Kinivo BTC450

6/10 AVG.
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  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450
  • Kinivo BTC450

Specs / Features


Hands-Free car kit designed for answering and receiving calls with any Bluetooth smartphone - iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc | Seamlessly stream music from any Bluetooth (A2DP) capable device; supports aptX for CD quality audio | Built-in microphone and easy to use music controls | Provides audio through your 3.5mm input in Car Stereo when playing music and answering phone calls | Requires 3.5mm audio input in the car stereo

Hands-Free car kit designed for answering and receiving calls with any Bluetooth smartphone - iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc | Seamlessly stream music from any Bluetooth (A2DP) capable device; supports aptX for CD quality audio | Built-in microphone and easy to use music controls | Provides audio through your 3.5mm input in Car Stereo when playing music and answering phone calls | Requires 3.5mm audio input in the car stereo

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Specification

Brand Kinivo
Model BTC450
Size 12 x 12 cm (4.7 x 4.7 in)

Reviews summary

6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 4 reviews

What's good

  • Supports Bluetooth A2DP for streaming music wirelessly
  • Easy to use with 3.5mm input in car stereo
  • Built-in mic can be used for speakerphone functionality
  • Tiny and inexpensive

What's bad

  • Lacks a built-in display
  • No internal battery
  • No voice command support

The Kinovo BTC450 is a Bluetooth hands-free car kit that offers a quick and easy way to enable a number of different Bluetooth features in the car for a fairly reasonable price. Its small size -- just 12x12 cm -- makes it easy to add onto any dashboard.

It has one huge button flanked by two smaller ones and a pair of LED indicators for things like pairing and other functions. It basically looks like a thick but tiny disk, and reviewers have observed the same. Its built-in audio and power cords are also prominent, as they stem from a single wire that branches out of the Kinovo BTC450’s body.

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One of the Kinovo BTC450’s biggest selling points is that it can be used with cars that don’t come with built-in Bluetooth speaker systems as standard. That means older cars that lack built-in Bluetooth functionality, but are fitted with aux headphone input in the car stereo. This is all made possible with the Kinovo BTC450’s 3.5mm audio adapter. Cnet’s Wayne Cunningham gives it praise in this regard, noting that its use helps with “enabling hands-free phone calls and wirelessly streaming music from a smartphone.”

The Tech Reviewer rated the Kinivo BTC450 as “excellent,” adding further that, “I think your money is well spent purchasing this kit especially compared to higher priced competitors.” The Electro Gent also found it to be worth recommending, describing it mainly as “one of the most user-friendly gadgets” ever made for the car. Its affordability and simplicity evidently add up when it comes to giving value for money.

According to most reviews, the Kinivo BTC450’s biggest drawback is its lack of a rechargeable built-in battery. It needs to be plugged into a car’s 12v power point in order to work, and Cnet cautions that leaving it plugged in when a car is parked for an extended amount of time “may end up draining the car's battery.” But if you think this one main drawback isn’t something you need to be worried about, then there’s plenty of reasons to like the Kinivo BTC450. Overall, reviewers say that it’s just too useful and too cheap to pass up.

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

Almost as good as the GoGroove Mini Aux

from The Wirecutter

The $40 Kinivo BTC450 was almost as good as the GoGroove Mini Aux. Audio was clear and distortion-free for music and phone calls. Additionally, this is the only AUX kit we tested that has a dedicated button for skipping between songs on the device itself. However, it requires the car’s ciga...More

The $40 Kinivo BTC450 was almost as good as the GoGroove Mini Aux. Audio was clear and distortion-free for music and phone calls. Additionally, this is the only AUX kit we tested that has a dedicated button for skipping between songs on the device itself. However, it requires the car’s cigarette lighter outlet for power (though it does have a built in 1 A charger so you can at least charge your smartphone while driving) and it doesn’t have an independent on/off switch. This means it could potentially drain your car’s battery if you forget to unplug it depending on the kind of car you have.

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TheTechReviewer

Excellent and affordable Bluetooth accessory

from TheTechReviewer

I found the Kinovo BTC450 to be an excellent hands-free Bluetooth solution for your car at an affordable price tag. The design and performance are excellent although I did encounter a few bugs that still need to be worked out.

Regardless of these minor issues, I think your money is well s...More

I found the Kinovo BTC450 to be an excellent hands-free Bluetooth solution for your car at an affordable price tag. The design and performance are excellent although I did encounter a few bugs that still need to be worked out.

Regardless of these minor issues, I think your money is well spent purchasing this kit especially compared to higher priced competitors like the Belkin that do not offer as much functionality as the BTC450. I would recommend any prospective buyers pick up this product if they are in the market for a Bluetooth hands-free car kit.

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Cnet

An easy and inexpensive way of adding Bluetooth to an older car

from Cnet

The advent of Bluetooth systems in cars became a boon for drivers, enabling hands-free phone calls and wirelessly streaming music from a smartphone. But if your car is more than five years old, it likely does not feature this technology. The Kinivo BTC450 makes for an easy and inexpensive way of adding Bluetooth to an older car.

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The advent of Bluetooth systems in cars became a boon for drivers, enabling hands-free phone calls and wirelessly streaming music from a smartphone. But if your car is more than five years old, it likely does not feature this technology. The Kinivo BTC450 makes for an easy and inexpensive way of adding Bluetooth to an older car.

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ElectroGent

This thing is nuts.

from ElectroGent

This is one of the most user-friendly gadgets I’ve come across in a while, and I appreciate its simplicity and promotion of safety. No longer do I have to swipe my phone on, punch in a code, and hit the next button on my phone. I just reach down, hit the next button on the unit, and it&rsqu...More

This is one of the most user-friendly gadgets I’ve come across in a while, and I appreciate its simplicity and promotion of safety. No longer do I have to swipe my phone on, punch in a code, and hit the next button on my phone. I just reach down, hit the next button on the unit, and it’s no more dangerous than switching a blinker on. If you’re a player in the bluetooth game, give it a shot with Kinivo BTC450. This thing is nuts.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

5,589 from Amazon.com

5,589 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Kinivo BTC450. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

604 from Amazon.ca

604 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Kinivo BTC450. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

505 from Amazon.co.uk

505 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Kinivo BTC450. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

9.4/10

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