Guide

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 PS5 Linux Switch, USB 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

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:

17%Bestseller No. 1
TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC(UB400), 4.0 Bluetooth Dongle Receiver Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Printers, Headsets, Speakers, PS4/ Xbox Controllers
  • NOTE: The item is compatible with windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP. However, on the box...
  • Bluetooth 4.0 – applies the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and it is backward compatible...
  • Plug & play or free driver – plug and play for Win 8, Win 8.1, and win 10....
  • Nano-sized – a sleek, ultra-small design means you can insert the Nano adapter...
  • Reliability – enable wireless communication with Bluetooth-enabled computers,...
Bestseller No. 2
TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC, 5.0 Bluetooth Dongle Receiver (UB500) Supports Windows 10/8.1/7 for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Printers, Headsets, Speakers, PS4/ Xbox Controllers
  • Bluetooth 5.0 – Applies the latest Bluetooth 5.0 + EDR technology and is...
  • Faster Speed, Farther Coverage - With the more advanced technology, this USB...
  • EDR and BLE Technology - Equipped with enhanced data rate and Bluetooth low...
  • Nano-sized – A sleek, ultra-small design means you can insert the Nano adapter...
  • Plug & Play or Free Driver – Plug and play for Win 8.1 and Win 10 (make sure...
Bestseller No. 3
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 ,...
Bestseller No. 4
Bluetooth Dongle Adapter USB 5.0 - Zamia Mini Dongle Receiver and Transmitters Wireless Adapter Kit Compatible with PS4 /PS5 Playstation 4 /5 Support A2DP HFP HSP
  • 1、wireless Dongle upgrade to the latest version, stable performance.
  • 2、Size: approx. 3.3cm x 1.6cm x 0.8cm Transmission range: 33 feet (10 meters)...
  • 3、 When you plug in the USB slot, the USB adapter will connect to any wireless...
  • 4、 3.5mm male and female busbars, perfectly connected to the microphone. A...
  • 5、The wireless Protocol Stack is implemented on the dongle, regardless of the...
Bestseller No. 5
Bluetooth Car Adapter, BAVNCO Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Stereo Transmitter Receiver Wireless 3.5mm Aux Jack Adapter Hands-Free Car Kit Built-in Mic for Car Aux, Home Stereo, Headphones, PC,TV and More
  • Upgraded Version: Our Bluetooth AUX adapter receiver. Designed for non-Bluetooth...
  • Easy to Use & Widely Compatible: Just plug the 3.5mm AUX cable into the adapter...
  • Excellent performance design: 2-in-1 design is not only a Bluetooth receiver or...
  • Reliable Quality: With the latest version of V5.0EDR and high-definition audio...
  • Worry-Free After-Sales: lifetime technical support, never worry about any...
Bestseller No. 6
EVEO Bluetooth Adapter for PC 5.1 - Bluetooth Dongle 5.1 Adapter for Windows 10 Only (Plug and Play) for Desktop, Laptop, Printers, Keyboard, Mouse, Headsets, Speakers - USB Bluetooth 5.1 Dongle
  • RELIABLE BLUETOOTH USB ADAPTER: For laptop or computer, experience instant...
  • INCREDIBLE RANGE: High performance with a frequency band of 2.402Ghz - 2.480Ghz,...
  • LIGHTNING FAST DATA TRANSFER: Get a faster-than-ever transfer rate of 3 Mbps for...
  • ONE-MINUTE INSTALLATION: Simply plug into your USB port and enjoy automatic...
  • NOTE: not compatible with Mac, Linux, TV, or Windows 8. For PC Window 10 use...
23%Bestseller No. 7
Jabra Evolve 75 UC Wireless Headset, Stereo – Includes Link 370 USB Adapter and Charging Stand – Bluetooth Headset with World-Class Speakers, Active Noise-Cancelling Microphone, All Day Battery
  • World class performance – HD voice combined with world-class speakers allow...
  • Increase focus – Easily switch on active noise cancellation to counter ambient...
  • All-day battery – Get up to 18 hours of talk time, 17 hours of music time, or...
  • Superior connectivity – Get the freedom to move with dual Bluetooth...
  • Compatibility – The Jabra Evolve 75 microphone headset works with all leading...
Bestseller No. 8
QOFOWIN USB Bluetooth Receiver Adapter,Wireless Audio Adapter Car Kit Music Receiver for Home Stereo/Car Stereo Sound System Speakers with 3.5mm Cable (Aux in) (Yet-M1)
  • Wireless Play: Removing troubles of wired connection,through the wireless...
  • Easy To Operate: Simply connect your speaker with our device,immediately...
  • Use for Home Theatre, Mobile Phone, Karaoke Player, Stage
  • Important note: the bluetooth device name is YET-M1,Transmission Rate:3(Mbps) ....
  • Portable Design: With Mini size,the feature of portable can let you carry them...
23%Bestseller No. 9
Bluetooth Adapter for PC, Bluetooth 5.0 USB Adapter Dongle Receiver and Transmitter Supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP, Linux, for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Printers, Headsets, Speakers
  • ✔【1 DONGLE FOR 4 DEVICES】Set 4 devices wirelessly connected to the desktop...
  • ✔【BLUETOOTH 5.0】With Bluetooth 5.0 chip installed, the USB adapter has a...
  • ✔【EFFORTLESS INSTALLATION】Set up the USB dongle easily with only 3 steps...
  • ✔【WIRELESS COEXISTENCE】Wireless coexistence technology enhances signal...
  • ✔【WIDE COMPATIBLE】After installed the Bluetooth USB adapter to the...
20%Bestseller No. 10
MAYFLASH Magic NS Wireless Bluetooth Controller USB Adapter for Switch,Switch OLED, Windows, Raspberry Pi, Compatible with Switch Pro, PS4,PS5 Controller and More
  • Bluetooth Controller Compatibility: PS5/PS4/PS3 Controller, Switch Pro, Switch...
  • Wired USB Controller Compatibility: The wireless controller that comes from your...
  • System Compatibility: Switch, PC Windows, Raspberry Pi,PS3, NEOGEO mini, NEOGEO...
  • Supports 6-axis motion on Switch and Vibration on Switch, Xinput and PS3.The...
  • A USB Type C cable is included in the packaging.

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