Kyocera KPC650 review: Kyocera KPC650

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.4
  • Design and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Easy installation; nice design.

The Bad Expensive service; inconsistent performance.

The Bottom Line Although the performance wasn't as fast or consistent as we'd like, you can't deny the attractiveness of access to the Internet from almost anywhere, and that’s what this card gives you.

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Kyocera KPC650 cellular modem

With the Kyocera KPC650 cellular modem card and Verizon's growing EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) network, traveling professionals finally have the killer app they've been looking for: broadband access on the road. If it's available in your area, an EV-DO connection will allow you to access the Internet at high speeds from wherever you are--be it train, car, or airport--and the KPC650 is the conduit. But, as you might expect, it doesn't come cheap. At $99 (with a two-year service contract) the card is relatively inexpensive, but Verizon's all-you-can-eat data package will run you $79.99 per month.

The card itself looks much like any other PC Card with the addition of a fold-out antenna to facilitate connections. Some users may prefer the clean lines of a card without this antenna, such as the Novatel Wireless V620 , which is also available through Verizon. Even if you're a stranger to networking, installation could not be easier. The included documentation walks you through every step of the process, even telling you exactly when to slide the card into the notebook. In fact, we were up and running in less than five minutes, and that includes the time it took for Windows to recognize and install the correct drivers.

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Kyocera KPC650

Part Number: KPC650 Released: Apr 18, 2005
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  • Release date Apr 18, 2005
  • Max Transfer Rate 2.4 Mbps