★★★★ 2615 real customer reviews average rating: 3.7 stars
5 Stars By Dustin Farahnak on 2012-03-20
'Cool' sums it up
This is my fifth bluetooth speakerphone, and the word that sums this one up best is "cool".
Like all the other speakerphones I've used, pairing this with my phone was easy. In this case, a recorded voice guides you through the process. This comes with more controls than most (good clicky feeling buttons, too), making music playback easy.
The FM transmitter is better thought out than products I've used in the past. The recorded voice tells you the station the device is using (which is typical), but if you hold a volume button down, the unit will automatically scan the FM spectrum until it finds an unused frequency, then announce the channel. This is a cool feature that is a lot safer than trying to drive while adjusting both car radio and speakerphone ten times, looking for a clear radio frequency. This feature alone is probably enough to justify choosing this unit.
The sound clarity is noticeably better than the others speakerphones I've used. I credit this to the noise cancellation claims on the box, but what matters is that calls go through clear. The people I've called have remarked on it.
Battery life is roughly equivalent to the Jabra it replaced and far superior to the other speakerphones I've used. I was on the phone for 50% of a routine six hour trip and the fourth drive was nearly completed before the recorded voice reported "Low Battery" (It's a nice touch that a voice reports the battery level whenever the device turns on). Most speakerphones need to be charged after two trips (the Jabra needs to be charged approximately as often as this Roadster).
And this segues nicely:
All the other speakerphones I use are designed to be charged via USB. This too has a microUSB port, but instead of a USB cable the box comes with a DC car charger (and it's a swanky looking DC charger). This is so much better thought out. I don't always have time to remove my speakerphone and charge it. I often need to charge it in the car. I don't want to buy an extra cable or have redundant cables. The charger has a coiled (think old telephone handset) cord and a nice clip and is intended for serious use. I really like it. If you have a car that shuts off the DC power when the car isn't on, you might consider just leaving this thing plugged in forever.
This product also detects when you enter and leave the car, pairing automatically. I have to admit I didn't really have a problem hitting the button on my Jabra to initiate the pairing, but this is one less step. Pretty slick.
The Android app is quite cool. It relies on your phone's location service, but you can also save a snapshot of your car's location. I actually often take a snapshot when I leave my car at the airport, but now that process is more automated and organized. I'm a huge fan.
The lighter grey color fits the interior of my car much better than black speakerphones, too. It looks sharp.
This product retails for $20 more than the one it replaced, but I think it's worth the additional cost.
4 Stars By arcorabin on 2015-04-29
Works for me.
I left my last one at Enterprise in a rental car. Got a different brand to try, but the voice commands quit working after a week on the road. I got this version of the Roadmaster because I know it works for me in a noisy car. The only negative (and annoying) thing about this item is the fact it can easily turn on in my storage bag from the other cables and stuff I carry in there. I ended up using some masking tape to make sure it does not turn back on when I put it in the bag. That is the only complaint on this unit.
1 Stars By Jason B. on 2014-04-07
So this is my 3rd attempt into the Bluetooth phone adapter arena. My first 2 were go grooves first and second generation then this. The older go groove worked great to play music over the fm band but call clarity was horrid. The second generation still had horrid call clarity and added a few annoying features like not remembering fm channel selections and turning on your phones music every time it connected draining your battery. Tried the Motorola hoping I could get acceptable call clarity and good music transmission via the fm modulator. Well the call clarity was very good. Music over the fm modulator was flat and transmission was weak. You have to turn the fm modulator on every time the system senses you phone or it plays through the lousy built in speaker. If you walk past you car say in your garage it will turn on and drain the battery. It gives voice alarms for battery strength when it connects. For me it was high, medium and dead. No low warning. Just dead. Not it won't turn on at all so it's going back. Time for #4!
2 Stars By Mt_P_Bill on 2017-02-20
I really like the features, but the dropping of calls is getting annoying.
I have had this for a while now, and have started encountering some problems. I really like the features, like turning on when I get in the car, being able to send things through an FM station on the radio, and the sound quality is good, but it will disconnect in the middle of a phone conversation and then sometimes it will reconnect and then others it won't. The battery doesn't last very long and when the battery gets down to medium strength is when the problems start. I will probably keep it and wait until it goes completely to get a new one.
Update: The dropping of calls, which causes my phone to freeze for a while, and then a random reconnect, is happening more often. If I had owned this for 2 or 3 years, I would be fine with this, but it has only been a few months.
5 Stars By Bmcgnh on 2017-09-10
Love it--this is my second one.
Fantastic product. I received one for "free" from Verizon for a promotion.I bought this one immediately for my seldom used car that doesn't have bluetooth. This is a great product with great battery life. I take it off the visor and sit it beside us at the beach to listen to music or podcasts.
1 Stars By Lab girl on 2013-12-23
Didn't work for me
I bought this based on independent reviews of various in car bluetooth devices. I was happy with it the first day. Second day, it didn't announce that my phone was synced to it. Tried recharging it. Started working again for first errand. When I came back to the car, it didn't start up again. Third day, same thing, so returned it. I was using it with an iPhone 5s. Ended up with a plantronics m50 from amazon & am very happy. Use it driving & at home as it's small enough to throw in my purse. Also cost a lot less.
