Optus E1762 USB Modem review: Optus E1762 USB Modem

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Fuss-free set-up. microSD memory card slot.

The Bad Huge fluctuations in service depending on location and time of day.

The Bottom Line The hardware performs its part of the equation just fine, but if you're considering Optus' wireless broadband make sure you take advantage of its seven-day trial period.

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Design and features

OK, you know the drill. If you've read through our round-up of the best USB HSDPA wireless broadband modems then you'll have noticed a pattern. At this time your options when choosing a wireless broadband service are limited to buying a USB modem or a USB modem, and the Optus E1762 is no different. It's no bigger or smaller, no wider or slimmer, and like the modems we've reviewed from 3 Mobile and Vodafone, the E1762 features a microSD card slot that turns this modem into a mass storage device as well, though no memory is included.

The software needed to connect to the Optus network is built-in to the modem and with auto-execute when you plug the modem in for the first time. Our experience with this set-up was flawless; the three systems we tested the software on, it unpacked and installed with almost no interaction from us — no tricky questions to answer and no annoying registration. Though again, this is standard with all the services we've tested in the last six to 12 months.

Performance

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Where to Buy

Optus E1762 USB Modem

Part Number: CNETOptus E1762 USB Modem

Typical Price: $199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.