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Very small Bluetooth USB adapter for $9.99
Marvin Hlavac
A couple of months ago I bought a micro Bluetooth USB adapter, just like the one on this picture, in a local store here in Toronto. I needed one because my HP tx2000 doesn't have a built-in Bluetooth, and I needed to test a Bluetooth GPS receiver then. I mentioned my purchase to Terry and Ken, and they were actually interested at that time. I checked with the store the next day, but they were sold out.

Now I came across the same thing at a couple of online retailers. Well, actually I don't know if it is the same exact brand and model, but I don't think that matters much. What's beautiful about these Bluetooth USB adapters is their size. It is just so incredibly small. Plug it into one of your USB ports on your laptop computer, or UMPC, or your tablet PC, and you will not even know it is there. And the $9.99 can't be beat.

If you end up buying one, or if you own one already, let us know how you like it.
BugsyChow
I added one of those bluetooth adapters to my hp pavilion laptop a few months ago. The thing is awesome I then got myself a bluetooth mouse. It works very well no complaints here. Best thing about the bluetooth adapter is it is tiny. Plug in and leave it. Just waiting now for my i.Trek M7 to arrive.

Bugsy
glennw
Marvin,
Where did you get it. I went to the Semsons website to order and shipping would be $24.00 so I want to see if your source has stock again.

Glenn
Marvin Hlavac
Glenn, some time ago chenmoon posted a link to in the following thread: <removed expired link>. The link leads to the store's special offers flyer. I just checked it, and they now have a tiny Bluetooth USB adapter for $11.99. Check the addresses to see if you live near one of their locations. I bought mine in the store on 1150 Sheppard Ave West.
glennw
Marvin,
The Tech Source ad you referred to showed a slightly different model than you show in the lead post in this thread.
I went at lunch time and bought one that looks just like your picture above for $11.99 plus tax.
Thanks for the heads up.
Glenn
Marvin Hlavac
I also had seen the round one advertised before I went to the store to buy it. However, the sales person gave me the square one, just like the one on the picture here. It's incredible how these Bluetooth USB adapters have become small.
tcassidy
I just received one from Semsons. Unfortunately, it sticks out as far as my Bluetooth SD card. It is a bit more robust though. The software included for XP is Bluesoleil 2.7.035. I've used it before and it seems fine. It installs in a couple of minutes. Widcomm and Toshiba Bluetooth stacks take 20-40 minutes but I have never figured out why.

Marvin, on your Vista tablet, it would probably use the Microsoft stack. I am sure you can do this in XP SP2 as well but can't remember how.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Terry, yes, I can't remember now for sure, but I think I just plugged it into one of the USB ports, and it just worked.
BugsyChow
I got my software only version of Mobile pc today. I put in my new product key. And wow it found i.Trek m7 real fast. I must say the new sensor was the way to go I am inside and it found sat signal no problem. I love the bluetooth setup. No more worrying about cord lenth. I can't wait to go on a road trip now.

Bugsy
Marvin Hlavac


Enjoy your new toy, BugsyChow! How is your laptop going to be mounted in your vehicle? When it is all set up, please post some photos
SpadesFlush
IOGear makes a smaller, smoother, more inconspicuous BT-USB receiver, but it costs more.
Marvin Hlavac
I don't think it is much smaller, but I think it is nicer looking!
Marvin Hlavac
Bluetooth USB adapters are getting ridiculously cheap. I see some of them in the $1 to $2 price range.
icegod2u
I'm new to laptop gps and the forum, so forgive if I'm in the wrong place or ask the wrong questions. I have Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008, but without the GPS receiver. I have a Palm Navigator kit for the Treo 700W that I no longer use. Thus I have the matchbox sized receiver which seems very adequate on the Treo. My question is: Can I use the receiver with the MS S&T? And do I need a blutooth adapter on my PC? There is a USB cord, but I presume that is used only for charging. Thanks, CharlieG
tcassidy
The newer Palm GPS kits don't appear to use Bluetooth. However, there is no information that the GPS data actually appears on the USB connection either.

I would invest is a new GPS and sell that one to someone with a Treo. You might consider a GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS receiver, a good inexpensive device.

Terry
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