Wireless charging technology, especially for smartphones, has been available for a while now but it hasn’t really garnered mainstream popularity yet.
But with Apple rumored to be finally introducing wireless charging for next iPhone, other companies are sure to follow suit, not just with smartphones, but with laptops as well.
Taking the lead, Dell announced that the world’s first wireless charging 2-in-1 laptop, the Dell Latitude 7285, is now available for purchase.
Dell Latitude 7285
The Latitude 7285 is actually a premium 12.3-inch Windows 10 tablet/laptop hybrid that is positioned as Dell’s answer to Microsoft’s own high-end 2-in-1, the Surface Pro.
Although Dell boasts that it is the world’s first laptop with a wireless charging capability, the feature is optional and it requires additional hardware. The 7285’s base model starts at $1,199 and enabling wireless charging requires a charging keyboard ($380) and a charging mat ($200).
The laptop uses magnetic resonance wireless charging technology from WiTricity. With this method, users will have to attach the charging keyboard to the laptop then lay it on top of the charging mat. The charging mat is the sole component that needs to be plugged in for power with a conventional power cord.
Both the charging keyboard and the hybrid laptop have their own separate batteries. Upon contact, the charging mat will charge the laptop to 100 percent first before moving on to charge the keyboard, which users can’t charge beforehand.
Another drawback is that the charging mat won’t work on metal surfaces. To use on metal desks, the mat needs to be on a non-metal stand that’s at least 50mm above the desk’s surface.
Dell’s objective with this technology is to improve mobility and minimize wire clutter around a user’s workspace. Coupled with Dell’s high-speed WiGig dock connection, a user can quickly move the laptop to and from the desk without unplugging any wires.
Other specs for the $1,199 base model include a 12.3-inch 2,800 x 1,920 resolution touchscreen, an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and two USB-C ports with Thundebolt 3 compatibility.
Imaging wise, it sports a rear 8-megapixel rear camera and a 720p selfie camera with an infrared sensor for use with Windows Hello biometric logins.
If you don’t particularly care for the wireless charging option because of the extra costs involved, the Latitude 7285 do come with a 45-watt USB-C charging adapter for the traditional wired way of charging.
The Latitude 7285 2-in-1 laptop is now available on Dell’s website.