Why hasn't anyone done this before? WHY?!
Simple but useful, you don’t always have to be a £300 graphics card or two grand notebook to get my attention on this site. I can appreciate common sense as much as the next man and here’s the proof.
Incorporating both 54g wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 1.2 in a single card with a single receiver, the MSI Dual Net Card is darn handy. The shocker though, is that the company claims it is the world’s first card to unite two such obvious technological stable mates. Amazed, I tutted and did a web search, scratched my head and did another, stroked my chin and tried again. You know what? I think it’s true!
Consequently, it’s pat on the back time for MSI and a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment for everybody else. The implementation looks pretty good too, with the bundled Access Point software allowing wireless setup at the touch of a button (it is 128bit WEP, TKIP and WPA encryption compatible), while the Bluetooth element supports up to seven devices. The company has revamped its BlueSoleil Bluetooth software too (which used to work only with MSI mobos) so it will now play happily with all the other vendors.
Finally, the most remarkable part – apart from the fact no one seems to have offered this combo before – is the price. At just £29.99 including VAT, the Dual Net Card actually appears to be cheaper than the sum of its parts and is available immediately from savastore and Morgan Computers, amongst others.
The only let down for my money is the name. Surely “Wiretooth” is way cooler…?