Connectivity has become almost essential for us humans, especially in this day and age where the world feels so much smaller due to globalisation. With the advent of the internet there is always the need to be connected, to be online, with our computers, consoles, PDAs and smartphones more than ever.
While PCs should not have this problem since they are usually connected physically through a modem, laptops are used specifically to roam about and thus need the ability to connect wirelessly, but thankfully due to routers this is all possible. What could be the problem is the lack of drivers or complete absence then which would inhibit the connection, but thanks to technology once again this problem is resolved with WiFi dongles, which are sort of pendrives which when connected will grant you with the ability to connect wirelessly. Although there is quite the variety on the market, new ones keep coming out, which would mean that they should be more advanced than other, old ones, which may not always be the case. Luckily Sandberg knows what it’s doing with its latest gadget, the Micro WiFi USB Dongle.
Even though I knew that micro means small, I was still amazed at the incredibly small size of the dongle, thinking at first that it was just the tip which was shown in its packaging, but upon opening it, there was nothing more to it. Measuring only some 2cm, including the usb entry port, it is one of the smallest gadgets I’ve ever seen, maybe the smallest not counting microchips and the like. Despite its size though, this Micro WiFi dongle surely does its job very well, and having just this task, the gadget surely satisfies its users. The tiny size of the dongle is not just an aesthetic decision but one which is aimed at providing the service with the least amount of interference, in the sense that it fits so well with the usb port it is inserted in, that most of the time one will not even notice it, so much so that it becomes a part of whatever is using it. Setting up the dongle is also very easy, since you only follow the instructions included in the product or available also on Sandberg’s website. These help the user to successfully install the necessary components through the CD provided and you’re good to go. The adapter should be compatible with all types of operating systems, be it Windows, Linux or Mac, which means that the chance of there being an issue is very slim.
Another strong point of this dongle is its efficiency; unlike most routers, including mine, where walls radically diminish the range of the wifi spread, this dongle has a range of 100 metres indoor, which means that it is capable to serve any type of house, unless you are David Beckham’s son and live in a house as big as a whole football pitch. Outdoor it has a range of 300 metres, which is more than necessary honestly and thus you will be on the safe side when trying to connect to an outdoor network.
As far as packaging is concerned, it is delivered in a slim and elegant plastic casing, which probably could contain at least ten of this dongle. Although it looks better this way, it would have been much more convenient to pack this like most SD Cards are packed, meaning with a piece of cardboard at the back and the plastic which is wrapped almost tight with the dongle, to save space and materials, as well as costs at the end of the day. Cost is a little issue with the dongle since it is quite pricey for its functions, even though it does perform them flawlessly. Paying some £20 on a product as large as a fingernail and which weighs as a slice of bread, and which you will probably never see after hooking it up to your laptop or desktop is a bit heart-breaking to be honest.
In today’s world, being offline has become a very big issue for anyone. Everyone is so connected together through Facebook, Twitter and all the various social networks, forums and such that not having an online presence can be seen as social suicide. Even though a lot of devices such as laptops, smartphones and the like have built in wi-fi receivers, the demand for these dongles is not diminishing, and with more practical, efficient ones coming out on the market ever so often, this demand can only rise. One might expect thus that Sandberg’s very good micro usb dongle will fare quite well in terms of sales and performance. Even though it is quite expensive when you look at its size, it surely justifies each cent spent.
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