Dell is spearheading a revolution that could see the laptop charging cord becoming a thing of the past and replaced with a charging mat. But is wirelessly charging a laptop really any more convenient?
Tired of having to plug a cable into your laptop to charge it? Dell’s new 2-in-1 Latitude 7285 brings wireless charging to laptops.
The Latitude 7285 2-in-1 is a hybrid laptop, and one of the optional extras for the device is a wireless-charging keyboard base, which can be used to recharge the device using Dell’s new desktop wireless charging pad (which is Airfuel Alliance certified).
“Given that Dell tools help the world’s brightest minds do their absolute best work, we are committed to driving innovation that brings revolutionary gains in productivity to the enterprise. Innovative IT teams see a future with no wires, including wireless power, as a key step toward improvements in mobility and convenience, WiTricity’s wireless charging technology makes it possible to integrate magnetic resonance in today’s thin, iconic computing products.”
Neil Hand, VP of product strategy and innovation at Dell.
“Dell continues their drive to be first to market with relevant new technology. This collaboration between Dell and WiTricity is making the wireless workplace a reality for customers around the globe, The Dell Latitude 7285 not only enables a more productive working environment but accelerates the establishment of a broader magnetic resonance-powered wireless charging ecosystem for a wide range of devices.”
Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity
The wireless charging keyboard is actually one of three options for the Latitude 7285, with a slim travel keyboard and a productivity keyboard that features a power pack with four hours of battery life (on top of the 6 hours the 2-in-1 itself offers) and features keys with a more desktop-like feel.
The big question is, will a charging pad be any more convenient than a charging cable when it comes to laptops? I guess we’ll find out.
Here’s how it works: the laptop supports a detachable keyboard, and you can opt for either a standard “productivity keyboard” or “wireless charging keyboard.”
If you choose the latter option, then you can drop the keyboard on top of a charging pad without plugging in any wires to top off the battery.
Prices start at $1200 for the laptop, but you’ll have to pay extra for the keyboard, charging mat, or other accessories.
There are actually separate batteries on the keyboard and the laptop. If the laptop is docked to the keyboard base, the charging pad will deliver power first to the laptop and then to the keyboard once the laptop’s battery is full.
Since it’s actually the optional keyboard that supports wireless charging, there’s no way to charge the laptop itself without wires. But you can plug it into a 45-watt USB Type-C adapter to charge the laptop.
Both the productivity keyboard and the wireless charging keyboard feature full-sized, backlit keys.
Dell’s laptop features a 12.3 inch, 2880 x 1920 pixel display and supports up to a Core i7-7Y75 Kaby Lake processor, up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory, and up to 512GB of PCIe/NVMe solid-state storage (or twice as much if you’re willing to sacrifice an internal wireless card).
The Dell Latitude 7285 laptop features a 34 Wh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 720MP front camera, an IR camera with Windows Hello support, two Thunderbold 3/USB Type-C ports, and support for an optional DEll Active Pen (sold separately).
The laptop measures 10.8″ x 8.2″ x 0.28″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds. Add the productivity keyboard and the combined weight goes up to 3 pounds. Dell hasn’t provided weight details for the wireless keyboard yet.
with a detachable keyboard to feature support for wireless charging.
Just place the keyboard on top of the charging pad, and electricity will be delivered to the computer, charging the laptop first, and then the keyboard (they both have their own batteries).