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Kensington Bluetooth USB Micro Adapter

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      25.09.2012 13:48
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      Get your stuff from A to B without gritting your teeth.

      Most computers have ways of connecting to other devices, be those ways via a cable that you tend to always trip over or using the less dangerous ways of wireless devices. But there is another way that computers can connect with other devices, such as mobile phones (or cell phones depending where you're from), and also a way that mobile phones can connect with each other, but it's the PC connecting that I am talking about today.

      Anyway, most modern day PC's have this capability of connecting to other device, not just via wires or wirelessly, but also via something that is registered as 'Bluetooth', which is not something found inside a blue whales mouth, nor is it a form of gum disease that can't be fought with traditional antibiotics. It is in fact a simple way of using 'radio waves' in order to send data from one device to another at close range.

      As I said, most computers these days are fitted with Bluetooth technology and once used, with the initial set up being the most irritating part, it is an easy, if a little unsafe, way to transfer data.
      But for those PC's that do not have inbuilt Bluetooth technology, maybe some of those older modals, then don't despair, there are little devices out there that can be slotted into you PC so that you can use this technology that has a strange name. ( I mean, 'Bluetooth', who on earth came up with that name? why blue? And why tooth? What were these people drinking that night? Bluetooth vodka???)

      In fact, this happened to me, not the vodka drinking, name suggesting road to nowhere, I mean that I have an old PC that has not got the built in Bluetooth technology so when it came to trying to connect to a mobile phone via this method it was impossible. That was until I went out a bought a tiny little device that slotted into a USB port on that PC and opened up the simple method of data transfer.
      This little device is in fact call the Kensington Bluetooth USB Micro Adapter, and when it say micro it really does mean micro, to a certain extent anyway.

      Firstly, let me tell you a little about this device, what it looks like and what it does...
      It looks like a the end of a broken USB connector that some one has stuck a piece of black plastic too. In fact it is only 14mm x 19mm 0.5mm. Now that is small in anyone's books. The ends, or edges, of the black plastic end, the only part that sticks out of the USB port, there are a couple of parts that help get a finger grip on it for when you want to pull this out of the PC.
      As I said, it connects to a PC via any standard USB port, using 2.0 or even older version of 1.1 as well.
      It has a data transfer rate of up to 3Mbps and uses the old fashioned 2.4GHz frequency band.
      It works on any PC using windows OS XP or later, even running perfectly well on windows 7, (although I've not tried it on 8 as yet? And am not able to say whether it can be used with Mac either).

      What about setting it up..?
      This is a simple matter of ripping this out of the finger slicing, scissor damaging plastic casing that it was trapped inside and slotting it into any spare USB port on your PC. I used one at the rear as this is so small it can stay in place without being in the way of anything at all.
      Then, once inserted, just let it do it's business in finding and installing the drivers that it needs to run. It's best to have an active internet connection here but if you haven't then simply slot the little disc into your disc drive and the drivers will be found on there.
      Once it has found and installed the driver it is then a matter of 'connecting' what ever devices to you PC using the Bluetooth method.
      This is done by following the simple to understand on screen instructions and how ever your particular OS tells you to allow the connections.

      That's it.
      Once you've 'paired' devices to the PC you don't have to pair them again, unless you 'unpair' them, and you them simple select which device you want to send data to from the list of paired devices, as long at all devices have there Bluetooth' switched on.


      My opinion...
      I use this device on my old PC that hasn't got that Bluetooth capability, it was either this or buying and fitting an internal adapter/card which would have been more trouble than it was worth, and as I only use Bluetooth on the odd occasions I couldn't justify the time and hassle that stripping my PC to fit the adapter/card would have involved. So I went for this external, yet rather nifty device.
      It's speeds aren't as fast as those built in ones, in fact it's like the old tortoise and hare tale, only this time the tortoise doesn't win. But it gets the data that I need transferring transferred in a reasonable time, especially as most of the time the data is only in small packages.
      I have tried larger packages which can take some time but they do eventually get there so there's no hassles of getting to 99% and then getting cut off. Which we all find annoying don't we?

      The package transfer is quite safe, only connecting and transferring to device that you want to have your important stuff on, using a number password to 'pair' up the devices that you want to transfer data between, recognising them by the names of those particular devices.

      The adapter itself is tiny and when it's actually in the USB port there's only the little black plastic end that is visible, with the Kensington name etched onto it.. In fact, it is designed in such a way that it almost looks like part of the computer itself, covering the USB port in a non-intrusive manner.

      What more can I tell you about this little wonder?
      Not a lot really as it does exactly what it is supposed to do, albeit at a slightly slower pace than a 'wireless' transfer.
      It connects up in minutes and, once slotted into place, it stays connected until your data has been transferred.

      So what about the cost of this Bluetooth device?
      Well, this adapter sells for around the £12.00 mark which is good value for money indeed for what this little beauty offers.
      If you have a PC that doesn't have inbuilt Bluetooth technology and you want to transfer data to your mobile phone or the like then this is the way to go.


      ©Blissman70 2012

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