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IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

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  • Bluetooth 4.0 4 dBm(Class 2)
  • Up to 3.0Mbps Transfer rate
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The IOGEAR Bluetooth USB Micro Adapter offers Bluetooth connectivity at a fraction of the size of normal Bluetooth USB adapters. About the size of an adult fingernail, the IOGEAR Bluetooth USB Micro Adapter allows users to connect to all the latest Bluetooth devices like cell phones, PDAs, mice and keyboards. Because the Micro Adapter is so small you can easily plug it into your computer without blocking any surrounding USB ports. The Micro Adapter also features Bluetooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) technology for transfer rates that are 3 times faster than traditional Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2 adapters.

The Micro Adapter allows users to connect up to seven Bluetooth devices together and transfer even the largest files quickly and easily. With the Micro Adapter's lower power consumption, you can enjoy longer battery life on your notebook computer. This Bluetooth Class 2 adapter is compatible with both Mac and PC computers, and offers a wireless range of 30 feet (10 meter). It is great for both home and mobile networking needs.

  • newegg Rich-Featured Bluetooth Adapter The IOGEAR GBU421 Bluetooth adapter turns any computer with a USB port into a Bluetooth enabled computer with up to 30 ft wireless range and the ability of connecting up to 7 Bluetooth devices. It supports Bluetooth EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for up to 2.1Mbps data transfer - 3x faster than Bluetooth 1.1 or 1.2, Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP) for stereo wireless streaming and built-in security to assure the privacy of your communication-pairing, encryption, and authentication.
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Learn more about the IOGEAR GBU521

Model

Brand
IOGEAR
Model
GBU521

Spec

Interface
USB
Bluetooth Standards
Bluetooth 4.0
Transfer rate
Up to 3.0Mbps
Antenna
Integrated Antenna
Range
30ft (10m)
Security
128b AES and application layer user defined
Transmission Power
4 dBm(Class 2)
Sensitivity
<-82dBm at < 0.1% BER
Radio Frequency
2.402 GHz - 2.4835 GHz
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Dimensions
0.38" x 0.75"x 0.69"
Weight
0.2oz.

Features

Features
Wirelessly communicates with Bluetooth-enabled computers, printers, PDAs, cell phones, headsets, and more

Allows any computer with a USB port to become a Bluetooth enabled computer

Ultra-low power consumption

Supports dual-mode and Bluetooth Low Energy

Supports maximum asynchronous transfer rate of 3Mbps

Wideband audio support: provides clear perception of voice when using a Bluetooth headset, and enhances the functionality of echo cancellation and noise reduction

2.4GHz ~ 2.4835GHz ISM Band

Ultra portable - tiny enough to stay with your laptop

Supports A2DP stereo audio wireless streaming

Built-in security to assure the privacy of your communication-pairing, encryption, and authentication

Supports the following services: Generic Access (GAP), Serial Port (SPP), Dial-Up Networking (DUN), Bluetooth Proximity Profile, LAN Access (LAP), Object Push (OPP), File Transfer (FTP), Headset (HSP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP), Synchronization (SYNCH)

Backwards compatible with Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, 2.0 and 3.0

Packaging

Package Contents
1 Bluetooth to USB adapter
1 Driver/Manual CD*
1 Quick Start Guide
1 Warranty / Registration Card
Warning: *The included CD is a mini size disket, and it is recommended not to insert the mini size CD into the slot-loading CD ROM drive to avoid damaging the slot-loading CD ROM drive.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Nahian K.
  • 4/7/2014 6:12:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat product

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: Great didnt break out on me. Has bluetooth 4.0 can do many things like streaming sound.

Cons: Doesnt have a good range. I need to be able to use it from a distance.

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  • Donald H.
  • 4/2/2014 10:25:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: Works very well easy set up. I use it for my speakers, mouse, cell phone. No problems with fit and looks cool.

Cons: none, not one thing

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  • Jeremy V.
  • 3/24/2014 2:25:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little BT hub

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: -BT 4.0
-Has no issue picking up any BT device that you try to pair.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: It just works.

