Best Bluetooth Adapters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 16, 2018
If you want to have your personal network at home, then Bluetooth adapter is what you need. This adapter will turn your ordinary PC into Bluetooth-enabled so that you can connect your mobile devices and send files back and forth without any wires and complex configuration. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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INPUT/OUTPUT
BLUETOOTH VERSION
WIRELESS RANGE
FEATURES
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SIZE
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Pairing with 2 devices simultaneously is not a problem any more with Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity. Clean sound without loss of quality and automatic re-pairing provide even more enjoyable listening. Rubber foot prevents the device from sliding.
CONS
There is no possibility to use 2 audio channels (3.5mm and RCA) simultaneously.
OUR VERDICT
This audio adapter was tuned at Logitech labs, which guarantees that you will get high-quality sound, especially on premium audio systems.
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Bluetooth Audio Device
INPUT/OUTPUT
3.5mm audio, RCA, DC
BLUETOOTH VERSION
Bluetooth 3.0
WIRELESS RANGE

up to 15 metres

FEATURES

LED Indicator, Mains supply, Pairing button, 1.7 m power cord

OS
Windows 8, 7, MacOS, Android
PACKAGE

1x RCA to 3.5mm cable
1x Power cable
1x User manual

SIZE

5 x 5 x 2.3 cm
200 g

WARRANTY

1-year limited on hardware

PROS

The adapter is able to remember up to 8 different audio gadgets—a highly appreciated feature if you have more than 2 Bluetooth-enabled multimedia devices.

CONS

Not all Hi-Fi equipment manufacturers use 30-pin connectors.

OUR VERDICT

We recommend this audio adapter to those who prefer their music in the best possible quality and have a docking station for it. The adapter will eliminate the necessity to connect the audio devices every time and will keep the quality of sound.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Bluetooth Audio Device

INPUT/OUTPUT

30-pin connector

BLUETOOTH VERSION

Bluetooth 3.1

WIRELESS RANGE

up to 10 metres

FEATURES

Remembers up to 8 devices at once

OS

MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone

PACKAGE

Adapter only

SIZE

3.9 x 2.4 x 0.7 cm
~10 g

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The adapter consumes a surprisingly low amount of energy, which is especially important when you use it on portable gadgets. The driver installation on Windows 10 is automatic.

CONS

It needs an optical drive for installation.

OUR VERDICT

A USB adapter to create a wireless connection for Bluetooth-enabled devices. This is a perfect option for those who are tired of tangled wires all over the place around a PC or laptop.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

PC, Data transfer, Peripherals pairing

INPUT/OUTPUT

USB

BLUETOOTH VERSION

Bluetooth 4.0

WIRELESS RANGE

up to 10 metres

FEATURES

Low power consumption (up to 22 mA) 

OS

Windows XP SP3 / 7 / 8 / 10

PACKAGE

Driver-CD

SIZE

2.2 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm
~5 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

There are buttons to remotely control your audio gadget, for example, adjust the volume or skip tracks.

CONS

The mic is not noise-cancelling.

OUR VERDICT

This device is more than a mere Bluetooth adapter, it can also act as a hands-free headset in the car since the mic allows you to take phone calls without distracting you from driving.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Bluetooth Audio Device

INPUT/OUTPUT

3.5 mm audio output, micro-USB port

BLUETOOTH VERSION

Bluetooth 4.0

WIRELESS RANGE

up to 10 metres

FEATURES

Hands-free calling feature (built-in mic), Control buttons, Built-in battery

OS

All multimedia devices with Bluetooth

PACKAGE

Micro-USB charging cable, 3.5 mm audio cable, 3.5 mm male to male adapter

SIZE

5.2 x 2.6 x 1 cm
20 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The built-in battery is a 300 mAh, making it possible to use this Bluetooth adapter for as long as 15 hours before you need to recharge it.

CONS

Rather sensitive to noise and interference from other wireless devices.

