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OK, but you only really get what you pay for. With one BIG CATCH
on 31 July 2015
I was in two minds about how many stars to give this product, it's either a very good product, or a pretty poor one. Depending on how you view it.
It does what it says on the box, and it does it for an extremely cheap price. I connected my Taotronics A2DP headset to it, and good sound quality from it. The range was good. 20 metres without obstruction, 8-10 with a wall in the way. More than enough to cover any reasonable sized room, or to cover your garden if you put your laptop out side.
I had to use three separate help guide to actually get it to connect.
First of all, I used the 4 star review by Jabe on 1 Feb. 2015 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1MXJ36U6BXQLL/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0013BFQUE&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=340831031&store=computers#wasThisHelpful) to get the correct software to install. I then used a comment on this forum to activate the bluetooth on my Windows 7 (64-bit) PC (you may not need to do this).
I needed to enable Bluetooth Support Service, and then set it to run automatically, because installing the dongle didn't do it.
I then used this forum to get past an error message that I got (Basically, it detected my headset at 2 feet, but needed to be about 6 inches away to actually pair).
This is an awful lot of messing around to set up a headset. It shouldn't take 30 minutes of Googling to install a Dongle and to pair it with a headset. IT took me less than 2 minutes to pair the same headset with my Windows 8 tablet, and that included finding out how to pair a bluetooth device on Windows 8.
THE BIG CATCH
OK, here's the big catch. This dongle gives me terrible lag. Maybe 4 seconds. So it's useless for watching movies or playing games. The same headset gave no lag on my Windows 8 tablet through its built in bluetooth. This is on an gaming PC. So it's not the PC that's causing the lag.
The dongle is good to listen to music through, or to connect a keyboard\mouse to. But not for videos or games.
There may be some settings to get around this, but I haven't found them yet.