Cirago BTA 7300 Lightning Review—Boom! Instant Connectivity

Getting my geriatric laptop to play with whichever Wi-Fi network I'm using is always an adventure. Almost as fun as trying to pair my wireless headphones with the machine's non-existent Bluetooth connection. If only there were a single dongle to do both—easily.

O Hai!

What Is It?

A wireless networking dongle that brings both Bluetooth 3.0 High-Speed and 802.11n Wi-Fi to any PC with a USB port. Hello the future.

Who's it For?

People like me who have piece of shit laptops and would rather go on a three-day bender than buy fancy new ("up to date") machines.

Design

It kinda looks like a piece of blister-pack gum, and it's only slightly larger than one.

Using It

Plug into USB port, install driver software. Away you go. Once up and running, the Cirago automatically scans for available Wi-Fi networks easily pairs with virtually all Bluetooth devices.

The Best Part

It's $40.

Tragic Flaw

Sorry MacLover, this little guy is Windows-only.

This Is Weird...

The Bluetooth manager program consistently asks for a device password, regardless of whether it actually has one or not—like for my Arriva Leo headphones. "000000" seems to work in most cases.

Test Notes

• Network connection speeds using the dongle averaged slightly lower than using my laptop's internal radio on my test network (~48Mb/s external vs 54Mb/s internal)

Cirago BTA 7300 Specs



Standards: Bluetooth 3.0 High-Speed, 802.11n Wi-Fi
OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Range: 10 meters (33 feet)
Dimensions: 1.18 x 0.47 x 0.2 inches
Price: $40

Should You Buy It?

If you need something like this, then yes. It's a small, cheap, and relatively speedy.


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