OUR VERDICT

The model stands out thanks to the simplicity of connection and convenience of use. The package also contains a variety of cords to connect nearly any acoustic system.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Bluetooth Audio Device

INPUT/OUTPUT

3.5 mm audio output, micro-USB port

BLUETOOTH VERSION

Bluetooth 4.1

WIRELESS RANGE

up to 10 metres

FEATURES

Built-in battery

OS

All multimedia devices with Bluetooth

PACKAGE

3.5mm Audio Cable, 3.5mm to RCA Cable, micro-USB Charging Cable 

SIZE

5.9 x 5.9 x 2.3 cm
240 g

WARRANTY

1.5 years

Logitech 980-000910

One Playlist From Two Devices? A Piece of Cake!

The Logitech 980-000910 is a compact Bluetooth audio adapter that allows connecting two separate devices simultaneously; for example, if you have a smartphone and a tablet they both can be connected to the adapter via Bluetooth. This way, you can select a playlist and swap audio streams with one press of the adapter’s button. Consequently, there is no more need to fight with other members of your family about whose music to play. Make it fair by taking turns: mom listens to jazz from her phone, then the son streams his hard rock from a tablet. In case of an incoming call or message, the music stops and resumes automatically; the same goes for abrupt connection fail or interference as well. The connection between the adapter and the sound system is performed using either a standard RCA plug or a 3.5mm one. However, please, keep in mind that to enjoy your favourite music, the stereos are to be located not farther than 15 metres from the adapter.

Review of Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

Good Music Is High-Quality Music!

It's a given that the high-quality connection between media devices and speaker systems is of the utmost importance for every music lover—a bad connection means sound distortion and no audiophile will want that, you might start to hate the music if it doesn't sound good, after all. We often blame audio equipment itself but in actuality, it is easy to ruin the original quality with poor cables. A shielded cable is considered to be the best in terms of connection. However, to be sure that your stereos deliver clean, high-quality sound without using any cables, it’s enough to purchase the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter. It was tested in Logitech labs many times to ensure that all the songs sound exactly the same as they did when recorded in a music studio.

Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter in the use

Why Logitech

Today, Logitech is one of the most famous brands in the world, their products are sold just about everywhere thanks to their high-quality. The company's leading position is not really surprising, too, since it is fully justified by the development of innovative technologies and their further application to all Logitech products, be it devices for computer navigation, games, Internet communication, home theatres, digital accessories and more. Focusing on new technologies and top-notch quality, the Logitech company is constantly improving their peripherals for personal computers and digital electronics that allow us to learn the modern world of new digital technologies.

Detailed review of Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

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LAYEN i-SYNC

Best 30-pin Bluetooth Adapter

The LAYEN i-SYNC is a perfect choice if you had an iPhone/iPod some time ago and have a bit outdated docking station left, one with the 30-pin connector. It's not extremely popular today but several years ago, it was; now those docking stations have come to be nearly unusable since the Apple's smart gadgets now use a Lightning port instead of the 30-pin one. However, the docking stations are not to blame for the changes in iPhones, right? If yours is still running but you don't have a compatible gadget to play music from, it's not necessarily a problem impossible to overcome, you can use this LAYEN Bluetooth adapter. It will pair with any Bluetooth-enabled gadget, not just iPhone and iPod but with any smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and it will transmit your music to the docking station for further streaming without losing in quality department to either the wired connection or playing a CD. Note that the official website has a list of non-compatible docking stations, though it is not that long compared to the compatible list.

The LAYEN i-SYNC is able to remember up to eight devices and reconnects with any of them automatically upon launching (just remember to turn your gadget's Bluetooth on). Also, the connectivity distance is 10 metres even with some obstacles like walls, meaning there is no need to leave your phone on the stand with the adapter and risk missing a call. Just carry it around, no problem.

Review of LAYEN i-SYNC Bluetooth Audio Adaptor

Little Helper

The LAYEN i-SYNC is tiny, smooth, and stylish yet very robust; the surface is protected from scratches. The i-SYNC is also lightweight, weighing only 10 grammes, you can put it in your pocket and bring it with you to your friends' house (or anywhere else). The weight is thanks to the fact that this Bluetooth audio adapter takes energy from the docking station so it does not need a built-in battery or any kind of separate charging. Despite the 30-pin connection being just a tad outdated for some, this adapter has an up-to-date Class 2 chipset with A2DP & AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile).

