Uniden BTSC1500

It tries to pack a few too many features on to the one button, but otherwise the BTSC1500 makes for a good in-car companion.


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Design and features

Wide and thin, Uniden's BTSC1500 slides easily on to either the front or back of a car's sun visor. Push too hard, though, and the metal clip on the Uniden's back comes off rather too easily. On the device's underside is a mono speaker and a multi-function button responsible for power, call, hang up, pairing, redial and voice control (if available on your phone).

With so many functions loaded onto the one button, it's difficult, especially at the beginning, to judge whether you've held the button long enough to issue the relevant command. Sometimes we held the button for too a short period and got redial instead of voice control, while at other times we inadvertently switched the device off by holding it for too long.

There's a small, blue OLED screen sited in the middle of the BTSC1500's leading edge that displays icons for mobile phone, battery and connection status, as well as incoming phone numbers. As the device is quite thin, at around 17mm, you'll need to angle the visor and the device just so to see it.

We successfully paired the BTSC1500 to a number of mobile phones from various makers. Indeed, the Uniden has a neat party trick up its sleeve: it can be paired to two phones simultaneously. Naturally there are a few caveats: both phones must be happy with this polygamous state of affairs and only one phone has access to the speaker at any one time.

Performance

Sound quality is decent and the volume range stretches from quite soft to LOUD! With the volume turned up voices do become a bit too sharp and shrill for our liking. Irritatingly the volume buttons, located above the OLED screen, cannot be held down for a quick volume change from quiet to LOUD! If you're willing to remember the right sequence, the volume buttons can also place callers on hold, switch between calls and recall previously dialled numbers.

Call quality at the other end is OK, with phone buddies judging our voice to be quite distant and a little soft to begin with. The included text-to-speech feature is capable of reading out incoming phone numbers, but given the fact that many of us can barely remember our own phone numbers, let alone anyone else's, it's a shame that it doesn't stretch to reading out callers' names.

The battery is rated for up to 12 hours talk time and 300 hours on standby. An in-car charger with a short, springy cable is supplied as part of the package, with the manual recommending three hours of charging before first use. To help extend battery life, the BTSC1500 will switch itself off after a number of minutes without a Bluetooth connection.

Conclusion

It tries to pack a few too many features on to one button, but otherwise the BTSC1500 makes for a good in-car companion.

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fredlinton
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fredlinton posted a review   
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I got this for christmas and was looking forward to using the handsfree. I charged it for about 4 hours . It said it was fully charged. I had no trouble pairing it with my Blackberry. That was when the good ended. The volume is so low it makes it unusable. I won't turn up past 15. There is an echo when you talk into it. This product is completely unusable. The Uniden site is of no help. Don't buy this product

 

JohnB posted a comment   

The Good:Easy to answer calls, and clear

The Bad:Volume button and the MULTI FUNC button.

Too many presses required to get the volume up.. it seems to default back to quite soft. Most annoying is the multi function button. It seems that IF THE CALLER hangs up first, and I hit M/F(to disconnect me) it immediately redials the last called number.. Grrrr. I now have to find my phone and disconnect there.

 

wickydoc posted a comment   

The Good:sound quality

The Bad:won't work when charging from flat

We have two phones connected to it when we are in the car, and it works fine.

Buffalo
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"Was great while it lasted"

Buffalo posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Seemed clear and worked well.

The Bad:Once flat it just wouldn't charge again. Expensive paper-weight.

Mine just stopped working. I can't charge it at all anymore and it won't turn on.

 

deno39m posted a comment   

can't hear it in my truck even though it's up next to my ear

Rav
10
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Rav posted a review   

The Good:Voice quality, ease of use, good battery life

The Bad:not that i aware of

Overall value for money

big nev
8
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big nev posted a review   

The Good:very clear just great

The Bad:2nd button would help

overall i find this very suitable for my needs as a courier driver

Darryl
9
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Darryl posted a review   

The Good:Crystal Clear Sound

The Bad:Can't get enough it it!

I've recently purchased this unit and I love it. I was a bit skeptical at first, but having used it...can't rave about it enough. I've had a few different types in the past, but I won't be changing for awhile.




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User Reviews / Comments  Uniden BTSC1500

  • fredlinton

    fredlinton

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    "I got this for christmas and was looking forward to using the handsfree. I charged it for about 4 hours . It said it was fully charged. I had no trouble pairing it with my Blackberry. That was when..."

  • JohnB

    JohnB

    "Too many presses required to get the volume up.. it seems to default back to quite soft. Most annoying is the multi function button. It seems that IF THE CALLER hangs up first, and I hit M/F(to dis..."

  • wickydoc

    wickydoc

    "We have two phones connected to it when we are in the car, and it works fine."

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