Bluetooth Adapter, (Broadcom BCM20702 chipset) UtechSmart USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
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- Upgrades Bluetooth support for (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible; Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible
- Extremely compact USB adapter. Safe to leave in for laptop travel. Low power.
- Supports Bluetooth keyboards, mice, headsets, and more (with Microsoft built-in drivers)
- Wireless range of up to 30 feet (10 meters)
- Latest Bluetooth specification v4.0 Class 2 with low energy technology; Fully compatible with older Bluetooth equipment
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Designed for maximum compatibility, small size, and low power, this UtechSmart adapter upgrades Windows and Linux PCs with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 support. With it, you can communicate wirelessly with Bluetooth devices such as cell phones, PDAs, mice, keyboards etc.
The adapter is a compact USB Class 2 Low Energy Bluetooth Adapter with LED. It works with other Bluetooth devices within approximately 10m (30 foot) radius, depending on environmental factors, with transfer rates up to 3 Mbps. The adapter offers the market leading Broadcom BCM20702 chipset and backwards compatibility with classic Bluetooth (1.x and 2.x) devices. It offers the option of the Broadcom (WIDCOMM) software driver stack, for cases when the built-in Windows drivers do not provide all desired Bluetooth functionality.
Supported Operating Systems
* Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (with included Broadcom drivers)
* Windows 8 (with built-in drivers; Broadcom drivers not needed for most common profiles)
* Linux kernels 3.6.11-4 and higher, with open source stack (may have limited functionality vs Windows) Does NOT support MAC OS or ARM-based Windows RT
Supported Bluetooth Devices
Wireless Bluetooth keyboards, mice, headsets, speakers, printers, modems, serial devices, phones, and more.
Supported Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, ATT, AVRCP, GAVDP, GATT, HCRP, HFP, HID, HID over GATT, OPP, PAN, SPP, and more (Note: Some profiles may require installation of included Broadcom Bluetooth driver stack or built-in Windows 8 stack)
In the boxBluetooth Micro Adapter with LED (BCM20702 chipset), Broadcom driver installation CD, Quick Start Guide
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This Bluetooth Adapter was very easy to install using the supplied Broadcom Driver Installation CD, & Quick Start Guide that came with the product. Even though this was my 1st time to try installing a new Blootooth Device (A VXi BlueParrott 203100 B250-XT+ 95% Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset) once I read the directions the installation was finished automatically. Great Product & Service.
I got a new HP computer (desk top) with Win 8.1 and a built in Blue Tooth. It was great. I could connect to my Samsung G-3 and move pictures back and forth etc. Wow! Great feature, thought I would add that to my other computers with one of these. Wrong!
I have spent hours on this thing trying to get it to work. It connects then disconnect within 60 seconds. It took a hour or two to get the software to install and not lock up my computer. It sees the phone, pairs OK but then disconnects. I finally get it to comment but then can't move files like I could with my other computer.
I have tried it on three of my 11 computers I have at home. Same results on all of them. Maybe it would allow a keyboard or something like that but it sure isn't "full featured" like the unit that came with my HP. It won't do what I needed to do and what my other Blue tooths will do. I have worked through all the software it came with, no help. Oh, and was that software ever difficult to get my Vista computer to load. It took over an hour and many attempts and reboots to get it in. Lots of WIndows error messages and "contact the maker" messages.
Well, it was $10 so I am not out too much. It would cost more to send it back than its worth. I blew $10 and three or four hours of my time on this. Next time I want to throw away $10 and three hours i will go see a movie and at least might be entertained for my money. This unit was much less than entertaining to deal with.
After my dongle died, I was contacted by the vendor and they sent me a new one free of charge. I understand any electronics product can have a defect or can even stop working without any defect, but Utechsmart has earned my business for the next time, with their excellent customer service.
Update : 3/2/2014
It just died in the middle of using it with my mouse...I will stay as far away as possible from this brand as possible!
Bluetooth is supposed to be backward compatible between all versions! The one thing Bluetooth 4.0 introduces is support for collecting data from devices which generate data at a very low rate. The main intent of this feature, called Low Energy (LE), is to aggregate data from various sensors, like heart rate monitors, thermometers etc. So, I did not really need a Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle. But Windows 8.1 intervened. My Desktop is based on the Intel Desktop Motherboard LGA1155 DDR3 1600 ATX - BOXDZ77GA-70K which comes with the Ralink/Motorola Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB device. There is no Manufacturer provided driver for this Bluetooth adapter, Windows uses the Generic Microsoft Bluetooth Driver for it. For the most part it seemed to work with anything I threw at it - speakers, headphones etc. Until I got myself a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse (H3S-00003) (Bluetooth 3.0). I like Windows 8.1 and really liked the mouse too, but it was not meant to be. It would get disconnected randomly, become painfully slow. So much so that I wasted some more money and bought a really crappy SmartTouch Wireless Mouse N800(BLK) which was also touch based, but that was another disaster.
The internet forums seem to be full of complains about horror stories about Bluetooth problems with Windows 8. My search led me to the Broadcom BCM20702 chipset which is currently the best Bluetooth chipset as it supports both the built-in Windows Bluetooth stack (in Windows 7 and Windows 8 with the Broadcom low-level HCI driver automatically provided by Windows Update), but also the best 3rd party Bluetooth stack on the market from Broadcom for even wider Bluetooth profile support.
So, to take another chance with the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse (H3S-00003), I ordered this adapter since it was the least expensive adapter on the market with the Broadcom BCM20702 chipset. The adapter comes in a typical plastic case for these sort of devices, along with an instruction manual, a marketing/promotional message card from Utechsmart and a CD containing drivers. The adapter is really tiny, sticks out about 1/2" from the USB port once you plug it in. There is a blue LED that lights up when it is connected - I do not think there is a way to turn that off, but since it is in my desktop PC under the desk, I don't notice it. I am currently using it with the driver that Windows 8.1 automatically installed and for 2 days now my mouse has functioned flawlessly. What gives? I don't know for sure, but must be something with the drivers in Windows 8.1. So, with this adapter I am extremely happy that I can now use and enjoy my Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse (H3S-00003) at least until Windows 9 (or whatever) comes along and I cannot control my urge to upgrade.
So, if you are running Windows 8/8.1 and having issues with your current Bluetooth adapter or just in the market for a new Bluetooth adapter, this is currently your best choice for the money.