On the one downside, it should be noted that the i-SYNC will most likely not work with the car audio systems without special connectors so keep that in mind as you make your choice. It is primarily a Bluetooth audio adapter for home use best compatible with the 30-pin docking stations like Bose, Kitsound, earlier Apple models, etc. (the list really goes on and on). However, with the compatible devices, it is all you could wish for—small, lightweight yet sturdy, stylish, and it offers top-quality sound streaming.

LAYEN i-SYNC Bluetooth Audio Adaptor in the use

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EkoBuy ekb10155

Go Wireless

Most of us know how stressing it is when you sit at your desk and, as your computer launches, you start to untangle the mouse cord that got tied up with the headphones that, in their place, are in a knot themselves. Seriously, there is not much that can infuriate a person more than the headphones cord tangled after a day or two of being unused. When it comes to using a computer, be it a desktop PC or a laptop, it is tremendously more comfortable and convenient to go for wireless peripherals, especially since almost any computer-related tech, from smartphones and tablets to mouses, keyboards, and printers can be found in the wireless department today.

The EkoBuy ekb10155 is a USB Bluetooth adapter for PC that will allow you to connect external devices to your computer or laptop if it happens to lack a built-in Bluetooth module or if the said module does not work for some reason or another. The device works even with ancient Windows OS editions like Windows 2000, Vista, and XP (computers equipped with these versions were and often are not outfitted with the Bluetooth module since the technology itself was not yet a general occurrence at the time) as well as newer Windows 7, 8, and, of course, Windows 10. Regrettably, neither Mac nor Linux are supported.

Review of EkoBuy ekb10155 Bluetooth USB Adapter for PC

Unnoticeable Helper

This EkoBuy Bluetooth adapter for PC is so tiny you will forget it is there, stuck in one of your computer's USB ports. It is precisely the size of a common Bluetooth mouse receiver but while you can usually only connect the one mouse to your standard receiver the ekb10155 USB Bluetooth adapter can connect up to seven gadgets simultaneously. Note that data transfer is only possible with one device at a time but otherwise, up to seven items can be joined to your PC at any given moment.

Another benefit this wireless USB Bluetooth adapter offers is that it consumes a supremely low amount of energy. This parameter will be of particular use to those who often work on the go and carry their laptop and additional equipment with them. The Bluetooth adapter won't make your computer discharge much faster.

The Bluetooth edition used here is the Bluetooth 4.0, which is one of the latest releases offered today. If you use equipment with earlier versions, though, it won't be a problem since the EkoBuy Bluetooth adapter is backwards compatible with older versions. The transfer speed can reach up to 3 Mbps thanks to the Knowledge Charge (EDR) Reinforce.

EkoBuy ekb10155 Bluetooth USB Adapter for PC in the use

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TaoTronics TT-BR05

Best Option for Vehicles

There are several distinguishing features this TaoTronics Bluetooth adapter has that make its functionality versatile and that had played into it appearing in our review. First and foremost, this device is compatible with any audio equipment that features a 3.5 mm input, be it a speaker or a car stereo system. Actually, TaoTronics Bluetooth adapter is generally used with the car audio systems, for the reason that it can act not only as an adapter. You can also utilize it for receiving calls hands-free while driving since it has a microphone for you to speak into. This way, you do not need to stop your car to take an important call from your boss, coworkers, or family members (which is highly recommended to do if you do not use an adapter of some type—please remember that speaking over the phone while driving can distract you from the road ahead and consequently result in serious accidents and even death). However, note that this car Bluetooth adapter's microphone does not cancel outside noise since it is not a headset created specifically for taking calls; its primary function is to help you play your music on devices without Bluetooth.

The built-in battery will hold the charge for as long as 200 hours in a standby mode; as for the operating time, it's up to 8 hours of speaking or listening. To make the adapter ultimately convenient for music playing, the designers have also equipped it with buttons to play/pause, skip tracks, and adjust volume as well as connect two audio gadgets at once. If you're an iPhone owner, you can even use Siri.

