It’s expensive, but it's also an exciting glimpse at the future Intel is hoping for with WiGig
Modern day Ultrabooks are powerful enough that only the most hardened enthusiasts require anything bigger, however working with a larger display, and with a proper mouse and keyboard is almost always the way to go. For those seeking an easy dock solution when they return to the office, look no further than Dell’s Latitude 6430u, paired with the world’s first commercially available WiGig dock.
Those nifty Trinity APUs weren’t the only cool technology AMD was showing off at CES this week; the company spent time showing off a new I/O technology behind closed doors, too. Dubbed Lightning Bolt – take that, Thunderbolt! – the concept merges USB 3.0, DisplayPort and a power supply into one multifunctional cable. Well, kinda.
Whew! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just all the smoking new tech coming out of the Computex 2011 trade show? We've already spent some time looking at Gigabyte's AMD AM3+ CPU boards, but the company's Booktop M2432 notebook is looking mighty fine too. The successor to the Booktop M1405, the M2432 includes an Intel i5 processor, Intel's integrated HD 3000 GPU with HD graphics support, a USB 3.0 port, and a 14 inch backlit monitor with a 1366 x 768 resolution. But enough about the notebook – the cool thing about the M2432 is its docking station.
Attribute it to falling prices or more powerful parts, but not matter how you slice it, we're living in an increasingly mobile world. Notebook sales are booming, and the netbook craze is in full force. Perhaps poised to take advantaged of this mobile make up, Targus has announced a new dock called the Targus USB 2.0 Docking Station with Video.
The docking station "provides an ergonomic tilt for a comfortable typing angle and also keeps the laptop elevated, providing ventilation while in use." In terms of functionality, the dock includes four USB 2.0 ports (two of which can be used for charging devices), a DVI port for connecting to a monitor at up to a 2048 x 1152 resolution, an Ethernet port, and a speaker-out and a microphone-in port.
The whole thing connects to your laptop via USB and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Not a bad little add-on for the $160 asking price.