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Nice USB Adapters for Desktops, Netbooks, and Old Laptops

 

USB Adapters

By Anne Ahira

A lot of the modern desktops and laptops can be found in virtually every computer store and on sale in popular online retailers like Amazon.com.

However, not all people may be willing to give up their older systems simply because they are satisfied with the performance of their systems. Others may not have the budget for buying the latest models.

One of the biggest reasons in replacing their older systems with the newer is to take advantage of built-in features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

 

With many of the older systems having a few USB 2.0 ports, USB adapters can be purchased instead so their older systems can do things that the newer models can do. Here are some of the nice USB adapters that should work fine in any old systems with USB 2.0 ports.

Wireless USB Adapters

Only desktops that have special motherboards with built-in Wi-Fi can connect to a wireless router or other wireless devices. If not, an Ethernet must connect to an available Ethernet port of the wireless router in order to have wireless access. Older laptops may not have built-in Wi-Fi adapters either which leads to the purpose of Wireless USB adapters.

Average wireless adapters with 802.11g 54 Mbps can go as low as $20 while there are newer ones like the Linksys WUSB600N which features dual-band wireless-N that costs around $80 in Amazon.com. With the diverse selection adding wireless capabilities is easy as long as the driver is compatible with operating system in use.

Bluetooth USB Adapters

Bluetooth USB adapters are just about the same size as the wireless USB adapters, but do not have an antenna. These adapters grant laptops and desktops to send data wirelessly to devices with Bluetooth. It is useful for connecting and syncing with phones and other mobile devices.

If the mobile has 3G and can connect to the Internet, the phone can share the Internet with the laptop so the laptop can access the Internet wirelessly playing the role of a Bluetooth modem.

USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI Adapters

Even newer laptop models have DVI or HDMI outputs for connecting with the newest monitors and high definition TVs. Getting a VGA-to-DVI adapter is one way to bring that connectivity to old laptops, but a USB 2.0 to DVI/HDMI saves up the VGA slot and uses a USB one instead.

Some devices like the ARKVIEW USB-1612 Multi-Display USB adapter are better because of their support for multiple displays. It is recommended for the system to have at least 512 MB RAM to take advantage of multiple displays.

Plugging in any of these USB adapters pretty much makes the system as feature-rich as the average laptop or desktop being sold today. This means that a new system is needed if the hardware specs like the processor need upgrading.



Ins and Outs of a USB DVD Drive

 

USB DVD

By Anne Ahira

The Netbook is an excellent, compact way to keep your internet and files with you at all times. However, there is a down side to having a Netbook. There is no disk drive.

While the designers were ensuring that the user had everything that they needed to take their networking and information with them, they did not have the room for a disk drive.

 

This typically means that anything you may want to download, you must do from a USB Thumb Flash Drive. However, there is another option. If you enjoy watching movies and want to do so on you Netbook, you will need an external DVD drive that connects through the USB ports.

There are many different manufacturers and they each have different features that come with them, however, there are some things that they share. Keep in mind though that there are essentially two types of USB connection.

The standard USB connection is typically found on older model laptops, desktops, and netbooks. It is conventional and most USB device works on it, though, not always well.

The newer models have a type of USB connection that is required by most devices, including flash drives and external DVD drives. This connection is called the USB 2.0 port and is preferred because it can allow the device to run smoother and faster.

It is also best for USB DVD drives, due to the video needs required to properly play videos without having issues, such as synch with audio and skipping. The external USB DVD drive is excellent for connecting to a Netbook and is portable enough to take it anywhere.

There are many different manufacturers that offer external USB DVD drives. One of the more popular manufacturers is Targus, which offers the Slimline USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROM drive.

The design offers a connection with a standard USB connection, as well as a USB pass through that can allow for a secondary USB device to be connected to the computer. This model is also powered directly from the USB port on the computer, eliminating the need for an AC adapter.

Another popular model is the Sony DRX S70U DVD-RAM drive which also offers a DVD writing and rewriting capability. The design utilizes USB 2.0 and can connect quickly to Windows Vista, XP, and 2000. The computer manufacturer ASUS has also released the SDRW 08D1S-U.

This model is lightweight and compact and also comes with a stand that will allow you to stand your external US DVD drive on its side to make room for other devices. This model also offers the capability of DVD and CD write and rewrite.

The manufacturer, Iomega, also offers a Super Slim external USB DVD Portable Writer. This drive is another that has the capability to copy CDs and DVDs. The Toshiba external USB DVD Super Multi Drive also offers CD and DVD copying capabilities.

With the choice between the different manufacturers, there is always an option that will work just for you and for your computer. The USB 2.0 connections are very important and can keep your tasks from timing out or freezing while you are working. You can find these devices in any electronics retail store, as well as online at internet markets like Amazon.