Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kinivo BTD-400

John Marine | 6/14/2014 01:24:00 AM | | | |
If your computer lacks Bluetooth functionality, you'll need to purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter to be able to use Bluetooth. I bought an adapter on Amazon called the Kinivo BTD-400. I bought one of these as it was a best-seller on Amazon (in fact, it was the #1 seller). This blog post is my own review of this device after using it for a bit.

--- Kinivo BTD-400 ---

Here is the device I will be reviewing in my blog post:

Kinivo BTD-400
^ from: - This is the Kinivo BTD-400.

The Kinivo BTD-400 is a USB Bluetooth adapter (also called a USB Bluetooth dongle) that allows for any PC not equipped to handle Bluetooth be able to send and receive Bluetooth signals. I was considering getting a USB Bluetooth dongle even with my former PC. I usually don't buy something just because it's the best seller. What could be best-selling could be something that doesn't work as intended.

Before I go any further, I figure it's important I let you know what exactly I am talking about before I review this device.

What Is Bluetooth?

As I have learned, Bluetooth is a revolutionary technology that allows for wireless communication with various devices. Bluetooth sends out radio signals to allow for connectivity among various Bluetooth-enabled devices. It is the most effective wireless technology to date. Functions of Bluetooth can range from exchanging files among devices, listening to music, gaming, communication, and more.

Specifications/Details of Kinivo BTD-400.

Now that I have given you an idea about Bluetooth, let me go ahead and explain as much as I can about the Kinivo BTD-400.

For starters, the Kinivo BTD-400 is a USB Bluetooth adapter that is built to Bluetooth 4.0 standards. That means this USB Bluetooth adapter can handle and utilize devices with Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities, and it can also handle devices that have earlier builds of Bluetooth. The Kinivo BTD-400 is a step up from the previous model- the Kinivo BTD-300, which was meant to handle Bluetooth devices up to version 3.0. But back to the BTD-400... it was meant to handle mostly Windows systems ranging from Windows XP up to Windows 8. However, I read this USB Bluetooth dongle COULD also be used for Linux systems. Only that you'll have to do a little extra work to get this to work for Linux. This device is NOT supported with Mac computers. So you would be out of luck trying to use this for Mac computers.

Anyone considering getting the Kinivo BTD-400 has to be aware of the system requirements for this device. Here are the system requirements:

• 200 MHz processor
• 64 MB of RAM, 128 MB of RAM recommended
• a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
• compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

That covers the device. Now on to my review after spending mostly a day with this device.

--- Kinivo BTD-400 Review ---

Let me show you the packaging the Kinivo BTD-400 comes in.

Kinivo BTD-400
^ from: (one of my Facebook albums) - The Kinivo BTD-400 after opening the package.

My Experiences.

When I bought the Kinivo BTD-400 from Amazon, I was pleased to see this device in the mail. I didn't have to use the included install disc because I was using Windows 8. Windows 8 will automatically try to find the drivers necessary to install this device rather than have to use the install disc. Those using Windows 7 or earlier will need to use the install disc to install the files onto the PC to be able to use the Kinivo BTD-400.

Upon installation, I quickly went ahead and tried to test out the Kinivo BTD-400. I was pleased at being able to pair it with my two Android devices I use- the Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet PC and the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 portable media player. Only real problem I've had trying to pair these devices with my PC was simply in trying to get my PC to recognize the different devices. All I need to do is have the Bluetooth features turned on and try to connect with the PC through Bluetooth. There is an HTML file for which all of my bookmarked links are stored in. I used Bluetooth to send and receive this Bookmark file to my devices. All I needed to do on the devices was accept the file transfer, and that was it. The biggest plus to all of this is that I no longer have to have my Android devices physically attached to my computer to be able to send and receive files from my PC. Even with my new PC, I don't have to upload files to Microsoft OneDrive as long as I have my PC up and running. Another advantage to using Bluetooth is that I don't need an Internet connection of any kind (including Wi-Fi) to be able to use devices or transfer files.

Two nice features about the Kinivo BTD-400 is that it doesn't consume loads of PC power, and it emits a pretty blue light to show it is working. Some people kind of find it annoying (I don't know why you would) about the blue light on this device. It still gets the job done. It isn't as if it is overly bright to light up a dark room. Its small design makes it unobtrusive of other USB devices. You almost don't even know it's there once you put it into an available USB port.

My Review.

I wish I had gotten the Kinivo BTD-400 device sooner. At least for my current Windows 8 PC, this device works very well. I have had some good usage out of this USB Bluetooth dongle. More importantly, I wish more physical stores have such USB Bluetooth adapters in stock and on sale. The Kinivo BTD-400 supports devices with up to Bluetooth 4.0, meaning this is a worthy device to have if you have certain Bluetooth devices up to that version. And of course, devices with older versions of Bluetooth are backwards-compatible with the Kinivo BTD-400. Mac users need not apply trying to get this device because the Kinivo BTD-400 does not support Mac devices.

The Kinivo BTD-400 is a best-seller in its category on Amazon for a reason. It works. I have only used this (literally) for less than one day and already am thinking of more ways to utilize the Bluetooth capabilities I gave my PC by simply plugging in this device. In fact, I am almost considering getting Bluetooth headphones to listen to music from my PC (or other Bluetooth-enabled devices) going around my house. The Kinivo BTD-400 is a fabulous device for anyone looking to give a PC Bluetooth functionality. Pair your devices and enjoy the technological genius known as Bluetooth as provided by the Kinivo BTD-400.

For More Information...

For more information on the Kinivo BTD-400, please visit Kinivo's official website at If my review has convinced you to get one of these, I want you to buy this device on Amazon by clicking on this item below:

I would appreciate your business if you did shop for this item based on your satisfaction in my review.

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LEN K said...

Ummm, sorry I have no idea on this mechanical field...
but sounds nice,John.
By the way, thanks for commenting, I always appreciate your comments.

Harija said...

Nice John and thank you so much for your lovely thoughts on my past post!!
Deeply appreciate it ;)
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John Marine said...

sounds like a good device.

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