I was using the Bluetake BT007SV on my laptop, but now that Bluetake has sent me the new BT009M for a review I'm replacing it. Simply because the BT009M is a unique product with more functionality than a simple Bluetooth USB dongle can offer.
The BT009M is different because it combines a high speed USB 2.0 interface, a flash memory USB Mass Storage drive, and a Bluetooth dongle, all in a single 14g unit.
The unit comes with two switches, to independently control the Bluetooth radio and the READ/WRITE status of the flash memory. For example, you can carry it with you using the strap that comes with the product, and switch the Bluetooth radio off before inserting the dongle into a USB port. This way the computer will recognise the adapter as a new removable disk drive, without asking for Bluetooth drivers. Very handy for transporting data from one computer to another. In reality you'll not need any drivers for the storage device if using Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Windows 98 users will have to install a driver, though.
The CD also comes with mySecurity 2.5 Lite, an encryption program. Quite handy when moving confidential data using the flash memory.
Simply another removable drive. Here it's E:
The READ/WRITE switch is used to set the flash memory to READ ONLY mode, to prevent accidental delete of data. The flash drive I've tested comes with 128MB (FAT32), but I have reformatted it to use NTFS. There are options for 256MB and 512MB models. According to the documentation the memory allows for up to 1,000,000 erase cycles and data can be retained for up to ten years. The specs say that the BT009M support up to 8 MB/S (write) and 9 MB/S (read).
Switches: radio on/off, Read only mode
The Bluetooth device is activated by changing the radio switch to ON. Because this device comes with flash memory, I think copying the Bluetooth drivers to the flash memory is a good idea. It'll use 17MB, but I can then insert the device in a new computer, with the radio off, install the Bluetooth drivers from the flash memory, and then turn the radio on. No more CD needed when visiting friends.
The Bluetooth driver is currently 188.8.131.52, which includes the HID (Human Interface Device) profile, used to connect mouse and keyboard devices. Because I had the Bluetake BT500 Bluetooth mouse and I wanted to use it with my laptop, I decided to install this review unit replacing the BT007SV.
I've installed the Bluetooth drivers from the CD, plugged the dongle and had the mouse up and running in just a couple of minutes. I then proceeded by pairing with my Bluetooth BT300 LAN Access Point, the iPAQ h4150, my Geekzone desktop (equipped with a TDK adapter) and the Sony Ericsson P800. As I expected all these worked flawlessly with the Bluetake. I even had the laptop in Standby mode and when it resumed from this state the mouse started working as if nothing had happened.
All my devices, with some simultaneous active connections
The BT009M is a Class II device with a 10m range. It comes with a USB lead, so you can extend its reach if you need to position it better. It's also a good idea to use this if the USB connector is in the back of a laptop, where it could easily break if moving the computer around.
Box contents - this is a mini-CD
In summary, if you want a neat Bluetooth device, with added functionality and a good software version, I would recommend the BT009M .