Wireless USB notebooks appear

Summary:Wireless USB finally comes to Dell and Lenovo notebooks. It's been announced today that Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p models are the first PCs to be certified for Wireless USB.

Wireless USB finally comes to Dell and Lenovo notebooks.  It's been announced today that Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p models are the first PCs to be certified for Wireless USB.

Wireless USB is compelling indeed.  Imagine being able to break free of the wiring clutter that links our USB devices to your PC.  With Wireless USB this will be possible.  That's a nice thought, although for many devices, especially power-hungry peripherals such as printers and scanners, Wireless USB will mean that you lose the PC to peripheral cable but still need to supply power through a cable, and for low-power devices this will mean changing batteries or periodic recharges.  Still, I'm looking forward to being able to break the PC/device cable both on my desktop PC and notebooks because this will reduce a lot on the clutter - behind my PC there are so many cables it looks like a power station.

You can order the Thinkpad now for $1,800 but you'll have to wait until late summer or early fall for the Inspiron.  Both are equipped with WiQuest Communications Wireless USB chipsets. 

Anyone else jazzed about Wireless USB?

Topics: Wi-Fi, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Networking

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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