Bluetooth is very convenient because it is installed in smartphones and PCs and can be wirelessly connected to earphones and keyboards. However, some computers and devices may not have Bluetooth installed. In such a case, a Bluetooth adapter for pc enables you to use Bluetooth simply by connecting to the terminal and pairing it.
However, Bluetooth adapters look very similar, so it’s easy to lose track of which one to use. Which products from various manufacturers, such as Elecom, IO Data Device, Sanwa Supply, etc., should be selected? This time, we will introduce the latest recommended popular products in 2021 in ranking format, along with how to choose a Bluetooth adapter. Please refer to it and prepare a comfortable computer environment!
What is Bluetooth?
First, let me briefly explain what Bluetooth is. Bluetooth is one of the wireless communication standards for short-range wireless communication. Bluetooth communicates using radio waves in the 2.4 GHz band and connects many things such as smartphones, earphones, personal computers, and wireless mice.
The development of Bluetooth began in the latter half of the 1990s, but it became popular in Japan in the 2000s. Entering the age of smartphones, it has become one of the indispensable technologies.
Bluetooth is often installed in smartphones and personal computers, but it may not be installed in rare cases. In such a case, the Bluetooth adapter that we will introduce will be helpful too!
How to choose a Bluetooth adapter
Bluetooth adapters look similar, and all give the same impression. However, the function is unexpectedly different, so please check how to choose it.
1. Select by Bluetooth Class
First of all, there is a “Class” in Bluetooth. This shows the strength of radio waves in stages, from Class 1 to Class 3. Since Class 1 has strong radio waves, it is possible to communicate at a distance of 100 m, Class 2 speaks within a range of 10 m, and Class 3 communicates within a range of about 1 m.
Currently, Class 1 and Class 2 are the mainstream, and there are few Class 3 ones. If you want to communicate with something far away from your office, choose Class 1, and if you only use it near your computer, Class 2 will suffice.
2. Select by Bluetooth version
Bluetooth is also evolving day by day, and there are versions. There are 1.0b to 5.0, but the ones currently popular and easy to get are 4.0 and later versions. 4.0 specializes in power saving and can operate for a very long time with a small amount of power.
Bluetooth is compatible. For example, 5.0 and 4.0 devices can be connected (communication speed, etc., will be the specifications of the lower version). However, please note that there may be an incompatibility between 3.0 and earlier versions and 4.0 and later versions.
You need to make sure you know which version of the device you want to connect to via Bluetooth.
3. Carefully choose your profile
Bluetooth has a profile. Many things can be done with Bluetooth device communication, but not all devices can use all the functions, and it is decided that each device can do it. We call it a profile.
There are numerous types of profiles, including A2DP for stereo audio communication, BIP for still image transfer, and HFP for hands-free phone communication with headsets.
Bluetooth devices support various profiles, but they cannot be used unless both keep the shape. The Bluetooth adapter has many profiles, but please check carefully what you want to be a Bluetooth device and whether it corresponds to the profile you wish to use.
Bluetooth adapter recommended popularity ranking.
We are introducing popular Bluetooth adapters in ranking format. The ranking is based on the best-selling orders (as of April 07, 2020) of each EC site, such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping.
No.1 ELECOM Bluetooth (R) USB adapter: Bluetooth adapter for pc
Lightweight and compact model that is convenient to carry
The maximum communication distance is 10m, and you can connect to various Bluetooth-equipped devices such as your home printer. Adopts IVT stack “Bluesoleil” and supports 27 types of profiles. Since it is as small as 2g, it does not pop out even when attached to a laptop computer, making it convenient to carry.
Recommended for those who want to connect a wide range of devices such as smartphones, headsets, and mice.
|Maximum connection range||10m|
|Profile||AVRCP, A2DP, BIP, BLP.DI, etc.|
|Supported OS||Windows Vista / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10|
|size||19 x 12.8 x 6.1 mm|
No.2 TP-LINK Bluetooth 4.0 nano USB adapter: Bluetooth adapter for pc
Ultra-compact size that is convenient to carry
It supports Bluetooth 4.0, which is attractive for power saving and backward compatibility, such as V3.0 and 2.1. If the host computer is equipped with Windows 8 or later, you can use it immediately by plugging it into the USB port. It’s an ultra-small size of about 100 yen, so it doesn’t get in the way even if you move it while it’s plugged into your laptop.
Recommended for those who also have an older Bluetooth version of the device.
|Maximum connection range||20m|
|Profile||AVRCP, A2DP, BIP, BPP.DID, etc.|
|Supported OS||Windows XP / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10|
|size||14.8 x 6.8 x 18.9 mm|
No.3 ZAPPOS Bluetooth adapter: Bluetooth adapter for pc
Adopts Bluetooth 5.0 with high-security performance
It is compatible with Class 2 and enables stable transmission and reception up to a range of 10 to 20 m while suppressing delay. The adopted Bluetooth 5.0 automatically generates a security key every time you connect to prevent unauthorized access. It supports not only Windows 10 but also seven and Vista.
Recommended for those who want to enjoy music and calls comfortably without being bothered by cables.
|Maximum connection range||20m|
|USB standard||2.0, 3.0|
|Supported OS||Windows Vista / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10, etc.|
No.4 ELECOM Bluetooth (R) USB adapter: Bluetooth adapter for pc
Supports 26 types of profiles
Adopts high output Class 1 that enables stable connection up to a radius of 100 m. It supports Windows standard stack and IVT stack and has 26 types of profiles. So if you use Windows 10, you don’t need to install it. Instead, plug it into a USB, and you can use it easily.
Recommended for those who want to connect to distant equipment in an ample space such as an office.
|Maximum connection range||100m|
|Profile||A2DP, ANP, AVRCP, BIP, BLP, DI, DUN, FAX, FMP, etc.|
|Supported OS||Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10|
|size||23.0 x 12.0 x 5.1 mm|
No.5 Creative media Creative BT-W2: Bluetooth adapter for pc
Supports high-quality audio codecs
We specialize in transmitting audio data from PCs and Sony PlayStation 4 to Bluetooth audio devices. It supports not only general SBC but also high-quality audio codecs such as aptX and aptX Low Latency. As a result, there is no need to set it with a dedicated driver when connecting, and it is also attractive that pairing can be done quickly.
It is recommended for those who want to enjoy high-quality sound on a computer or game.
|Maximum connection range||About 10m|
|version||2.1 + EDR|
|Supported OS||Windows Vista / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10, Mac OS X 10.7 and above|
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