Product Review: Watch the Playoffs on the Go
Don’t miss a second of the action with this data stick.
If you’re like me, you find yourself a bit conflicted at this time of year.
On the one hand, it’s the ultimate season for sports lovers – we’re getting down to the nitty gritty in both the NHL and NBA playoffs, baseball is just getting interesting and football, err… well, never mind about that sport right now.
However, here’s the rub: just as the action is heating up, so is the weather. Do you really want to sit on the couch when it’s starting to get so gorgeous outside?
Now, thanks to WIND Mobile’s new WINDspeed data stick E1691, you don’t have to make that choice anymore. You can take your sports with you!
If you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, it’s pretty much impossible for you to watch sports on anything but your TV or your laptop. But if you want to watch the game on your laptop outside, you better have a pretty damn strong wireless signal or be sitting in a hot spot. Or… you can use WIND’s data stick and stay connected to the scores – wherever you are (as long as you’re in a WIND zone, that is).
Employing USB 2.0 technology, the E1691 is apparently a plug-and-play device, although I must have missed something, because it wasn’t that simple. However, I wouldn’t say it was difficult, either; the stick self-installed software that made connecting to the network pretty intuitive.
Once connected, you’ll be surfing with 7.2 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload speeds – not too shabby. I was sitting in my backyard on a gorgeous day last weekend, basking in the sun while watching the Lakers get finished off by Mavericks – life is sweet sometimes, don’t you think?
The stick measures 82 mm x 27 mm x 13 mm and has a nifty fold-up feature that tucks away the USB port for easier and safer storage, a good thing for if-there’s-a-way-to-break-it-I’ll-find-it types like myself.
At a dainty 31 grams, this stick won’t exactly weigh you down, either.
The stick works on any PC with Windows 2000/XP/7 or on Macs with OS 10.4 or later.
Best Convo Contest Update
The word on the street is that the first conversation in the WIND Best Conversation Ever contest may have happened last week. We’re still waiting for confirmation that the personality agreed to participate. Stay tuned for details.