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How to add Bluetooth to the PC

The dear and old Bluetooth, one of the first technologies able to connect two devices between them with a wireless connection. Although many years have passed, it is still a widely used technology, useful not only for exchanging data but also for transmitting audio signals (just think of the Bluetooth speakers or connectivity in cars) and videos that, lately, are bringing a new youth to life ( just think of Bluetooth 5.0) to a standard that was slowly falling into disuse.

Despite the very low costs of the transmitters, many computers, both portable and desktop, do not have built-in Bluetooth technology. This is a shortcoming that is often felt particularly, as in the connection of a device that supports this standard.

So how to add bluetooth to your PC? Do not worry, we will not have to open the case or make special hardware changes, but we will need only simple USB or PCIe receivers / transmitters that will perform the required work very well.

In this guide, we will see how to choose a Bluetooth receiver and which are the best models to buy.

How to choose a receiver / transmitter

There are not many aspects to consider when buying an item of this type. However, the few features to consider are fundamental if we want to buy a valid product that is perfectly compatible with our PC.

Bluetooth version

To take full advantage of Bluetooth devices, it is advisable to purchase a model with Bluetooth 4.0 or later support. Previous versions are still compatible with most devices, but fail to guarantee coverage and efficiency on par with 4.0 and 5.0.

They can also present some problems with the connection between the various devices. For this reason, we always recommend choosing a receiver / transmitter with the latest standard support.

Driver

Most receivers / transmitters are self-configuring, especially on PC with Windows 10. If a miniCD is present in the product package, it is advisable to install the device drivers for greater compatibility and to avoid future problems.

USB or PCIe adapters

Bluetooth receivers can be purchased in two formats: USB dongles and PCIe interface cards. The first format is the one most purchased by users, as it is easy to install and configure. It does not guarantee optimal coverage and, very often; it can present possible interferences and difficulties in the connection with the devices.

PCIe cards, on the other hand, guarantee excellent coverage and excellent performance, but are difficult to install for less-experienced users. Some network cards integrate Bluetooth technology directly into the same card.


The best models

Avantree Leaf Long Range USB Bluetooth

Avantree Leaf Class 1 Long Range USB Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter for PC Laptop Mac PS4 Nintendo Switch, Wireless Audio Dongle for Headphones Speakers Only, Plug and Play, aptX Low Latency
812 Reviews
Avantree Leaf Class 1 Long Range USB Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter for PC Laptop Mac PS4 Nintendo Switch, Wireless Audio Dongle for Headphones Speakers Only, Plug and Play, aptX Low Latency
  • [BLUETOOTH STREAMING] Add a BT sound device to your PC, laptop, Mac, PS4 or...
  • [A GAMERS DREAM] Leaf allows for simultaneous music and voice while gaming when...
  • [LONG RANGE] Featuring Bluetooth Class I technology, Leaf transmits audio...
  • [PLUG & PLAY] Not a tech junkie? No problem! With our Bluetooth transmitter,...
  • [NO MORE DELAY] Featuring aptX Low Latency technology, leaf allows you to reduce...

It is a USB adapter compatible with both Windows PC and Mac. Being a Plug-n-Play device, it does not need any driver installation. We can easily connect our devices, such as headphones and joysticks, and achieve maximum compatibility.

However, it does not support data transfer. It is also compatible with the new Nintendo Switch. If we are looking for a versatile adapter that is compatible with all devices, this model is the one for us.

ASUS PCE-AC55BT

37%
ASUS PCE-AC55BT B1 AC1200 Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 PCIe/Mpcie Adapter
571 Reviews
ASUS PCE-AC55BT B1 AC1200 Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 PCIe/Mpcie Adapter
  • AC1200 high speed wireless internet connectivity
  • Wireless AC dual band for low latency streaming and high performance online...
  • Bluetooth 4.2 and BLE connectivity
  • External antenna base for optimum signal reception
  • Operating frequency: 2.4 ghz/ 5 ghz

This PCIe adapter supports Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The antenna is on an external base and can be placed and oriented freely thanks to the 1 m long cable. It also supports BLE technology, which guarantees low energy consumption. The signal, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, is excellent in all conditions.


