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Relatively inexpensive and it works!,
This review is from: Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Windows 8 and Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth Compatible) (Personal Computers)
A family member recently bought a new all-in-one PC believing that it supported Bluetooth. Some of the range apparently do, but not the specific model purchased and several others even lower in their specs and pricing.
This adds that function and in a small, and largely forgettable once installed, adapter. Although partly plug-and-play, it will install the Microsoft Bluetooth stack and Bluetooth driver but not the Broadcomm driver sometimes needed for audio use with speakers, headphones and some other devices. It does however come with a CD that allows installation of the missing drivers. However, as the PC runs Windows 8, the AutoStart function appears not to work and you will need to run the setup program manually via a file browser. There should not be an issue with prior versions of Windows. The CD also supports Linux for those who use that system.
As this device supports Bluetooth 4.0, it is a better option than some of the cheaper offerings which support only Bluetooth 1.0 or 2.0.
POSTSCRIPT @ 23-05-2013
This device appears to conflict with Logitech's Unifying Adapter which is used for many of their mice, keyboards, touchpads etc and is therefore commonly employed. As the consequence is erratic cursor or keyboard behaviour, it may therefore be necessary to disconnect whichever of the two is least essential at any one time.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2013 13:25:00 BDT
Mr. A. T. Dugdall says:
I had a conflict with the Logitech Unifying Adapter, but when I put that at the front of the PC and the Plugable USB Bluetooth Adapter at the back, everything works.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 14:00:45 BDT
Fine, if you have that option but the PC in question did not. To complicate matters, Logitech's Unifying Adapter and several other similar devices do not work well if plugged into USB 3.0 which was the only other possible alternative.
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