Dell offers WiMax option in its Studio 17, Studio XPS 16 laptops
Dell is offering WiMax, a longer-range wireless broadband service for notebooks and mobile devices, on two of its consumer laptop models: the Dell Studio 17 laptop and the Studio XPS 16 notebook.
Dell also suggested in a corporate blog that it was working closely with Clearwire to expand the range of WiMax service from its current supported areas around Portland, Ore., Atlanta and Baltimore. Clearwire plans on initiating the service in several cities throughout 2009, including Las Vegas, Chicago and Philadelphia, followed by 2010 rollouts in New York, Washington and San Francisco.
"Once it's available in more cities, you won't have to spend time looking for hot spots. Compared to mobile broadband, WiMax offers flexible service offerings," Lionel Menchaca, a spokesperson for Dell, wrote in the May 6 Dell corporate blog posting. "WiMax is fast too—it offers peak download rates of about 13Mbps and up to 3Mbps upload speeds. Beyond that, our internal WiMax options all support 802.11n."
The Studio 17 and Studio XPS 16 now offer a WiMax/Wireless-N combo card option for a $60 upgrade. The Studio 17 is a 17", widescreen laptop customizable for Intel Core 2 Duo processors; the Studio XPS 16 is a 16" "ultrawide" laptop with 1080p high-definition support and a Centrino 2 platform.