Review of TaoTronics TT-BR05 Wireless Audio Adapter

Take the Music with You

The TaoTronics TT-BR05 Bluetooth adapter is really small, at 5.2 x 2.1 x 1 cm dimensions and 20 grammes weight it will fit even in a kid's hand, so sticking it into your multimedia devices or into your car's 3.5mm port won't cause any inconveniences. You can also carry it in your pocket if you, for example, want to take it to an outing with friends or when you go camping with your family—since the battery is quite long-lasting, your music will be with you wherever you are and whenever you need it. And if it happens that the energy has run out, there is always an option of portable power bank most of us carry around when we want to be reached at any given time.

The initial package includes a Bluetooth adapter itself, a micro USB cable for charging, and a 3.5 mm male-to-male adapter, meaning you will have everything you need for continuous music enjoyment. The Bluetooth range is up to 10 metres.

TaoTronics TT-BR05 Wireless Audio Adapter in the use

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Mpow PAMPBH070AB-UKAE2-VV1

For Home and Car Music

This Mpow model is a Bluetooth adapter created to transmit the audio files from your gadgets (smartphone, tablet, laptop, for example) to the media designed to produce sound with better quality but lacking a built-in Bluetooth, like the car stereo, corded headphones, or regular speakers. If your car or home audio system has either a 3.5mm port or an RCA one, the Mpow Bluetooth audio adapter will go with it (both 3.5mm and the RCA cables are included with the purchase), you just plug it in and you're good to go, connect your smartphone to the Bluetooth and play away.

The distance this Bluetooth adapter operates at best is up to 10 metres (33 ft), and it can handle two connected gadgets at once, so you can switch between your devices if you need the other to perform a different task like take a call or something. Additionally, the adapter is also able to remember the last smart gadget you've connected it to and will automatically seek it upon launching. It also has an auto switch-off function that kicks in when there are no connected Bluetooth devices for five minutes. It is a really convenient feature since it saves battery power if you happen to forget to turn off the adapter manually.

Review of Mpow PAMPBH070AB-UKAE2-VV1 Bluetooth Audio Adapter

Quality Combined with Looks

The adapter uses the Bluetooth 4.1 technology that offers a considerable upgrade in transmitted sound quality compared to Bluetooth 3.0 and even Bluetooth 4.0. You will hear your favourite songs crisp and clear, without any distortion (granted you use the adapter at a distance no more than 10 metres without large obstacles and your source smart device has a good Bluetooth signal).

The Mpow Bluetooth adapter has a rechargeable built-in battery that offers up to 15 hours of continuous playback, so listening for the whole day (or night if you host a party) is quite possible. Furthermore, once fully charged, the adapter will hold the energy for as long as 500 hours. That's approximately three weeks! That means you can charge the adapter and put it in your car to listen to some music when the mood strikes. Or you can take it with you when you go camping or climbing mountains with family and friends, then plug it in when you arrive a couple days later.

Finally, as a cherry on the top, we'd like to say that at a price paid, this Bluetooth audio adapter is quite compact and very stylish. The design is quite important in devices like this one since they are often on display (the no-obstacles rule) and this particular model will blend into most interiors seamlessly.

Mpow PAMPBH070AB-UKAE2-VV1 Bluetooth Audio Adapter in the use

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What Is a Bluetooth Adapter?

Every year we add more and more gadgets in our life to make it easier and more interesting. We think it's great since by using advanced technologies, we gain new experience and knowledge. Many of us have already got used to digital technologies. So, it's likely that we can face a problem that one of our devices doesn’t feature Bluetooth to connect gadgets together. In this case, you need a Bluetooth adapter. This compact device links digital devices together wirelessly. For example, it can turn your speaker system into a modern media station that will play your favourite music streamed from your smartphone. It also allows you to synchronize information between your PC and other mobile devices.

We also recommend paying attention to our 5 best Bluetooth headsets that can provide a hands-free communication.

