Here’s a simple topic to talk about. Bringing Bluetooth connectivity to a laptop or PC that doesn’t already sport the feature on-board. Throughout recent years, Bluetooth adapters also meant you had to play around with BlueSoleil, a software for Bluetooth controls in Windows. Sometimes it worked great, and sometimes it didn’t quite pass the test. Now with Windows 8 and now 10, Bluetooth has never been easier. No more BlueSoleil as Windows offers native support for Bluetooth.
The Medialink adapter is the most recent adapter I personally had the time to play with. It comes with a CD with drivers for Windows Vista and higher, but Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, doesn’t require a thing. You simply plug the adapter in, and Windows recognizes it as a Bluetooth adapter and the icon immediately displays in the system tray. Clicking on the icon allows you to add devices or show the devices already connected (within Windows Settings).
Just like a smartphone or tablet, Windows searches for Bluetooth devices nearby that you can connect to the PC. Speakers, headphones/sets, keyboards and more. I tested it using a Logitech Boom speaker, the Voxoa headphones we recently tested and had laying around the office still and a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. All of which connected flawlessly and began to work without hesitation.
Don’t have Windows 8 or newer? The driver disk and manual/instructions are quite clear and install without any troubles. You will need to do this if you have Windows Vista or 7. The instructions are in English and provide no difficulties in reading them as they walk you through the process.
The adapter is small and doesn’t protrude from the system any further than a typical nano WiFi adapter (ie, TP-Link‘s), making it great for portability without having to remove it every time you pack up.
Bluetooth strength in distance is good, with some attached gadgets functioning up to 100ft away (most devices fall within 20-100ft, with speakers reaching the furthest). Beyond that, there is very little to point out. The adapter is quite simple, plug-n-play ready for Windows 8 and newer and achieves exactly what it sets out to achieve.
As I mentioned in the last paragraph, it does exactly what it is made to accomplish. It’s small, sits firmly in the port, doesn’t feel like it is going to fall apart and works from good distances. It’s also affordable, currently as low as $11.99 depending on where you buy it. There is nothing much else to ask for. Given a 9 out of 10.
- Enables your PC or laptop to wirelessly communicate with Bluetooth-enabled devices, like Smartphones, tablets, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers, headsets and more.
- Cable-free file sharing, music streaming, video chatting, printing, gaming and more, from 30+ feet away (Bluetooth features vary by device).
- Simplified use with an attractive user interface. An included setup CD guides you through installation and connecting with Bluetooth-enabled devices in minutes.
- Latest Version 4.0 Class 2 Smart Ready Adapter with Low Energy Technology, backwards compatible with earlier Bluetooth versions.
- 1 x Bluetooth USB adapter
- 1 x Installation CD
- 1 x User Guide
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