The USBConnect 881 is definitely ahead of its time or rather ahead of schedule since none of AT&T’s markets support HSUPA. That doesn’t stop us from wanting to take a first look at the device as well and test how well it performs under the current network – HSDPA.
The unit is sturdy and well built. The USB part of the connector neatly folds up when not in use. You just need to be extra careful when it’s plugged in and you happen to be using your laptop on your lap. There’s a big chance you may accidentally bang it on something if you move around. I’m pretty careless, so there’s a big chance I’m going to whack it on something and break it off. Therefore, from a design point of view, I prefer the internal ExpressCard EX720 by Novatel.