Verizon's Jetpack 4G 890L mobile router review: Performance meets style

The Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L offers both performance and style for frequent travelers.


I am the type who generally cares more about functionality than style, but once in a while, I am intrigued by the look, too. Case in point: the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L from Verizon Wireless.

This is a mobile router that gets attention, looking more like a beauty product for the ladies than something that would appeal to geeks. The good news is that it offers more than just looks.

Though large, the Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L is actually supercute.
Though large, the Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L is actually supercute. Dong Ngo/CNET

The Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L comes with a very well-designed LCD screen that shows you all you need to know about the status of your wireless connections and even allows for changing many of its settings. It's the first I've seen that enables users to manage their mobile network without having to use a computer.

The device is also very good on the performance front, consistently offering great 4G connection throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices to the Internet while you're on the go. The router has about 6 hours of battery life, which is about the same as other mobile routers. I actually had hope that it would have longer battery life, since the 890L is much larger than its peers. However, 6 hours is ample.

Despite the nice design, the mobile hot-spot router is actually pretty affordable, costing just $20 for those signing up for a two-year contract; otherwise, it costs around $250. To find out more about how the device makes a great companion, check out the full review of the Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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