What Features to Compare

Best For

As you already know, Bluetooth adapter allows connecting a computer with peripherals or streaming music from your smartphone to a stereo system. Bluetooth adapters are divided by type of use, so first of all, you need to define what you want from this device. You can use it either for syncing peripheral devices with a PC or streaming music wirelessly from Bluetooth devices to non-Bluetooth stereo systems. For example, if you want to send photos from your smartphone to a laptop that doesn’t support Bluetooth or print some documents wirelessly, you need a USB Bluetooth adapter. Just plug the adapter into a free USB port on your laptop or PC and get the chance to exchange data with other Bluetooth devices without any cables. In addition, when you sync your PC with a smartphone, you also get the access to your phone contacts and an option to send/receive messages. Bluetooth protocol is supported by almost all modern phones, so in order to communicate with your computer, you only need to plug in a Bluetooth adapter and configure the connection. In case you want to stream music wirelessly from your favourite playlist to a non-Bluetooth audio system, then pay attention to Bluetooth audio adapters which receive audio files of various formats without loss of quality.

Performance

The next step to note is adapter performance. Bluetooth adapters have a different operation range, and the higher it is, the greater distance can be between your gadgets. Like any electronic device, Bluetooth adapter requires power, so USB Bluetooth adapter is obviously powered from a USB slot. Bluetooth audio adapter is powered by AC adapter or built-in battery; the second option makes the adapter portable, so you can use it with any sound system, even the one in your car. The data transfer speed and device efficiency depend on the version of Bluetooth protocol. Adapters with Bluetooth 3.0 version has low power consumption and data rate up to 24 Mb/s, which is enough for streaming music or syncing with peripherals. Bluetooth 4.0 has the same data rate as Bluetooth 3.0, only power consumption is much lower and pairing is much faster.

Features

Another strong reason for buying is usually the presence of various features. Some Bluetooth audio devices have NFC support for a rapid pairing with other NFC compatible devices. You just need to touch your smartphone and music will start playing on your speakers automatically. This feature really speeds up a device pairing process: there will be no need to set a new connection with the same device if your Bluetooth adapter supports an automatic pairing mode. Note that on buying a Bluetooth adapter, you also get the upgrade for your electronic devices.

FAQ:

Q: Will the Bluetooth adapter remember my device or will I have to pair it manually every time?
A:
 Some Bluetooth adapters are able to remember and recognize the last paired device, some can actually remember several devices (for example, the i-SYNC by LAYEN stores information about up to eight previously connected gadgets). However, despite this feature appearing more an more often in Bluetooth adapters, it is still more or less an "extra", a feature to boast, not something you expect as a must.

Q: How far can I go with my phone in hand without losing its connection with the Bluetooth adapter?
A:
 The distance varies from device to device but generally, Bluetooth adapters can catch a signal at about 10 to 15 metres. Usually, the signal will be better if there are no major obstacles between your smart device and the adapter, although lately, some models do offer the signal strong enough to maintain the connection even through walls.

Q: Is Bluetooth harmful to health?
A:
 Certain studies do show an amount of radiation from Bluetooth-enabled devices, however, in Bluetooth adapters it is very low, much lower than, for example, in our smartphones, making the harm to health rather insignificant.

Q: I have built-in Bluetooth module on my laptop, can I use an external adapter instead?
A:
 If you want to connect a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, or any other external devices that are not recognized by your internal module, chances are they need a native adapter or specific drivers (usually supplied with the Bluetooth adapter you've purchased). However, more often than not external Bluetooth adapter will not transfer files between the computer and your phone or tablet due to conflict within the software, you'll have to use your built-in module for that.

Q: I have a desktop computer and the only free USB port is at the back. Is that okay?
A:
 Unfortunately, it is not recommended to use a USB Bluetooth adapter for PC with the port at the back since the interference caused by computer hardware will most probably hinder the Bluetooth adapter's ability to connect. If there are no free ports at the front, though, you can use an extension cable or a hub for your USB adapter. Just check the adapter's USB version (USB 2.0 or 3.0) beforehand.

Q: I have a USB port in my car, can I use my USB Bluetooth adapter to listen to music from my phone on a sound system or do I need a special Bluetooth car adapter?
A:
 That is hardly possible unless stated otherwise by your adapter's manufacturer. Most USB Bluetooth adapters require drivers installation, sometimes done automatically and sometimes manually from a CD. Car audio systems usually lack the functionality to install drivers like this. It is recommended to purchase a separate Bluetooth audio adapter for a car, they generally use either the 3.5mm port or the RCA one.

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