Best Bluetooth Adapters

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 30, 2016
If you want to have your personal network at home, then Bluetooth adapter is what you need. This adapter will turn your ordinary PC into Bluetooth-enabled so that you can connect your mobile devices and send files back and forth without any wires and complex configuration. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
INPUT/OUTPUT
BEST FOR
WIRELESS RANGE
WARRANTY
FEATURES
BLUETOOTH VERSION
OS
PACKAGE
SIZE
 
PROS
Pairing with 2 devices simultaneously is not a problem any more with Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity. Clean sound without loss of quality and automatic re-pairing provide even more enjoyable listening. Rubber foot prevents the device from sliding.
CONS
There is no possibility to use 2 audio channels (3.5mm and RCA) simultaneously.
OUR VERDICT
This audio adapter was tuned at Logitech labs, which guarantees that you will get high-quality sound, especially on premium audio systems.
detailed parameters
INPUT/OUTPUT
3.5mm audio, RCA, DC
BEST FOR
Bluetooth Audio Device
WIRELESS RANGE
50 feet
WARRANTY
1-year limited hardware
FEATURES
LED Indicator, Mains supply, Pairing button, 5.5-foot power cord
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 3.0
OS
Windows 8, 7, MacOS, Android
PACKAGE
1x RCA to 3.5mm cable 1x Power cable 1x User manual
SIZE
0.84" x 1.92" x 1.92" 6.2 oz
PROS
There is a built-in battery that makes the device really portable. No need to carry extra charging cable as you can charge the adapter using a micro USB cable from your smartphone. NFC feature allows easy synchronizing with the compatible devices.
CONS
There is no display or at least LED that would indicate battery life.
OUR VERDICT
The given device can be used as a portable adapter to sync your smartphone with any acoustic equipment wherever you are, even in a car.
detailed parameters
INPUT/OUTPUT
Micro USB, 3.5mm audio, DC
BEST FOR
Bluetooth Audio Device
WIRELESS RANGE
33 feet
WARRANTY
1-year extended
FEATURES
Battery life up to 10 hours, NFC protocol, LED Indicator
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 4.0
OS
Windows 8, 7, MacOS, Android
PACKAGE
1x RCA to 3.5mm cable 1x Micro USB cable 1x 3.5mm audio cable 1x Power adapter 1x User manual
SIZE
0.94" x 1.88" x 1.88" 9.6 oz
PROS
Kinivo Bluetooth adapter consumes very little power through computer's USB port. If you’re a Windows 8 user, the driver will be automatically downloaded and installed as soon as Kinivo BTD-400 dongle is plugged in for the first time.
CONS
It takes some time to install the driver on your PC or laptop and set the adapter.
OUR VERDICT
This compact Bluetooth adapter will connect various peripherals to your computer. It's hardly noticeable and provides a high-speed data transmission.
detailed parameters
INPUT/OUTPUT
USB
BEST FOR
PC, Data transferring, Peripherals pairing
WIRELESS RANGE
30 feet
WARRANTY
2-year limited hardware
FEATURES
LED Indicatior, USB power supply
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 4.0
OS
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
PACKAGE
1x User manual 1x Installation CD
SIZE
0.9" х 0.47" х 0.2" 0.2 oz
PROS
This Bluetooth adapter doesn’t require any complex configurations, all you need to do is connect it to the audio system and plug it into the outlet. The longest warranty period guarantees that manufacturer is sure of product quality.
CONS
When any disturbances occur (incoming call, for instance), an automatic re-pairing rarely works.
OUR VERDICT
A simple, versatile and affordable solution for those who want to stream music from a mobile device to a stereo system.
detailed parameters
INPUT/OUTPUT
3.5mm audio, DC
BEST FOR
Bluetooth Audio Device
WIRELESS RANGE
30 feet
WARRANTY
3-year satisfaction guarantee
FEATURES
NFC protocol, LED Indicatior, Mains supply
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 4.0
OS
Windows 8, 7, MacOS, Android
PACKAGE
1x RCA to 3.5mm cable 1x Power cable 1x User manual
SIZE
2.6" x 8.4" x 4.3" 7.2 oz
PROS
Besides supporting Bluetooth 4.0, the adapter is also compatible with previous versions 3.0/2.1/2.0/1.1. If you have any questions concerning the product, technical support is there for you 5 days a week / 12 hours a day.
CONS
Software that comes in the package may seem a little bit complicated to install.
OUR VERDICT
This compact adapter allows syncing your keyboard, mouse, headphones and mobile phones for the maximum convenience of use.
detailed parameters
INPUT/OUTPUT
USB
BEST FOR
PC, Data transferring, Peripherals pairing
WIRELESS RANGE
164 feet
WARRANTY
2 years
FEATURES
LED Indicatior, USB power supply
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 4.0
OS
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
PACKAGE
1x User manual 1x Installation CD
SIZE
0.9" х 0.47" х 0.2" 0.2 oz

What Is It

Every year we add more and more gadgets in our life to make it easier and more interesting. We think it's great since by using advanced technologies, we gain new experience and knowledge. Many of us have already got used to digital technologies. So, it's likely that we can face a problem that one of our devices doesn’t feature Bluetooth to connect gadgets together. In this case, you need a Bluetooth adapter. This compact device links digital devices together wirelessly. For example, it can turn your speaker system into a modern media station which will play your favorite music streamed from your smartphone. It also allows you to synchronize information between PC and other mobile devices.