So let’s see what are the best sellers on the Amazon store:

33%Bestseller No. 1
TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC 4.0 Bluetooth Dongle Receiver | Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Printer, Headset, Speaker, PS4/ Xbox Controllers Only (UB400)
855 Reviews
TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC 4.0 Bluetooth Dongle Receiver | Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Printer, Headset, Speaker, PS4/ Xbox Controllers Only (UB400)
  • 【Plug & play or free driver】 – plug and play for Win 8, Win 8. 1, and win...
  • 【Nano-sized】 – a sleek, ultra-small design means you can insert the Nano...
  • 【Reliability】 – enable wireless communication with Bluetooth-enabled...
  • 【Broad operation range】 – with a transmission distance of up to 65 ft, you...
  • 【Worry-free customer support & 】 - industry leading 24-month and free...
8%Bestseller No. 2
Bluetooth Adapter for PC,Techkey USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 EDR Dongle for Computer Desktop Wireless Transfer for Laptop Bluetooth Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Printer Windows 10/8.1/8/7
3 Reviews
Bluetooth Adapter for PC,Techkey USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 EDR Dongle for Computer Desktop Wireless Transfer for Laptop Bluetooth Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Printer Windows 10/8.1/8/7
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 DONGLE: Applies the latest Bluetooth 5.0+EDR adapter, Bluetooth...
  • FAST AND FURTHER: Fast and further working distance than Bluetooth 4.0 Supports...
  • MINI SIZE: Extremely compact USB adapter allows you to leave it on laptop or PC,...
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Bluetooth 5.0+ EDR, it is backward compatible with...
  • SYSTEM SUPPORT: Only Win7/Win8/Win8. 1/Win10(need driver), (Not work with Mac...
Bestseller No. 3
USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC - Bluetooth Dongle for PC Windows 10/8/7 - PC to Bluetooth Adapter - Bluetooth USB Receiver 4.0 for Computer/Laptop
3 Reviews
USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC - Bluetooth Dongle for PC Windows 10/8/7 - PC to Bluetooth Adapter - Bluetooth USB Receiver 4.0 for Computer/Laptop
  • INSTANT BLUETOOTH FOR YOUR PC OR LAPTOP - Start enjoying perfect connectivity!...
  • LIGHTNING FAST - Finally, a Bluetooth V4.0 dongle that delivers in time, all the...
  • ONE-MINUTE INSTALLATION - Plug & Play installation means you can simply plug in...
  • INCREDIBLE RANGE - With a frequency band of 2.402Ghz - 2.480Ghz, our PC...
  • MANUFACTURERS GUARANTEED – Enjoy EVEO Bluetooth Dongle anytime you need, and...
Bestseller No. 4
ASUS USB-BT400 USB Adapter w/ Bluetooth Dongle Receiver, Laptop & PC Support, Windows 10 Plug and Play /8/7/XP, Printers, Phones, Headsets, Speakers, Keyboards, Controllers,Black
1,381 Reviews
ASUS USB-BT400 USB Adapter w/ Bluetooth Dongle Receiver, Laptop & PC Support, Windows 10 Plug and Play /8/7/XP, Printers, Phones, Headsets, Speakers, Keyboards, Controllers,Black
  • Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter
  • USB 2.0, Up to 3Mbps and Over 10 meters in free space
  • Frequency Band: 2.4~2.4835GHz unlicensed ISM band
  • OS Support: Windows 8 , 32bit/64bit / Windows 7 , 32bit/64bit / Windows XP ,...
39%Bestseller No. 5
ZEXMTE Bluetooth USB Adapter CSR 4.0 USB Dongle Bluetooth Receiver Transfer Wireless Adapter for Laptop PC Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP,Mouse and Keyboard,Headset
2,538 Reviews
ZEXMTE Bluetooth USB Adapter CSR 4.0 USB Dongle Bluetooth Receiver Transfer Wireless Adapter for Laptop PC Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP,Mouse and Keyboard,Headset
  • Transmission rate: Bluetooth adapter supports maximum transfer rate up to 3Mbps...
  • Designed for Windows. Plug and play for Windows 8/10 system. Driver only needed...
  • High compatibility: support 32bit/64bit Win 10/8/7/ Vista and XP, enables PC or...
  • Low energy: USB Bluetooth dongle applies the latest Bluetooth 4.0 with low...
  • Extremely small: small size allows you to leave it on laptop or PC, no need to...
