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Msi Star Key Bluetooth USB Dongle

by MSI

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  • Product Description MSI Star Key 2.0 (3X Faster) - network adapter Device Type Network adapterForm F
  • Interface (Bus) Type USB Dimensions (WxDxH) 0.8 in x 2.2 in x 0.4 in - NOTE: THIS PRODUCT CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MASSACHUSETTS OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
  • Weight 0.3 oz Data Link Protocol Bluetooth Bluetooth Class Class 1 Data Transfer Rate 3 Mbps - WARNING: The solder used in this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Please wash hands after handling internal components and circuit boards and avoid inhalation of fumes if heating the solder.
  • Frequency Band 2.4 GHz Compliant Standards Bluetooth 2.0
  • System Requirements Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3.5

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: MSI
  • Model: BT-STAR KEY

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EUJ2LE
  • Item model number: BT-STAR KEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2006

Product Description

MSI, Micro-Star International, keeps the principle of "award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service". "Quality Products Create Faithful Customers" is a motto that guides all that MSI does. MSI's talented team carries out its work with the latest research equipment, continuing to raise the bar on product quality and innovative product features. PRODUCT FEATURES: Support Bluetooth embedded cell phone, mouse, keyboard, joystick, and etc; Range: 100 meters in open area; Support up to 7 Bluetooth devices; Anti-interference from 11b/g WLAN signal; Maximum throughput up to 3Mbps (3X faster than Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2); NOTE: THIS PRODUCT CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MASSACHUSETTS OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (WASHINGTON, D.C.) WARNING: The solder used in this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Please wash hands after handling internal components and circuit boards and avoid inhalation of fumes if heating the solder.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Also great for A2DP (stereo bluetooth headphones).
A. G. A.
Most importantly, this is one of those precious few Bluetooth dongles that works with the Nintendo Wiimote.
KM
The software was easy to install and I was up an running in minutes.
J. Sumpter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Mehmet Aras Orhan on October 16, 2006
I purchased this product to pair with a Bluetooth headset/headphone to listen to music and be able to talk on Skype while away from my computer. The device is performing fine, however the setup has been a bit problematic. When you plug in this device (or any other Bluetooth device for that matter) to a pc with Windows XP (Service Pack 2), it will be recognized and set up to work with Microsoft's Bluetooth driver. However Microsoft's current driver does not support audio communication with headsets, so if you use a Bluetooth headset you will need to install the adaptor's own driver. The driver software cd comes with the product but it may be worthwhile to check MSI's website for more recent versions of it. My experience with this driver has been less than perfect; I had to uninstall/reinstall several times for the device to function with MSI's driver properly. Also you may need to manually disable Microsoft's driver after this installation if it is not disabled automatically during the installation of MSI's driver.

Overall I am happy with my purchase and I think this is a quality product.

I also want to add some information that can be deemed useful by future buyers of this Bluetooth adaptor:

Two characteristics you may want to consider when purchasing a Bluetooth adaptor are its data transmission speed and its range.

The data transmission speed of a Bluetooth adaptor (a.k.a. dongle) depends on the adaptor's protocol version. The products that sell today are either Version 1.1, 1.2 or 2.0, with the last two being more dominant. Version 1.2 operates at speeds up to 0.7 Mb per second and Version 2.0 operates at speeds up to 2.1 Mbps (3x Version 1.2 speed).

Bluetooth adaptors also have a 'Class' rating which determines their range.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Canning on March 23, 2007
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This bluetooth dongle works like a charm. The included software package makes it easy to configure the system to do just about anything you could think of with bluetooth, from answering your phone through the computer (don't know why you'd want to though...) to easily moving files back and forth from device to device (what you're probably buying it for).

It's a bluetooth 2.0 device, so there is a nice strong signal to connect to (of course, the other device should be 2.0 as well to take advantage of the extended range), and it fits well next to other USB devices on my computer (unlike some other dongles I have bought in the past that nearly take up two ports worth of width).

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking to add Bluetooth to their home or mobile pc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. G. A. on June 17, 2007
Just download drivers from their site, and you're done!! Does what it said. Also great for A2DP (stereo bluetooth headphones).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alp Dener on April 9, 2008
Had this dongle for about two weeks now, and hands down it is the best one I've used. I've went through quite a bit of these received over the past few years, mostly because of incompatibility issues. Most dongles out there rely on the WACOM stacks which are not very compatible with Microsoft. Especially in Vista, the old WACOM-based dongles cause all sorts of device recognition problems. There are ways to install a WACOM driver but it's a cumbersome process.

MSI dongle is one of the few in the market that use the built in Microsoft stacks. They are essentially inferior to WACOM but in terms of user friendliness, there's no other way to go. As a result, this BT dongle is a plug-n-play device. I own both XP and Vista computers and in either case, I didn't even need to use the driver CD included in the box. As soon as I plugged it in, the computer automatically recognized the dongle and installed the appropriate drivers. MSI easily makes up for the inferiority of the stacks by making their hardware better. This BT dongle really has "the" best range and speed of all the adapters in the market.

If you're looking for a BT dongle that is small and looks pretty, this is not the one for you. However, none of the other BT adapters will yield better connectivity and user friendliness than this one. Considering that far inferior BT dongles than this one are sold for higher prices, this is a great buy. I'm sure the performance you can get out of it will easily overrule the form factor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesher on January 8, 2008
This thing works flawlessly. Open the package and follow the directions and you won't have a single problem
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Sumpter on February 8, 2008
I brought this in hopes I could retrieve the contacts off of my wife's broken phone using BitPiM. Unfortunately our phone isn't compatible but it's still a cool little tool. It's definitely recommended for someone who wants to play with bluetooth as a developer or just wants to pull things off of their bluetooth devices. The software was easy to install and I was up an running in minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artyb on February 15, 2008
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I was worried, but I figured why not give it a try. Used windows driver, and it works. It was a little tricky at first-had to fiddle with it, but it synchs my palm treo 650 pretty quickly, like a minute-about the same as the cable. No complaints here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on October 17, 2007
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If you are looking for a computer desktop bluetooth this is the perfect match.
It works great no problems when installing and has fast conection (USB port 2.0)
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