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Is the Bluetooth upgrade worth it?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by bmnotpls, Jul 12, 2007.

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  1. bmnotpls

    bmnotpls Notebook Deity

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    I can't imagine what i'd use bluetooth for. I wouldn't rely on bluetooth headphones, or a bluetooth mouse.

    The only thing i can think of, is it would be cool if i can download my pictures/movies off of my cellphone onto my computer. Can it at least do that?

    Anyone have any practical uses for bluetooth? Otherwise i just won't include it.
     
  2. CMSUDave

    CMSUDave Notebook Consultant

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    I did it so I can use a wireless mouse.

    On my last laptop I had to use the wireless USB adapter for my wireless mouse and it was WAY too easy to bend/brake.

    So it's worth the 20bucks to me to not have to worry about anything sticking out of my computer.
     
  3. grudkin

    grudkin Notebook Geek

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    That's the reason I got it, plus to transfer MP3s from my lappy to my cell.
     
  4. preisendanz

    preisendanz Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's only 20 bucks...why not have it...20 bucks on a $1000+ purchase is nothing.
     
  5. garsh0p

    garsh0p Notebook Guru

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    i bought a bluetooth adapter for my desktop to transfer stuff from my phone, but then i found out it was much faster to use a microSD card, so meh.
     
  6. exe

    exe Notebook Consultant

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    It will suck up more battery power, and a few services under your OS, unless you know how to disable it. If you ever need it, it's still only about $20, and easy to install.
     
  7. lordofericstan

    lordofericstan Notebook Evangelist

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    How much battery power could it possibly suck up if its not in use....
     
  8. bmnotpls

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    wtf you cant turn it off???
     
  9. Apple2PC

    Apple2PC Notebook Evangelist

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    Well here is something to consider. When i have bluetooth turned on with my BlackJack cell phone, even without using the headset it only takes 9 hrs and the battery is completely empty. When I don't have bluetooth turned on, I can get about 20 hrs of use...so it somehow sucks a ton of battery.
     
  10. lordofericstan

    lordofericstan Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm still skeptical that BT will make that big of a difference on a notebook.
     
  11. lixuelai

    lixuelai Notebook Virtuoso

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    Which is why it is usually pretty easy to toggle on/off Bluetooth...

    I personally never had a problem with Bluetooth and battery life. Wifi and battery life yes but not Bluetooth. Its quite useful as well. I used a Dell D420 (now a Lenovo X60 tablet) and a Logitech V270 mouse. Worked great and was very portable.
     
  12. CodeMonkeyX

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    I think it depends on what bluetooth profiles you phone supports. My LG 8700 has "File Transfer" and "Serial Connection" profiles as well of others. So it should be possible to treat bluetooth like a usb cable and transfer files. Maybe even get WWAN data connection over bluetooth using my cell?

    @lordofericstan: It will make no difference unless you buy bluetooth accessories. :p
     
  13. Pwnstar

    Pwnstar Notebook Consultant

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    I do not have the Bluetooth upgrade, although I somewhat regret not getting it. But, I wouldn't have any use for it anyways, which is the main reason I didn't get it in the first place. So... yeah. My phone is the only thing I have that is bluetooth compatible and I already have a USB cable that connects it to my computer that also charges its battery. I hardly use the song feature.

    If you have something you want to use with it, or think you may have a need for it later, get it. If not, then... don't?
     
  14. lordofericstan

    lordofericstan Notebook Evangelist

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    Who doesnt have a need to hook up a nintendo wiimote to their computer?
     
  15. HI DesertNM

    HI DesertNM Notebook Deity

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    I posted a question on another thread about bluetooth...

    I ordered a 1420 and was wondering if these Motorola headphones would work. The key is if Dells Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR) Supports Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control (AVRCP), Hands-free (HFP), and Headset profiles¹... Here is the link to these nifty headsets: http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/product/details.jsp?globalObjectId=177

    I also ordered Dells bluetooth mouse.. so I am wondering as well if I can use both these devices at the same time?
    By the looks of these headphones.. I would say its a plus to go with bluetooth.. NO WIRES. But the key is if they support A2DP.. If not, any headset will be reduced to low bitrate mono crap :(
     
  16. lordofericstan

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    I am about to buy those very same headphones but am wondering if it will work too.
     
  17. CMSUDave

    CMSUDave Notebook Consultant

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    Amen. :D
     
  18. kgeier82

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    bluetooth decreasing battery life by 11hours? really, thats a little far fetched.
     
  19. kgeier82

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    the bt module off ebay is about 30$ shipped. good idea just to buy it now. if you dont need it, take it out when you get it. chances are if you use your laptop a lot, in the future you will want BT.
     
  20. HCW

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    you can use bluetooth to teather with your cell phone and be able to get online everywhere
     
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