I was browsing around for a 3G dongle for a MacBook Pro when I noticed that there appears to be a bunch of 3G Portable routers out there. I wasn’t even aware of this category until now:
HUAWEI E560, TPLINK M5350, SAPIDO MB-1112
The E560 seems to be the only one that’s directly supported by CHT - it supposedly has a 5 hour battery life, but the model is already 18+ mo old I think, which makes me wonder if a new model could come out. The M5350 looks nice, but I don’t see it being sold anywhere in Taiwan, so it may not even work here (compatibility?). My favorite is the MB-1112 (with its whopping 8hrs of battery life), but I’m not sure it’s even being made any more. I sent Sapido an e-mail to find out what’s going on.
Has anyone played around with these units? Any recommendations or experiences you can share?
My biggest concerns are battery life and reliability (solid connection). Even if I have to wire up an ethernet cable to the 3G router to save power, that’s fine with me - I just want the unit to have its own battery (or in the case of the MB-1112, 2 batteries) so it doesn’t suck the juice through the USB port like a dongle does.
FWIW, I am currently paying NT100 for a cheap mobile that I rarely use voice on, and sometimes just text. I considered going to a smartphone and using a bluetooth tether to the laptop is a possibility, but since I have to have a laptop anyways and I can do more with a laptop than a smartphone, I just can’t get myself to pull the trigger on a nice HTC One or an iPhone 5 (despite my drooling all over their hi-res screens). Besides, the laptop will prolly suck the batteries right out of those smartphones - no way they would last a day.