austerely adage “Pledge” or “Snub,” without sad the device.
Other voice orders are accessed by pressing the focal point of the number dial and contain basic orders for checking array level, checking connection status, and mission home, personnel, urgent situation air force, or one of up to five point contacts. There’s also a mandate to hand off voice reins to your phone’s voice dialer attention if one is present.
We had a hard time telling which end of the SuperTooth HD was the affair end at first, the rounded one or the flat one. The rounded end is home to a single pinhole microphone. The flat end holds the unit’s two speakers (obscure behind a hard grille) and yet a additional pinhole microphone. Now, one of those mikes is for noise cancellation and the other for voice pickup, but the blue-collar doesn’t really clarify which is which. After an full day of using the unit in the incorrect orientation, we
the start complained of not being able to hear us plainly.
With the SuperTooth HD in the right orientation, microphone feature seemed to dramatically improve when we experienced person it in our parked and stationary test vehicle. Callers also said the microphone’s capture feature did not decline when we got the vehicle tender, so the noise-cancellation equipment seems to be doing a excellent job of filtering out road and wind noise.
Behind the SuperTooth HD’s grille are two small speakers that fire sound away from the user in a “V” shape. Since of the orientation, most of the sound that you hear in fact seems to be bouncing back at the driver from the dashboard and windshield. This means that the voice of the caller seems to be appearance from ahead of you, very than from above you. Our audio podcast test takes the cellular network out of the equation by streaming audio straight from the handset’s media player and yielded reasonable clarity, but there’s no escaping the vaguely harsh void of such small speakers when the number is cranked to higher levels.
The SuperTooth HD’s Handsfree Supporter (HFA) Web benefit integration is handled via a dial-in benefit powered by Dial2Do. Registering for the benefit online by providing an admittance code that’s in black and white on the back of the device and a phone digit gets you six months of free access to the benefit. While on the SuperTooth HFA site, you can grant log-in in rank for your Facebook, Chirrup, and e-mail accounts and add contacts that you’d like to be able to access via voice. When the HFA button is pressed, your phone reluctantly dials the benefit.
The SuperTooth HD’s Handsfree Supporter benefit is fascinating and, given a bit of patience and prudence on the part of the user, works as advertised. It’s far from exact, but it’s fantastic for quickly firing off small text post or Chirrup posts that, for model, let your friends know you’ll be in succession late or that the reservation has been changed. There are iPhone, BlackBerry, and Apparatus apps that will do an even better job for a much lower price than the $39.99 per year that SuperTooth is asking. Even if, if you don’t own a smartphone, SuperTooth HD’s Handsfree Supporter is an adequate way to handle texting and shared networking while on the road.
Further than of the value that you might assign to Handsfree Supporter, the SuperTooth HD is still a very excellent, like a log the acting Bluetooth speakerphone. You liable will not be disappointed with its performance and feature, but the HD didn’t wow us the way the Jabra Freeway did with its exceptional audio feature or the BlueAnt S4 did with its voice mandate logic. At the end of the day, unless you’re attracted in Handsfree Supporter (and will to pay to keep using it past the six months included), you’ll find modest wits to point out the SuperTooth HD over the other visor-mount speakerphones on the promote.
SuperTooth HD excellent:
The SuperTooth HD offers square sound feature with a noise-cancelling microphone that filters out road and wind noise. Incoming calls figure spoken caller ID and can be answered or declined with spoken orders. You can update your Chirrup and Facebook account, send text post, and check e-mail using modest more than your voice.
SuperTooth HD terrible:
The Handsfree Supporter logic can be trying to use and requires a monthly or yearly subscription.
SuperTooth HD underside line:
The SuperTooth HD’s hardware is excellent, but its Handsfree Supporter shared network, text messaging, and e-mail integration benefit is both its claim to fame and its Achilles’ heel.