Dude, the world’s first laptop with wireless charging is a… Dell

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No crime to Apple, but the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar hasn’t been the game-changer we initially thought it would be. Many people now agree it’s a gimmick.

But you know what’s not a gimmick? A laptop with built-in wireless charging.

Dell’s new Latitude 7285 is being billed as the world’s first laptop with wireless charging, so you will not ever have to worry about tripping over a charging cable again, in spite of the fact that it looks just like your daddy’s favorite computer.

Announced at CES in January, the admittedly basic-looking 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptop is finally shipping starting today.

The laptop starts at $1,200 and comes with some decent hardware, such as an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of all SSD storage.

The 12.3-inch touchscreen component of this machine ships with a crisp 2,880 x 1,920 resolution. You’ll also find a Windows Hello-ready camera around the front, which’ll let you sign in the computer with your face.

And unlike Apple’s MacBook, this Dell comes with 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, microSD card slot, SIM card slot, and a headphone jack.

These are all nice, but what about the wireless charging? Well, it’s similar to the inductive charging on mobiles such as the Galaxy S8, meaning you want to put it on a wireless charging pad.

Dell says it booted up with WiTricity to add its “magnetic resonance wireless charging technology” to wirelessly provide the 30-watts of electricity required to sufficiently charge up the laptop.

You will need the wireless charging keypad and the charging pad, which will put you back $550.

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It is impressive! But now for some bad news. The 1,200 starting price does not include the wireless charging computer keyboard or charging pad. You’ll want to purchase them individually for $380 and $200, respectively, which totals around $580 only for charging. Dell’s got a bundle that contains both accessories and saves you $30, but it’s nonetheless $550 after closing check-out.

Last total comes out to $1,750 (before taxation) to reside without charging cables. Is it worthwhile? Not for me (especially with such a dull design), but possibly for you… if you’re rich and want to spend money on something that you probably don’t need.

In the not too distant future, hopefully all of our apparatus will bill wirelessly. We’ll look back in these primitive days of plugging cables into outlets and battery packs and just laugh and roll our eyes.

We are still a ways off from a really wireless future, however. Sure, some telephones have wireless charging and also this year’s iPhone 8 could also come with wireless charging built in however safe to say you can wait on purchasing a wireless charging laptop for now.

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