iTrip Auto SmartScan review

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Our Verdict

A superb update. SmartScan is a joy to use and guarantees a clear signal


  • SmartScan function
  • Easy to use
  • Great signal strength


  • Expensive

We're not going to beat around the bush: this update to Griffin's iTrip is the best in-car FM transmitter for iPods and iPhones that we know of. It blew us away with some excellent qualities.

The best feature is SmartScan, a one-button scanning feature that scans the airwaves and saves the three clearest results as preset channels.

This is a great time-saver; just press the preset option and take your pick from the three open signals.

Strong signal

A bright and friendly white-on-black LED display is on hand to help, and a very simple menu system controlled by three buttons is headache-free to operate.

Equally impressive is the signal strength, which was enough to strongly overlay Radio 1's 99.5FM signal. This means you won't have to flick channels to get a better reception.

The price is high, but the quality is undeniable. If you're in the market for kit to broadcast your iPod to your in-car radio, then look no further.


Tech Specs

Product TypeFM Transmitter
Frequency BandFM
Brand NameGriffin
Display Screen TypeLCD
ManufacturerGriffin Technology
Product ModelAuto
Product NameiTrip Auto SmartScan FM Transmitter
Product LineiTrip
Frequency Band/BandwidthFM
Manufacturer Part Number6190-TRPAUTOS
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Griffin brings exclusive SmartScan technology to its precedent-setting iTrip FM Transmitter/charger. SmartScan automatically finds the three clearest frequencies wherever you are, and saves them for you as Presets.

Limited Warranty1 Year Limited