We also recommend paying attention to our 5 best Bluetooth Headsets that can provide a hands-free communication.

What Features to Compare

Best For

As you already know, Bluetooth adapter allows connecting a computer with peripherals or streaming music from your smartphone to a stereo system. Bluetooth adapters are divided by type of use, so first of all, you need to define what you want from this device. You can use it either for synchronizing peripheral devices with a PC or streaming music wirelessly from Bluetooth devices to non-Bluetooth stereo systems. For example, if you want to send photos from your smartphone to a laptop that doesn’t support Bluetooth or print some documents wirelessly, you need a USB Bluetooth adapter. Just plug the adapter into a free USB port on your laptop or PC and get the chance to exchange data with other Bluetooth devices without any cables. In addition, when you synchronize your PC with a smartphone, you also get the access to your phone contacts and an option to send/receive messages. Bluetooth protocol is supported by almost all modern phones, so in order to communicate with your computer, you only need to plug in a Bluetooth adapter and configure the connection. In case you want to stream music wirelessly from your favorite playlist to a non-Bluetooth audio system, then pay attention to Bluetooth audio adapters which receive audio files of various formats without loss of quality.

Performance

The next step to note is adapter performance. Bluetooth adapters have a different operation range, and the higher it is, the greater distance can be between your gadgets. Like any electronic device, Bluetooth adapter requires power, so USB Bluetooth adapter is obviously powered from a USB slot. Bluetooth audio adapter is powered by AC adapter or built-in battery: the second option makes the adapter portable, so you can use it with any sound system, even the one in your car. The data transfer speed and device efficiency depend on the version of Bluetooth protocol. Adapters with Bluetooth 3.0 version has low power consumption and data rate up to 24 Mb/s, which is enough for streaming music or syncing with peripherals. Bluetooth 4.0 has the same data rate as Bluetooth 3.0, only power consumption is much lower and pairing is much faster.

Features

Another strong reason for buying is usually the presence of different features. Some Bluetooth audio devices have NFC support for a rapid pairing with other NFC compatible devices. You just need to touch your smartphone and music will start playing on your speakers automatically. This feature really speeds up a device pairing process: there will be no need to set a new connection with the same device if your Bluetooth adapter supports an automatic pairing mode. Note that on buying a Bluetooth adapter, you also get the upgrade for your electronic devices.

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Review of Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

One Playlist From Two Devices? A Piece of Cake!

Compact Bluetooth audio adapter Logitech 980-000910 allows connecting two separate devices simultaneously; for example, both a smartphone and a tablet can be connected to the adapter via Bluetooth. Now you can select a playlist, swap audio streams with one press of the adapter’s button. So you don’t have to fight with other members of your family - whose music to play. Make it fair by taking turns: mom listens to jazz from her phone, her son streams his hard rock from a tablet. In case of incoming call or message, the music stops and resumes automatically. Please, keep in mind that to enjoy your favorite music, the stereos have to be located not farther than 50 feet from the adapter.

Good Music Is High-Quality Music!

As you might know, a reliable and high-quality connection between media devices and speaker systems is of the utmost importance. A shielded cable is considered to be the best in terms of connection. After all, the original quality is easy to ruin with poor cables, but we often blame audio equipment itself. To be sure that your stereos will deliver clean, high-quality sound without using any cables, it’s enough to purchase Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter. It was tested in Logitech labs many times to ensure that all the songs would sound exactly the same as they did when recorded in a music studio.

Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter in the use

Why Logitech

Today, Logitech is one of the most famous brands in the world owing to their high-quality products. The leading position is explained by the development of innovative technologies that are applied to all Logitech's products for computer navigation, games, Internet communication, home theaters, digital accessories and more. Focusing on new technologies and high quality, Logitech is constantly developing peripherals for personal computers and digital electronics that let users learn the modern world of new digital technologies.

Detailed review of Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

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Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter application

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Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter
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Review of Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter

Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter

Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter

It Can Always Be With You

Yet you can find yourself in a place with non-Bluetooth sound systems, for example, in a hotel, in a car, or at the party... And what should you do if you want to listen to your favorite track? The answer is simple. With Etekcity Bluetooth audio adapter, you can dictate your rules to any audio system! This compact and lightweight device allows taking it with you wherever you want. But the main advantage that makes it really portable is a built-in battery that provides up to 10 hours of continuous music playback. This adapter is charged via a USB cable within just two hours. All these features make Etekcity Bluetooth audio adapter the perfect tool for synchronizing your smartphone with any sound system at a distance up to 33 feet, wherever you are.

