The Cardo Packtalk Slim Headset is among the most attractive on the market, especially regarding the quality/cost ratio. While offering customers a wide range of technologies, this model is among the most affordable, allowing you to grab some excellent items at a highly reasonable cost.
All this makes it well-suited for riders looking for excellent solutions at an accessible cost.
What are the features that this device offers? And most importantly, is it worth buying, or would one be better off looking for other motorcycle headsets on the market? Keep reading this guide to get an answer to all these questions.
Cardo Packtalk Slim: review
Cardo Packtalk Slim (thin) is not the latest model on the market, quite the contrary: it was released in 2015 and has been updated many times since then, including the Cardo Packtalk Bold (thick) model.
Both models are packed with high-end chips: complete water protection to the IP67 standard, DMC (more on this later), and always-on voice control.
High waterproofness is among those special features that make this model perfect for those who need to travel long distances in adverse weather conditions.
The differences between Packtalk Bold and Packtalk Slim are only the distance, the size of the communicator itself, and the installation process. PT Slim is more compact since it consists of two elements: the main part, which contains the battery, is attached to the back of the helmet in the neck area, and the slim control box is located on the left side of the helmet, where it is convenient to operate it with your left hand.
The intercom mode range for the Slim is 1300 meters, and for the Bold 1600 meters, but everything else is the same: like the Bold, Slim works with the Cardo Connect app, and has FM radio and Bluetooth for communication with the phone.
What will you find in the box?
The kit you might purchase includes the device itself, the 40mm JBL speakers each, the gooseneck microphone in addition to a mustache microphone, and all the hardware, including the mounting system needed to secure the speakers. The box comes to customers with the instruction booklet and cheat sheet.
However, you won’t have too much trouble mounting the devices – the mounting system is straightforward.
Cardo Packtalck Slim’s range is similar to that of many other similar devices: you can communicate at a distance of about 1.2km, without interference or issues.
Weather conditions and distance could negatively affect the range and lower the audio quality. Be that as it may, in this product range, the device’s operating range is average.
The design of this device is highly simplistic, so much so that it is almost too barebone. Cardo Packtalk Slim looks good and is quite balanced.
It is nice that the battery, which is quite noticeable in terms of weight, is in the back and does not tilt the head to the left.
While driving, you can not only chat with a group of up to 16 people, but also send them music that is transmitted to your communicator from your phone, put your phone’s ringer on “hands-free” so everyone can hear, as well as create groups and switch between them.
True, this is all done with the help of complex button combinations that I have yet to remember. But the intercom connects to the phone without any problems, and the app works well. Plus, the headset is connected to two channels, so you can listen to music simultaneously and hear the navigator’s instructions.
The color is plain black, without anything special: this makes such a device different from many others.
The audio quality
The sound is extraordinarily crisp and pleasant – you will enjoy it without interference. As already mentioned, weather conditions or other factors do not affect the audio quality, which makes this model among the most stable ever.
JBL speakers sound excellent, up to about 80km/h. Then the sound gets much worse because of the wind noise.
If it were possible to increase the sound volume, it would be better: for city riding, in general, the volume is sufficient, but not for long trips on the highway.
Another downside is the automatic adjustment of ambient noise, which almost always mutes the volume when you stop, but rarely increases it when you push on the accelerator. However, in the application, you can disable this feature.
The battery is 800mAh and will allow you to enjoy this device for about 10 hours.
Charging is equally fast: it requires 2.5 hours to charge fully. Nevertheless, the battery’s quality and effectiveness are average for devices of this type.
Main features and functions
- Audio quality: good up to 80km/h
- Communication distance: 1,200 meters
- Number of connected users: 4
- Type of communication: pilot-pilot or pilot-passenger
- Battery life: 10 hours of use
- Charging time: 2.5 hours
- Universal intercom: yes
- FM radio: yes
- Music sharing: yes
- Automatic volume adjustment: yes
- Voice messages: yes
- Helmet compatibility: universal
- Waterproof: yes
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- Smartphone app: yes
Pros and Cons
- Sufficient battery life;
- Good comfort
- Automatic audio adjustment;
- Excellent water resistance;
- Good level of helmet attachment.
- The design is not impeccable;
- No sound insulation system;
- Issues with audio at speeds above 80km/h.
To whom is the Cardo Packtalk Slim model addressed?
Both entry-level and experienced riders are looking for a great device to travel long distances, as well as all riders who want to take advantage of a device that is not too expensive but still well-functional.