Best Bluetooth 5.0 Dongles and Adapters in 2021

Bluetooth 5.0 is faster, better for connectivity and you'll need a new dongle for it if you want to take advantage of these new specs!

The ever-present Bluetooth has been updated to the 5.0 version, meaning there’s a new slew of dongles out on the market for you to purchase. But which one should you buy? Well, don’t think about it too hard and follow our handy guide for the Best Bluetooth 5.0 Dongles in 2021.

But before you go and buy a new dongle, how about you make sure you’ve not got one that’s accidentally turned itself off in one of the many mysteries that our computers do themselves. If you’re convinced and now want a new keyboard or speaker, we’ve got you covered as well!

As we mentioned in our 4.0 dongle round-up last year, Bluetooth devices are all pretty much the same. Different manufacturers might have different methods of bringing Bluetooth to your PC, but for the most part, the underlying tech is always going to be the same. We chose these based on price, availability, and user reviews.

Our Recommended

Best Bluetooth 5.0 Dongles and Adapters in 2021

PROS

Reliable

Small and portable

Backwards Compatible

Four times the range over 4.0

CONS

Costly compared to no-name brands

Small, could get lost

ASUS is an incredibly reliable brand and this doesn’t stop at their smaller peripherals. Their 5.0 Dongle is in the more traditional small, but flush with your machine shape, with total compatibility with previous Bluetooth devices, no questions asked.

This is our go-to choice for reliability, as we just generally trust ASUS to produce a decent product.

It has 2 times faster speeds for transfers while supporting up to 4 times the range and if you’re using headphones, the audio quality is always going to be top-notch.

PROS

Super long range for a portable Bluetooth device

Works with Windows 10, 8 and 7

Up to 100m range

CONS

Large antannae makes it unsuitable for laptops

Fairly long

No macOS and Linux support

Using Bluetooth can sometimes lead you to run into connectivity issues when you’re out of range, so don’t get left in the dust when you want to sit further away than a few meters with your favourite controller or headphones.

The ZEXMTE Bluetooth device has a total range of up to 100M, with a lack of interference with the 2.4GHz frequency band.

To be honest, this will be perfect for those with a home office during the time people are transitioning to work from home, so you don’t have to have a massive printer sat on your desk or if you want to move about to a different spot but still send documents.

PROS

WiFi 6 and Bluetooth in one device

PCIe ensures fastest speeds

Won't take up too much room in the case

Heatsink to prevent overheating

CONS

Having to fumble inside the case for Bluetooth

Chance of antannae breaking

This one is for the enthusiasts out there that are also looking to upgrade all their wireless connections for their PC should look no further than a PCIe card, especially this low-cost, highly-reviewed one from EDUP.

This is really simple to install, find a spare PCIe slot on your motherboard if possible and place it in. Once you start up your PC again, Windows should automatically recognise it and away you go!

This is perfect for those who just a one-and-done device, covering both WIFI 6 and Bluetooth 5. Both bands are supported, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, as well as a heat sink to keep it nice and cool.

The two antennae on the back should give you enough of a boost with range to help cover all situations as to where you are in the room or whatever other devices or things might be interfering with signals.

PROS

Small and portable

Sits flush on laptop or PC

Up to seven devices at once

Windows 7, 8 and 10 support

CONS

No Linux or macOS support

Possible short range

Techkey’s Bluetooth dongle is a very sleek, small device that’ll sit flush against almost any PC or laptop, providing you with quality connections over a 2.4GHz band.

With this dongle, you can connect up to seven devices at the same time, including printers, headphones, and more. This is also ideal for Bluetooth controllers like the PS4, PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers as the latency with 5.0 has been reduced incrementally from 4.0.

While it doesn’t work with Linux or macOS, it is entirely backward compatible with Windows’ previous versions up to 7, as well as able to be fit into that spare USB 2.0 slot you have that you’ve been avoiding. Of course, for the best results, 3.0 or higher ports are recommended.

PROS
CONS

Things To Consider

Look out for backward compatability!

Most, if not all Bluetooth 5.0 dongles will work with older devices on 2.1, 3 and 4 versions of Bluetooth. However, when purchasing you should look into whether or not they actually do or you could wind up having to deal with slower, less capable dongles.

Our Verdict

For us, the ASUS is the best bet here for a general audience. The thing about Bluetooth is that dedicating a whole PCIe slot to it without considering the potential for upgrades down the line is going to be a huge issue if you ever decide to add more devices.

The reliability of the brand is what drives this, we just know that if there are any issues, ASUS’ customer support will have your back.

Struggling to get Bluetooth working on Windows 11 and 10? Follow our guide!

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A lover of janky games, Magic the Gathering, and going down rabbit holes, Joel still finds time to goof off on the internet and trying to not find another new hobby.

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