Merlin Wireless PC Card For Ricochet
Sick of intolerably slow wireless connections when you travel? If so, Merlin's new Ricochet PC card modem might be your salvation. Just pop this little gem into the Type II slot of a laptop or CE device, and enjoy high-speed wireless data access -- provided you're traveling.
The Merlin PC card modem installs easily. It also travels well; it fits nicely with the card in the supplied slip case although the integral antenna is a bit clunky.
So where's the Kryptonite that brings down this electronic super hero? The weaknesses are twofold. First, it's dead in its tracks if you're not in a Ricochet service area. Also, high-speed wireless access comes at a high cost. The unlimited service will set users back about $75 per month. The modem itself starts at $100, depending on the type and length of the service plan.
If you travel within Ricochet service areas and must have high-speed mobile access, Merlin's modem is a winner.
$299; varies with activation plans
PROS: High-speed access on the go
CONS: Cost; limited to certain markets