5 Stars By Douglas D Manley on 2015-01-02
Absolutely a requirement if your car doesn't support Bluetooth
This totally beats paying for a new head unit for my car. The battery life is great (it goes hours and hours without needing a recharge), and I just recharge mine using my car charger; it typically takes a few trips, but then it's good for another month or so.
As a speaker, it's okay at best, but as a radio transmitter is where this thing shines. Do note that my radio broadcasts seem a bit "tinny" (or "underwatery") at times, but it's nothing that would stop me from using it.
For FM mode, it has an auto-scan feature or some such nonsense, but I've found that it's easier to just manually find a static-y radio station that I can bear to listen to when the Roadster isn't broadcasting. You see, it won't remember your last speaker/radio preference, so each time that it starts up, you get to hear "Nexus 5 connected. Battery level is... medium", and then you have to press the "FM" button, and listen "FM mode. Ninety-five point seven FM." That's a solid five seconds (more if I forget to press the "FM" button immediately), and that's five seconds too many of Christian rock, which seems to be all of the weak frequencies in my area. So I found a soft-rock station that wasn't strong and used that. Even if I go to areas where that station is strong, the interference doesn't usually get too bad. Every once in a while, on an hour-long trip, I'll have to kill the radio and go speaker mode. But for my daily stuff, it's great.
I only use the Roadster for streaming music and podcasts from my phone, and it works well for those cases.
1. Not remembering speaker vs. FM mode. Hearing a blast of static when I turn the car on isn't particularly nice.
2. Having to listen to the damned thing talk for every--single--action. Yes, if it's a button, you'll have to hear about it. Increment the FM frequency? "Ninety-five point nine FM". 20 more increments to go? Let me tear my ears off.
Why you shouldn't really care about those drawbacks:
1. It works. Really well. I pretty much stopped listening to live radio because of this thing.
3 Stars By David Tigerino on 2012-09-14
Had high expectations that fell short
Let me start off by saying that in my daily 48-mile (round trip)commute to work, radio stations cut in and out except for a select few that keep a descent signal the whole trip. And for all the techies out there...yeah the device is sleek, cool and user friendly. I'll start off with the Cons, I have two major complaints about this unit:
1. I could not keep signal of a phone call with the FM (play through your car speakers) function because I would pick up random radio stations and I would have to frantically try to look for another radio station while the call is going and doing 65 on the freeway. I spent 3 weeks trying different stations that would allow me to just leave the unit alone for my entire commute and found nothing that would work. The device has a feature that would search radio stations that are free but I used that function about 5 times in the first week-and-a-half and never used it again because it didn't work for me. It would find a station that after maybe 2 minutes of travel time would cut out and I would get some random radio station.
2. Because the speaker is right in front of you (typically on your visor), when you are looking over your shoulder to switch lanes and talking the person on the other line can't hear you; and I constantly found my self having to move my body all the way up to the microphone when I was using the device since the listener could not hear me clearly. I ended up leaving the device on regular speaker mode and I used it as a hand held microphone/speaker (and for a $70 unit that is basically a phone on speakerphone, I just returned it)
Now... like I said this could have been in large part because of the sketchy radio station signals interfering with each other (I live in the East Bay-San Francisco (a large metropolitan area)). As far as the Pros, there were several things that I liked. The fact that I could hear my conversation through the car speakers was amazing! I could adjust the volume as loud as I wanted and the person on the other line never complained about them hearing themselves. I've read other reviews and I agree that starting the unit was a bit annoying but it's not a deal breaker. When I did have radio signal I could hear people clearly but I would always get people on the other line telling me "What did you say?", "Repeat that," this was the reason for me having to move closer to unit. But in conclusion... Had the calls not constantly dropped I would have kept the unit and been extremely happy with it. But... I'm going back to a bud in ear Bluetooth unit like before.
5 Stars By regjay on 2012-04-16
So far so good!
I ordered this for my husband to use in his work van. He regularly travels up to 4-5 hours one way for work and he doesn't like the in the ear bluetooth headsets. I thought this might be a better substitute for him. It's also nice because you can pair 2 devices so he can use his personal (LG) and work (Blackberry) cell phones with it. Today is the first day we tried it and we could both hear each other pretty well - especially for the noisey work van environment he is in. It seems like the noise cancellation feature works pretty well. I'm not sure if I have both phones paired correctly yet but at least one of them worked just fine. He said he didn't have to do anything special - the unit picked up his LG phone as soon as he got in to leave for work. We don't know if it paired automatically with his Blackberry yet or not, so we will have to see about that.
4 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2015-01-18
A great, small hands-free device.
- very clear speaker
- strong amplifier
- controls well placed
- looks good on the visor
- easy to install and remove
- linked easily and relinks reliably when I get in the car
- speaks battery level and the name of the device it has linked to when it links
- I've had it 2 weeks and have not had to recharge
- comes with quality car charger and uses micro USB
The only complaints I have are that I have it set at a fairly high volume for driving and when I get in the car and it links it screams the battery level and link status. A fixed or separate volume setting for battery level would be nice. Also, like most electronics today, it has a non-removable battery which makes it throw away when the battery dies.
Overall a great device. Highly recommended! Buy it online though...local stores had it for $100!