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
4,415 Reviews
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
1,981 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:

20%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
29,973 Reviews
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
EDUP Long Range Bluetooth Adapter for PC Bluetooth 5.0 USB High Gain for Desktop Laptop Bluetooth Dongle EDR Wireless Receiver Transfer for Mouse, Keyboard,Speakers,Windows 10/8 / 8.1/7
29 Reviews
EDUP Long Range Bluetooth Adapter for PC Bluetooth 5.0 USB High Gain for Desktop Laptop Bluetooth Dongle EDR Wireless Receiver Transfer for Mouse, Keyboard,Speakers,Windows 10/8 / 8.1/7
  • 【Bluetooth 5.0 Dongle】Applies the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology,support...
  • 【Enjoy Bluetooth Streaming】This Bluetooth receiver provide a powerful data...
  • 【High Gain Long Range】 Equipped with 2dbi high gain antenna, which has a...
  • 【Enhanced anti-interference ability】Bluetooth 5.0 reduces the transmission...
  • 【Warranty Service】One year manufacturer replacement warranty and 45 days no...
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
9,121 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 ,...
6%Bestseller No. 4
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
13,732 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...
30%Bestseller No. 5
Cardking Bluetooth Adapter for PC USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 EDR Dongle for Computer Laptop Desktop Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Support Windows 10 8.1 8 7
2 Reviews
Cardking Bluetooth Adapter for PC USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 EDR Dongle for Computer Laptop Desktop Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Support Windows 10 8.1 8 7
  • 【System Support】: Only Win7/8/8. 1/10(need driver), (Not work with Mac OS,...
  • 【BT 5.0 Dongle】: Applies the latest BT 5.0+EDR adapter, low energy. The...
  • 【Fast & Further】:Turns your PC bluetooth capable in wider transmission...
  • 【Mini Size】:Extremely compact USB adapter allows you to leave it on laptop...
  • 【Package Included】: 1* BT USB Adapter; 1* Driver installation CD; 1*User...
Bestseller No. 6
Bluetooth Adapter for PC, Maxuni USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Dongle for Computer Desktop Wireless Transfer for Laptop Bluetooth Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Printer Windows 10/8.1/8/7
2,311 Reviews
Bluetooth Adapter for PC, Maxuni USB Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Dongle for Computer Desktop Wireless Transfer for Laptop Bluetooth Headphones Headset Speakers Keyboard Mouse Printer Windows 10/8.1/8/7
  • ADVANCED BLUETOOTH 5.0 ADAPTER: Adapter applies the latest Bluetooth 5.0+EDR...
  • BETTER PERFORMANCE: Enhance anti-interference ability and stability, new...
  • HIGH COMPATIBILITY: Bluetooth 5.0 dongle works with 32/64-bit Windows 10/8/7. It...
  • MINI SIZE: Extremely compact USB adapter allows you to leave it on laptop or PC,...
  • WORRY FREE CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Please instal drivers via mini CD disc, or install...
Bestseller No. 7
Long Range Class 1 Bluetooth Adapter, QGOO USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC 5.0+EDR, Bluetooth Dongle Wireless Bluetooth Receiver for Speaker, Keyboard, Headphones, Support Win10/8.1/8/7
7 Reviews
Long Range Class 1 Bluetooth Adapter, QGOO USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC 5.0+EDR, Bluetooth Dongle Wireless Bluetooth Receiver for Speaker, Keyboard, Headphones, Support Win10/8.1/8/7
  • Class 1 Radio Technology: The Bluetooth 5.0 dongle uses Class 1 radio...
  • More Stable &Anti-Interference: This upgraded Bluetooth 5.0 adapter adopts EDR...
  • External Antenna Design: The compact Bluetooth antenna can rotate 360° to get a...
  • Fast Transmission Rate: The Bluetooth receiver support the Enhanced Data Rate...
  • Wide Range of Applications: You can fully use the wireless Bluetooth to connect...
Bestseller No. 8
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
4,415 Reviews
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...
23%Bestseller No. 9
Bluetooth 5.1 USB Dongle, Bluetooth Adapter for Laptop Computer Desktop, Supports Windows 7/8.1/10, Wireless Transfer for Bluetooth Headphones, Mouse, Keyboard, Smartphone, Speakers
1 Reviews
Bluetooth 5.1 USB Dongle, Bluetooth Adapter for Laptop Computer Desktop, Supports Windows 7/8.1/10, Wireless Transfer for Bluetooth Headphones, Mouse, Keyboard, Smartphone, Speakers
  • 【Bluetooth 5.1 Adapter】Applies the latest Bluetooth 5.1 technology with low...
  • 【Support More Devices】USB Bluetooth adapter can connect up to 4 devices...
  • 【Easy to Use】Only 4 steps are needed before using USB Bluetooth adapter:...
  • 【Compact sized】Bluetooth adapter is quite compact.you can insert it into any...
  • 【Better Anti-Interference】Better anti-interference technology enables USB...
Bestseller No. 10
Bluetooth Adapter for PC - Bluetooth Dongle 5.0 Adapter for Windows 10/8/7/XP for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Headset, Speaker - USB Bluetooth 5.0 Dongle
1,928 Reviews
Bluetooth Adapter for PC - Bluetooth Dongle 5.0 Adapter for Windows 10/8/7/XP for Desktop, Laptop, Mouse, Keyboard, Headset, Speaker - USB Bluetooth 5.0 Dongle
  • Instant Bluetooth Adapter For PC or Laptop - Start enjoying perfect...
  • Lightning Fast - Finally, a Bluetooth V5.0 dongle that delivers in time, all the...
  • One-Minute Installation - driver Installation is required - download the free...
  • Incredible Range - With a frequency band of 2.402Ghz - 2.480Ghz, our PC...
  • Quality Worth Purchasing – Enjoy EVEO Bluetooth Dongle anytime you need. Your...

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