Belkin Australia TuneCast 3
- Good sound quality and reception, colour display, ease of use
- No auto power on, only two presets
It lacks some of the features of its predecessor, but the TuneCast 3 has improved on sound quality, signal strength and ease of use, making it one of the better FM transmitters we've reviewed.
Price$ 89.95 (AUD)
Belkin's TuneCast 3 is an FM audio transmitter designed for both in-car and home use. The TuneCast 3 is simple, easy to use and has above average sound quality for an FM transmitter.
The TuneCast 3 operates via a standard 3.5mm jack, so this means it works with any MP3 player on the market. Users simply plug the unit into the headphone jack of their MP3 player. The TuneCast runs on two AAA batteries that are included in the sales package. FM transmitters running on batteries are a double edged sword; on one hand the unit won't drain the charge from your MP3 player, but having to change batteries during a long trip, for example, is less than ideal.
The front of the TuneCast 3 has a small, colour, OLED screen, and this displays battery life, current FM frequency and also indicates whether you are transmitting in stereo or mono. The display is very easy to read in all lighting conditions, including under direct sunlight and in the dark. Transmitting in stereo gives users the highest quality listening experience, but depending on location, mono may provide better FM signal reception. A dedicated mono/stereo button sits on top of the TuneCast 3, next to the power button. Both of these buttons require users to hold them down for a couple of seconds. A progress bar appears on the screen to let you know what function you are changing, for example holding down the stereo/mono button displays: "Stereo-Mono". Sound quality was admirable for an FM transmitter, and we were impressed with the fact that the TuneCast 3 could be placed away from the car radio and still transmit and uninterrupted signal.
To use the TuneCast 3 in the car, users select an FM frequency on their car stereo that isn't already occupied, and then use the left and right buttons on the TuneCast to match up the frequency. To store a frequency, you simply hold down either the '1' or '2' button for three seconds. This is a little disappointing, as the previous TuneCast II had four presets available, and also had the ability to automatically power on when it detected an audio source. The TuneCast 3 is missing both of these features.
Belkin includes a cigarette lighter adapter in the sales package for powering the TuneCast 3 on the road, but it won't charge the batteries. There is also a mounting cradle that has been designed to stick to a car dashboard. Belkin quotes 20 hours of battery life using the Duracell AAA batteries in the sales package, but this figure will vary depending on the type of batteries used.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCIT Information Architect..VIC
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCSecurity ConsultantVIC
- TPProject Manager. Enterprise wide IT ProjectsNSW
- FTFront End Web DeveloperACT
- FTSolution Architect - SecurityVIC
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCTechnical Requirements Architect - NV1ACT
- FTSenior Systems EngineerNSW
- FTUser Support AnalystNSW
- FTAsst. Director - Claim Analysis. Work Location - CanberraACT
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- FTTeam AssistantVIC
- FTTechnical LeadVIC
- FTPHP / WordPress DeveloperQLD
- FTFull Stack .NET DeveloperWA
- FTAudio Visual / Video Solution Architect | $100 p/hrVIC
- FTDigital Sales Account Manager - Global Ecommerce BrandNSW
- TPFull Stack Developer - Cutting-edge technologiesQLD
- FTSenior Digital Business Analyst, AGILE, Financial ServicesNSW
- FTSenior System EngineerNSW
- FTDeveloper - Python, Ruby, or PerlQLD
- FTChange CoordinatorACT
- CCSolution Architect - Audio Visual/Video DomainVIC
- CCTechnical Consutlant - Entry Level - HPSMSA