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    ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater Review
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: October 19th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Bluetooth is supported by more types of harware every day but how would you go about giving your Windows-based PC Bluetooth support? We reviewed the ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater and it did exactly that, how did we rate this hardware and its installation? Read on to find out in our official review.......

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    Design

    If I had to use one word to describe this device, I would say small. This is seriously a small unit. Below, you'll find a picture comparing this device to a quarter. I would say that this unit is appx. the size of two quarters, which is very impressive.

    ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater

    Besides the size, you will find that there is a small LED light on the unit which turns green when the unit has power.

    Obviously, this device connects via USB. USB 1.1 works fine, there is no extra speed boost for USB 2.0. A small cap covers the USB port when not in use.

    ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater

    Overall, the design of this device is very nice. Small, light, everything you need looks-wise.

    ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater

    Installation

    I must say that installation was a tad bit tricky. Putting the included CD in starts up a setup wizard which installs the drivers. It tells you NOT to connect the device until it says so, so be sure to follow that. Once the drivers are set up, you must restart your PC.

    Once restarted, a wizard pops up with instructions on how to add your Bluetooth device. This is where it gets confusing. Once you add your device, you have to set up the services in the "My Bluetooth Places" location that is added (much like My Network Places). It's not too hard to do, but a newbie may get lost.

    Once everything is set up, there shouldn't be any more problems, thankfully.

    Performance

    Performance is on-par with other Bluetooth devices, but I decided not to include raw data in this review. We all know that BT is not speeding fast. For comparison purposes, however, this device was much faster then my Built-in Bluetooth on my Apple 12" Powerbook when transferring the same file.

    The adapter was able to let me use my cell phone as internet on my laptop with no glitches. I was also able to transfer files to my PDA and cell phone very easily once set up.



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