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Kensington Pico - FM Transmitter for iPod nano - Black


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  • Ultra-thin, ultra sleek design matches perfectly with iPod nano
  • Play music from your iPod wirelessly through your car or home stereo
  • Uses iPod's high resolution LCD to display station information, no software required for this functionality
  • Advanced power technology minimizes battery drain on your iPod
  • Easy to use station pre-sets

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 2 cm ; 109 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: 33365
  • ASIN: B000EH8K8S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Aug. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Technical DataHeader / Product LineKensingtonTechnical DataHeader / ModelPico FM Transmitter For iPodTechnical DataHeader / ManufacturerKensington Technology GroupTechnical DataHeader / Packaged Quantity1Technical DataMiscellaneous / CE Product TypeDigital player FM transmitter

Manufacturer's Description

What's smaller than nano? The ultra-thin, ultra sleek Kensington Pico FM Transmitter for iPod nano. It uses the bright iPod screen for easy viewing of station information. Just tune your car or home stereo to a clear radio station, select the same station on your iPod and press play.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By In Glorious Black And White on 21 Nov. 2006
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So easy to tune, no guesswork; so compact. At last I am rid of that infernal buzzing in the background. Lots of help available in the package, but not really needed.

I had to discard the other transmitter I bought due to constantly having to fiddle to try and optimise reception only to find that it would change half a mile down the road. My home tuner also shows a vast improvement.

This is the only one to buy, pay a couple of '£'s more Kensingto's gismo is the best.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By KR on 16 Sept. 2006
Kensington's Pico FM Transmitter for iPod stands out from other brands because of its size: at 1.57" x .98" x 1.9", it's small, roughly half the height of XtremeMac's AirPlay2 and Belkin's TuneFM for iPod nano, and a little thinner. It uses your iPod's screen for FM tuning, featuring a simple, intuitive three-position switch on its right side that tunes up or down, and selects with a press to the center.

It also works with new 2nd generation iPod Nano.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. Oconnor on 30 Nov. 2006
This little gem is excellent

It's smaller than I thought and when connected looks like its part of the Ipod. Setting it up is a breeze, just find a free radio station and tune the Pico into the same station and voilla!
What's great about this is that the volume on the ipod can be turned right down (good idea to save battery) and still blast through sound. Granted because it's wireless depending how good your stereo is you will have to turn up the volume higher than normal, increasing the volume on the ipod has no affect.
I must say you will hear a tiny amount of interference if your songs have sounds gaps but that could be due to the quality of my car aerial. However generally you wont hear anything even if you try to listen out for it. I live in near the city centre and drive alot in traffic so I was expecting interference from other cars, absolutely not.
This item is perfect and a great accessory which I've been waiting for and I can now ditch the scratch CD's I have lying around the car.
I would have give it 4 stars but because everywhere else this item more expensive plus shipping the extra start is for the bargain price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Layton Lewis on 28 Mar. 2007
Bought this about 6 months ago to use in the car. Fairly straight forward to use; plug into the iPod, the frequency its tuned to is then automatically displayed on your iPod. Then pick a blank FM station on you car stereo. Note: the 'worse' this channel is the better (i.e. pick a frequency that is totally blank / white noise - if there is even a small part of a broadcast coming through this will effect / interfere with the iPod's playback quality).

Anyway, once you've id'd and stored your radio frequency in the car, adjust the pico to that same station. Then play your iPod as normal - excellent FM quality sounds!!!

Positives:

Pico is REALLY small - can leave in the glove compartment quite easily when not in use. Will fit onto the bottom of the iPod, and because of its size will sit inside most iPod holders you can buy.

Price is not too bad at about £25.

Negatives: Trying to find a totally blank FM station can be frustrating - when using in the car, moving from one area to the next may mean you having to retune - next evolution hopefully will see some sort of auto retune to a blank station (!?) Can imagine that this would be even worse in areas with lots of FM stations (e.g. London)

Apparently they can eat battery life (esp. on Nano's?) - although I have an MP4 30G on which it doesn't have such an impact

The transmitter plug in connector to the iPod can become a little 'slack' with use - if possible best to leave it just plugged in all the time?

Also, can't seem to get mine to tune in to 'even' frequencies? i.e. when trying to tune in it goes from 84.1 to 84.3 etc - missing out all the 'even' frequencies in between - or is this just me?!!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Osbond on 17 Aug. 2007
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I purchased the Kensington Pico - FM Transmitter to go with my new iPod 8GB nano, but only for use in the living-room and bedroom (since I'm not a great fan of having to wear earphones or headphones), so I can't comment on its performance with a car radio.

I live in the East Midlands in an area where there is quite a bit of empty frequency-space towards the 108 MHz end of the spectrum, so finding a suitable "white-noise" frequency to tune the unit to was not a problem (e.g. 107.9 MHz). NB: the available frequencies from this FM transmitter are in 0.2 MHz steps.

The transmitter appears to work pretty well (i.e. hiss and distortion free) when placed VERY CLOSE to the telescopic aerial of my bedroom radio or equally close to the indoor ribbon-aerial of my hi-fi FM tuner. Finding the best orientation of the iPod+transmitter can also help to reduce the background hiss, and I would describe reception under these optimum conditions as similar to from a very strong stereo radio signal.

Obviously the FM transmitter is taking power from the iPod, so you may find that the iPod needs charging-up more often than normal when in regular use.

My only real criticisms (for my own indoor use) are: (i) it took me a little bit of time to understand the instructions for setting and then accessing the two available preset frequencies (the multi-language instructions being not particularly well-written by the manufacturer), and (ii) that the range of the transmitter is not slightly greater - to enable me to transmit right across the bedroom (i.e. to be able to change iPod playlists without having to get out of bed !!).
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