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Our smartphones let us get online wherever, whenever, but most other devices that we might went to go online with – such as laptops and tablets – don’t tend to come with a mobile data connection, leaving them a little useless when there’s no Wi-Fi.

But a mobile Wi-Fi device makes them useful again, by broadcasting a 4G network that these other electronics can connect to.

The Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi is one such device, and it’s an especially affordable one too, at just £59.99 or free on contract from £9 per month on Three, but is it good value or is it cheap for a reason?

Design

Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Review

The Huawei E5573bs-322 is a very plain device, and that’s fine, no-one needs a flashy mobile Wi-Fi device.

It’s a little white box, and little is the key word here, as at 94 x 58mm it’s not much bigger than a credit card, and at 75g it doesn’t weigh much either. That’s important, as this is one more device you’re going to be carrying around with you, so you want it to be small and light – in this case it could even slip into most pockets.

And the design while basic is nice enough, with a patterned trim around the edge and little green lights on the top.

Setup and performance

It’s easy to get the Huawei E5573bs-322 up and running for the first time – just pop in a SIM card, make sure the device is charged and follow some simple setup instructions.

It comes with a quick start guide to help you along, and once it’s up and running it has a predefined SSID and network key, so you can use those details to connect other devices to it in the same way as you would connect them to a normal Wi-Fi network, so it’s fast and simple. It’s also just as secure as a private home or office network.

As for performance, the Huawei E5573bs-322 is sold by Three in the UK, so it’s Three’s network you’ll likely be using. As such you’re limited by Three’s coverage and speeds, but the good news is that Three’s 4G network is widely available across the UK.

And the Huawei E5573bs-322 is equipped to take advantage of 4G speeds, with download speeds of up to 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps. That’s in line with most other Mobile Wi-Fi devices and while some phones are theoretically capable of faster you’ll rarely experience higher 4G speeds in the real world.

Your internet connection won’t be as fast as the speediest fibre broadband would be, but that’s not portable, while this is.

Battery

Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Review

The Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi has a 1,500mAh battery. It can last for up to 300 hours in standby mode, which is a great amount of time, as you don’t need to worry about it running out of juice when you’re not using it.

However, when you are using it the battery will only last up to 4 hours. That should be good enough in most cases, but if you’re planning to be out of Wi-Fi range all day (and not near a socket) then this might not get the job done.

Features

Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Review

The Huawei E5573bs-322 4G Mobile Wi-Fi is a fairly basic device, putting a low price ahead of features, but it does have some extras.

For one thing, there’s a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 32GB. And it also has indicator lights, giving you an idea of the battery life and signal at a glance.

You can also use it to get up to five devices online at once. Some Wi-Fi devices, such as the similarly-named Huawei E5573, can get up to ten devices online at once, but five should be plenty for most people.

You could for example connect your tablet, your laptop and still have three connections left to share with friends, family or colleagues.

Conclusion

The Huawei E5573bs-322 is a great, simple, affordable mobile Wi-Fi option. If you’re planning to need mobile Wi-Fi regularly for long periods, or to get a lot of people online, you might want to look elsewhere and spend a little more, but if you just want the ability to get laptops and tablets online for a few hours at a time this is a strong option and good value for money.

Whether to keep your kids entertained in the car, or get some work done on the train, or even for use abroad thanks to Three’s Feel At Home service, the Huawei E5573bs-322 could really come in handy.

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Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions (mm): 94 x 58mm

Weight (g): 75.00

Modem: 4G

Battery capacity (mAh): 1500

Colours: White

Expandable storage up to (GB): 32GB

Speed: Up to 150Mbps download, up to 50Mbps upload

Launch date: Out now

Price: £59.99

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