The Kyocera KPC680 ExpressCard works with PCs and Macs alike. If you have a laptop, it’ll work with it.
It’s also built for EVDO Rev. A networks. That’ll get you DSL speeds on the go.
Out of Production
The KPC680 is a versatile, solid card built with the user in mind. It’s a good buy for a good price. However, if you’re looking for even more versatility, check out Alltel’s Kyocera KPC680. After all, they’re merging by the end of the year.
As mentioned in the Alltel aircard review, the Kyocera KPC680 is the Honda Civic of aircards. It’s cheap, reliable and gets the job done while still looking decent just about anywhere.
Most aircards are either a PC Card, ExpressCard or USB card. The KPC680 could be all three but isn’t. Its original form is an ExpressCard. However, what the smart folks at Kyocera did was to ship adapters for PC Card slots and USB slots with the card. However, Verizon doesn’t. Alltel does.
Another thing it’s got going for it is EVDO Rev. A speed. Speeds can run up to 3.1 Mbps for DSL-like speeds. It’s hard to go wrong here.
At the time of this review, the retail value was $199. However, you can get it free here.
3. Manufacturer’s Description
The ExpressCard wireless PC card offers broadband laptop connectivity anywhere you roam on the Verizon Wireless network. The Kyocera KPC680 gives you both broadband access – up to 3.1 Mbps bursts – and 1xRTT backward compatibility (up to 130 Kbps). Simple to use, the Kyocera KPC680 Passport lets you surf the Internet, download attachments, log into your corporate VPN, send and receive text messages, and so much more from just about anywhere.
5. Technical Details
From the Manufacturer
- Network Compatibility – CDMA 800, 1900
- 3G Data Speeds – Yes
- Dimensions – 4.5 in x 1.3 in x 0.2 in
- Weight – 1.3 oz
- Download Protocol – CDMA 800, 1900
- Data Download Speed – EV-DO rev A (Up to 3.1 Mbps Down/1.8 Mbps Up), EV-DO rev 0 (2.4 Mbps Down/153 Kbps Up), 1xRTT
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