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Instant Synchronization

What do you need to synchronize your device via Bluetooth? You need to enable Bluetooth on your phone, tablet or MP3 player, search for available Bluetooth devices, and then connect to the desired one. But for secure purposes, this device may require entering a 4-digit password. The whole procedure can take several minutes, but not with Etekcity Bluetooth audio adapter! Owing to its NFC capability, the adapter can be instantly connected to any device that supports NFC protocol. Thus, synchronization will be completed within a few seconds. It goes without saying that you skip all those time-consuming steps; the only thing you need to do is attach your phone to this adapter!

Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter in the use

Low Power Consumption

As experience has shown, the battery life depends on many factors. Data transfer technology is one of them. This Bluetooth audio adapter has the lowest power consumption and the highest data transfer rate. Low power consumption is achieved by Bluetooth 4.0 which uses a special algorithm: the transmitter is turned on only when data transmission is carried out.

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Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter application

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Review of Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter

Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter

Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter

Make Ready

Kinivo BTD-400 package already comes with a user manual and installation CD. The driver is compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP but is not compatible with Mac OS. But if your computer doesn’t have a disk drive, you can always download the driver from the official website. After driver installation, plug Kinivo BTD-400 into a USB port. As soon as you see Bluetooth icon in the lower corner of your screen, you can synchronize your mobile and peripheral devices with the computer. Note that several devices can be connected via Bluetooth simultaneously (printer, headset, mouse, keyboard, etc.). In theory, 7 devices can be connected at once, but as experience shows synchronization is limited to 4 devices only.

Review of Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter

Now Your PC Has Bluetooth 4.0

Kinivo BTD-400 turns any computer into a Bluetooth 4.0 compatible one. Now your computer can exchange files via Bluetooth wireless connection at a speed up to 24 Mb/s.  You can share your photos, music, documents from a PC or laptop with your smartphone or vice versa. With this adapter, you can enjoy your favorite music or have skype conversation from anywhere in the room (up to 30 feet). In addition, owing to its compactness, the adapter is hardly noticeable when it’s plugged into a USB port. Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that Kinivo BTD-400 has a high energy efficiency ratio.

Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter in the use

Bluetooth Turns 22!

Back in 1994, a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment Ericsson has started invention of Bluetooth technology as a wireless alternative to RS-232 cable. Initially, Bluetooth technology has been adapted to the needs of those who used FLYWAY functional interface. Now it's more than 20 years since Bluetooth has been helping us to exchange the data between smartphones, PCs, laptops, etc. For Bluetooth synchronization, devices must be paired within a range of 30 to 300 feet, which strongly depends on obstacles.

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Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter application

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Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth USB Adapter
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Review of Brightech Bluetooth Audio Receiver / Adapter

Brightech Bluetooth Audio Receiver / Adapter

Brightech Bluetooth Audio Receiver / Adapter

New Life for Old Speakers

One day, we have found an old sound system. Its wood body was covered with a thick layer of dust. But the speakers seemed to be ready to rock any time. After washing off the dust and polishing the wood surface, the speakers got a completely new look, as if they were just manufactured. And.. it's unbelievable, but! Having been connected to the power supply and Brightech Bluetooth audio adapter, they got a new life! So, now we can listen to favorite tracks from a tablet, smartphone or laptop without loss of quality. At all! The BrightPlay Live receiver adapted the old sound system to the rhythm of modern life. Brightech really did a miracle! 

Review of Brightech Bluetooth Audio Receiver / Adapter

Struggle for Connection

This Bluetooth adapter supports NFC for instant wireless pairing with other NFC-compatible devices. Stream music just by touching the Brightech adapter with your smartphone. And cancel synchronization with one more touch! NFC protocol boosts the speed of connection, so you can instantly enjoy your favorite tracks. As NFC protocol is supported by a lot of mobile devices, it can bring competitiveness among family members: the fastest gets the right to stream his music first. Here is a full list of mobile devices that support NFC.

Brightech Bluetooth Audio Receiver / Adapter in the use

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Review of Avantree Bluetooth USB Dongle Adapter

Avantree Bluetooth USB Dongle Adapter

Avantree Bluetooth USB Dongle Adapter

Simple Solution

It’s a commonly known fact that not all PCs have built-in Bluetooth, and not all laptops have power-efficient and high-speed Bluetooth adapter to synchronize mobile devices and peripherals. Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle USB adapter solves this problem in the best way possible. Easy installation, compact size, and the high data transfer rate make this adapter the best option for most devices. Installation takes just a second, and the driver, that comes on a CD will configure the adapter in a couple of minutes. If you’re a Windows 8.1/10 user, the driver can be even downloaded automatically from the official site. Please, note, the given adapter isn’t compatible with Mac OS.

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Discover New Possibilities

Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle USB adapter gives you a lot of new opportunities. For example, you can listen to music through wireless headphones at a certain distance from your PC and link the keyboard and a mouse in the meanwhile, thus, you won’t be annoyed with all those wires. Furthermore, if your sound system is Bluetooth-enabled, you can stream music on it right from your computer. Also, most of peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, etc. can be connected via Bluetooth, which allows you not to clutter up your workspace and find a more convenient place for them. Synching the adapter with a mobile phone also brings some interesting features. Now you can see your contacts on the computer, quickly write and send messages, and of course receive photos, videos, audio files, and text documents.

Avantree Bluetooth USB Dongle Adapter in the use

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