13%Bestseller No. 6
Avantree DG40S USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC, Bluetooth Dongle 4.0 for Desktop Laptop Computer, Mouse, Keyboard, Headphones Stereo Music, Skype Calls, Support All Windows 10 8.1 8 7 XP Vista
3,623 Reviews
Avantree DG40S USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC, Bluetooth Dongle 4.0 for Desktop Laptop Computer, Mouse, Keyboard, Headphones Stereo Music, Skype Calls, Support All Windows 10 8.1 8 7 XP Vista
  • [Enable bluetooth compatibility] For Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP Laptop or...
  • [Multiple usage] Connect with Bluetooth headphones, speakers or receivers for...
  • [Wide range of device support] Connect with Bluetooth keyboards & mice (NOT 2.4G...
  • [Plug & play or Free driver] For native Win 10, plug into USB port and windows...
  • [Support] Avantree stands behind this product with 12-Month (extend to 24 months...
Bestseller No. 7
Techkey USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle for PC Laptop Computer Desktop Stereo Music, Skype Call, Keyboard, Mouse, Support All Windows 10 8.1 8 7 XP Vista
246 Reviews
Techkey USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle for PC Laptop Computer Desktop Stereo Music, Skype Call, Keyboard, Mouse, Support All Windows 10 8.1 8 7 XP Vista
  • For Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP Laptop or desktop computer. Turns...
  • Connect with Bluetooth headphones, speakers or receivers for wireless stereo...
  • Connect with Bluetooth keyboards & mice (NOT 2.4G devices), printers,...
  • For native Win 10, plug into USB port and windows will auto-install the required...
  • Techkey stands behind this product with 24-Month Warranty. Step-by-step Video...
33%Bestseller No. 8
TP-Link USB Wifi Adapter for PC N150 Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop - Nano Size Wifi Dongle Compatible with Windows 10/7/8/8.1/XP/ Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Linux Kernel 2.6.18-4.4.3 (TL-WN725N)
4,713 Reviews
TP-Link USB Wifi Adapter for PC N150 Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop - Nano Size Wifi Dongle Compatible with Windows 10/7/8/8.1/XP/ Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Linux Kernel 2.6.18-4.4.3 (TL-WN725N)
  • USB WiFi Adapter: Upgrade your WiFi speeds up to 150 Mbps for lag free video...
  • Stronger Wi Fi Coverage: 2. 4GHz band Wi Fi covers your house everywhere
  • Mini Design: allows you to plug it in and forget it is even there; Wireless...
  • Industry leading support: 2 Year and Free 24/7 technical support
  • Compatibility: Compatible with Windows (XP/7/8/8. 1/10) Mac OS (10. 9 - 10. 15)...
10%Bestseller No. 9
600Mbps Bluetooth 4.2 USB WiFi Adapter, Dual Band 2.4Ghz / 5.8Ghz USB Wireless Adapter with 2DBI Antenna, USB WiFi Dongle for Desktop/Computer, Support Win Vista/XP/7/8.1/10/MacOS 10.6~10.15.3
  • Wifi and Bluetooth: New upgrade technology, based on the original wifi function,...
  • High Performance Chip: The high-performance chip is added to maximize the...
  • Dual-Frequency Support: Supports 2. 4Ghz and 5. 8Ghz signal frequencies,...
  • Detachable Antenna: Equipped with a detachable 2DBI high-gain antenna, it is...
  • Wi-Fi Hot Spot & Warranty: You can create a Hot spot with the Soft AP Function...
44%Bestseller No. 10
Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible, Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
5,429 Reviews
Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter (Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Raspberry Pi, Linux Compatible, Classic Bluetooth, and Stereo Headset Compatible)
  • START USING BLUETOOTH - Adds Bluetooth to your Windows 10, 8, and 7 PC. Supports...
  • CONNECT YOUR DEVICES - Supports wireless Bluetooth headphones, speakers,...
  • TINY DESIGN - This mini USB dongle can stay plugged in while you are on the...
  • COMPATIBILITY - Not usable in car stereos, TVs, or Mac computers. Not...
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of...

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