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  • David A.
  • 3/12/2014 8:43:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Buy

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: It's a solid buy for a low cost. It does the job well - I primarily use it for a bluetooth speaker as well as interacting easily with my phone. It's very small!

Cons: None that I can really think of. It was a little hard to fit into the slot and probably hard to take out, so might not be ideal for those moving it around often.

Other Thoughts: I love having bluetooth available on my PC

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  • Tyler S.
  • 3/11/2014 2:35:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken within 2 months, terrible customer support

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: Small, affordable

Cons: Product stopped working within 2 months like many other people have reported. Called to have an RMA issued and the customer support was terrible. The person I spoke to mumbled, was rude and acted as if it was a huge inconvenience both when I originally requested the RMA and then when I followed up a week later to make sure the broken product was received. Also found myself often left on hold for long periods of time even though it was during their business hours and was allegedly first in cue. I think they have only one individual as customer support who take random breaks.

Other Thoughts: As a business owner myself I have very low tolerance for poor customer service. If you're going to act like it's a huge inconvenience when people request RMA's then make a reliable product to begin with.

Also the fact it died in only two months has me worried now. The product only cost $15.00 yet it costs $5.00 to ship it back with tracking the method they require. If this happens again in another few months I've already almost spent as much in shipping for replacements as the product originally cost. Keep that in mind when you consider purchasing this item.

I will NOT be buying any product from IOGear in the future as a result of first experience with this company.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. The unit is backed by IOGEAR's 3 year warranty. The GBU521 is not a high failure item so the problem experienced may be related to the Bluetooth stack built into your O.S. or a possible hardware conflict. As to the experience of long wait times we were most likely busy with other customers. Certain times of the day will have a much higher call volume than others. All of the IOGEAR reps take calls, live chats and answer emails at the same time. It may have been the rep was Multi- Tasking with different products so the rep may not have seemed interested in your situation even though this was most likely not the case. If a device is found to be defective it will be replaced under the RMA policy. Please call the support line at 866-946-4327 or email us at support@iogear.com. Please refer to this Newegg post and give us another shot to rectify the situation. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • ethan c.
  • 3/8/2014 9:01:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

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Pros: It was on sale! i wanted be able to play/transfer music/files between my ps and phone. bought this, installed the driver software and boom

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: its very tiny

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  • Blake G.
  • 3/3/2014 1:23:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsworks well

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: simple, easy. low profile, and works. also works with my first party xbox wireless headset

Cons: does NOT support the use of PS3 contollers which is half reason i bought it. real shame :-/

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  • John M.
  • 2/28/2014 2:56:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: It works, and it is small enough to keep plugged in at all times. Also has a Blue LED to let you know it is working.

The range is also pretty good too. I can walk out to my mailbox before i get any distortion in music i am listening to on my headset.

Cons: Never did get the disk that came with it to work. However i was able to find the drivers pretty easily online at the manufacturer's website. Not a big deal...but i gotta knock an egg off for that.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a good product. I use it while i am gaming with TS3.

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  • RYAN P.
  • 2/25/2014 5:23:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks!

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: Its small enough to ignore. It works so far with my PC and Bluetooth headphones. Took some fijiguring with my sound card settings. I wish realtek kept its XP interface in Windows 7. Did I digress!? Oh, I got it pretty cheap on sale.

Cons: I digress when talking about it.

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 2/24/2014 8:24:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied in 2 weeks

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter

Pros: It works until it dies.

Cons: It may quickly.

Other Thoughts: Worked fine out of the box in WIN7 (havent tested WIN8 yet), but the darn thing died on me within a couple weeks.

Since I had purchased 2 of these things, I just swapped out the broken one with the other new one. However, I wasnt convinced the one was actually broken and had meant to test it on other systems, but I didnt have a chance to do so until recently. Of course I'm now way past the 30 day warranty and am stuck with a useless piece of plastic and metal.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. Since the unit is backed by IOGEAR's 3 year warranty feel free to contact our customer support at 1-866-946-4327 or email us: support@iogear.com. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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