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The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (or the Huawei E5783B-230 to give it its technical name) isn’t just another 4G mobile broadband device, as unlike many rival devices this one supports speeds of up to 300Mbps, so while it’s still 4G, it’s faster than a lot of other products on the market.

Of course, speed is just one factor of a mobile broadband device. Other considerations include battery life, size, weight, and the number of devices you can connect to it at once – not to mention the price.

So, does the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi excel in all those areas? And is it the right mobile broadband device for you? Read on to find out.

Design

Huawei 4G Plus micro USB

The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi does not stand out much in terms of its design. Really the most notable element is simply its black colour, which is notable only because – for whatever reason – mobile broadband devices tend to be white.

The two shades are equally inoffensive though and preference will be a subjective choice, so while we like that it looks a little different, you might prefer a white shade.

Regardless, colour aside the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is a very plain box, with just a Huawei logo and some status indicators on the front.

It is arguably even plainer than the Huawei E5573bs-322, which despite coming from the same company is one of its main rivals. But the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi certainly has a sleek look.

At 108 x 62 x 16mm and 87g the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is slightly larger and heavier than the Huawei E5573bs-322 or the Vodafone R219 (another one of its rivals, if you’re open to Vodafone), which is a mark against it, since as it’s designed to be carried around with you we’d want it to be as small and light as possible. But it’s still very portable, and it has some upgrades over those devices.

Setup

As with most mobile broadband devices, setup here is simple. Just put a SIM card in the micro-SIM card slot (if one is not pre-inserted), then charge the device if needed, switch it on, and follow the simple quick start instructions that come with it.

But essentially, it will automatically broadcast a Wi-Fi network (using a mobile data signal from the inserted SIM card) that you can then connect other devices to. The Wi-Fi network will appear on Wi-Fi network lists just like a network from a standard router would, so any device that can connect to Wi-Fi will be able to connect to the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi.

The network it broadcasts will use a predefined SSID and Network Key that come with the device on a card, so there is little that needs doing before you can get your gadgets online. If you wish you can also change it using the devices software, which you can access via smartphone or computer.

Performance

The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi supports download speeds of up to 300Mbps over 4G. In the real world you are unlikely to get speeds that high, but it basically means you can make the most of any 4G network, and get higher real-world speeds than you would from many rival devices.

That, coupled with the ability to get up to 16 gadgets online wirelessly at once (which should be more than enough for most users), makes this a top mobile broadband choice.

It also supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi simultaneously, with the former offering higher speeds over shorter ranges and the latter designed for increased range. It should be noted that when activating 5Ghz and 2.4GHz at the same time you can connect 8 devices to each, which still gives you a total of 16 devices.

You could for example connect your laptop to do some work while friends or family members stream video on a tablet, game on a Switch, and more.

For even better performance you can use it as a USB modem by plugging it into a computer using the included micro USB cable. When doing this, the device is plug and play and the device software will load automatically and supports 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (excluding Windows RT), MAC OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12. It's also useful that you can still share internet wirelessly at the same time as doing this.

Battery and features

The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi has a 1,500mAh battery which is charged using the included micro USB cable. That’s not a massive battery, but it is a match for the Huawei E5573bs-322 or the Vodafone R219, and in practice allows for far longer life than the former of those, while matching the latter, with up to 6 hours of operating time and 350 hours of standby. So if you’re not using it you will rarely have to charge it, and even when you are using it you should get enough life to see you through most lengthy journeys.

As for features, there is nothing of major note, but the control panel offers everything you would expect including control of the Wi-Fi network configuration, MAC address filtering and firewall control. It's also compatible with Huawei’s SmartHome app, which enables you to control it from your smartphone or tablet.

Alternatives

The main alternative to the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is the Huawei E5573bs-322. At 94 x 58mm and 75g it is a smaller, lighter device, which is a good thing, but its top download speed of 150Mbps is only half the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi’s, and while both devices have a 1,500mAh battery, the one in the Huawei E5573bs-322 is only rated for up to 4 hours of use, compared to 6 from the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi’s.

 

Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (E5783B-230)

Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (E5783B-230)

Huawei E5573bs-322

Huawei E5573bs 322

Download Speeds Up to 300Mbps Up to 150Mbps
Upload Speeds Up to 100Mbps Up to 50Mbps
Maximum Connected devices 16 10
Dimensions 108 x 62 x 16mm 96.8 x 58 x 12.8mm
Weight 87g 75g
Wi-Fi 

Dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz

Dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz

USB Model Yes (micro USB) Yes (micro USB)
Battery Size 1500mAh 1500mAh
Standby Time 300 hours 300 hours
Operating Time 6 Hours 4 hours
  - Huawei E5573bs-322 Review

The Huawei E5573bs-322 can also only get up to 10 devices online at once, which should be enough for most people, but is less than the 16 of the 4G Plus MiFi.

There’s also the Vodafone R219, which is only a rival if you’re open to mobile broadband on Vodafone, but which is very similar to the Huawei E5573bs-322 – meaning it’s smaller and lighter than the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi, but with far lower maximum speeds too and only up to 10 simultaneous connections. However, it matches the 4G Plus MiFi for battery size and life.

Plans

The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is available on a wide range of plans from Three, coming in 1-month, 12-month, or 24-month durations, and with a range of data allowances right up to unlimited. At the time of writing, the cheapest plan with no upfront cost comes in at just £12 per month – that’s a 24-month plan with 10GB of data.

At the higher end, you can pay for example £23 per month, with a £9 upfront cost, for unlimited data on a 24-month plan. These are competitive prices for the specs on offer.

Conclusion

The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is a speedy 4G mobile broadband device with good battery life and a competitive price.

There’s not much more to say about it than that – while a 5G device might be more desirable at this point, progress in mobile broadband can often be slow, so we might be waiting a while for many of them to launch. In the meantime, this is one of the best and fastest options around.

It’s not the smallest, lightest, or cheapest mobile broadband device, but it strikes a great balance.

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Specifications

Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm): 108 x 62 x 16
  • Weight (g): 87
  • Modem: 4G
  • Colours: Black
  • SIM-Card size: micro-SIM
  • Download speeds: Up to 300Mbps
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 1,500
  • Expandable storage up to (GB): N/A
  • Launch date: Out now

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