Creative BT-W4 

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If you find that Bluetooth does not always perform reliably then this little gizmo from Creative may made your Bluetooth stronger and most of all reliable. As I live in a home with solid walls I have long found that Bluetooth soon drops off under the stated distance you should be able to achieve. So can I roam that little further away before dropouts happen?

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Your headphones or earbuds must support aptX. This is Smart Bluetooth 5.2 Audio Transmitter with aptX Adaptive.

Assuming you are using USB ‘C’ it is just over 2cm long, 1.5cm wide and .5cm thick once inserted in a port. If however it’s USB then the adapter makes its protrusion 4cm. Should you need to extend length for your calls then a 3.5mm socket will have a 2cm protrusion.

There is a large double sided sheet that explains the how to do it’s in twelve languages but the English is all together on one side, there are adequate illustrations as dependant on what you are connecting it changes.

In my unscientific tests there was an extension of between one and two metres which is quite a lot and in my case lets me gets beyond my front door.

For me the biggest plus is that you can have up to four devices linked at the same time, the best other connection I know is only two.

To control which device you are connected to use the push button on the end of the USB dongle and the colour of the LED on it tells you which mode you are in, it is a sequential movement to swap between devices.

This unit enables Bluetooth to do more but you do need the latest version of it and have aptX to get the advantage it gives.

My one worry is that the extra distance might encourage you to leave your portable device such as a SmartPhone lying about whereas if this extra distance was not available it could be safely in your pocket.

The Creative BT-W4 is available from the link below along with more information for £49.99.

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