Wireless USB notebooks appear

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.

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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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  • wireless USB.... should we really care?

    We have bluetooth for battery operated items that can go hours or days on a single charge. As you pointed out, for things that USB2.0 is used for, the device will require a power cable anyway. And if it didn't (as in built-in battery for an inkjet or something) the novelty of having to recharge the thing every second day would wear off *very* quickly. I would guess having to fumble for that AC adapter to do the charging would be way more annoying than a single USB cable plugged in permanently.
    croberts
  • It might have it's uses...

    Imagine you have your laptop, attached to the printer, scanner, network, whatever else you use those USB ports on the side for... All at your desk. But you want to take it out to the living room, and watch TV while working. That's nice, but you have to pull out the devices, and not use them until you go back to your desk. The whole point of wireless USB is that you can take your laptop away, and still use those devices. you don't need to be in the same room as the printer, if you don't need the printouts right away.

    That's what I see as using it for... could be pointless, could not... let's see what they do with it.
    kamahl928
  • That would be nice if they don't screw up like they did with Bluetooth(NT)

    (NT)
    vbp1