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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.