Apple is yet to deliver its first smartphone with wireless charging, but Dell is already bringing the feature to notebooks. Its new Latitude 7285 is the world’s first 2-in-1 laptop that can be topped up without a cable.
Its sleek design makes the Latitude 7285 an ideal MacBook Pro competitor, but unlike any of Apple’s machines, its display pops off to become a tablet. Buy the right keyboard and you also get wireless charging, negating the need to plug it into anything.
It works just like smartphone wireless charging. In addition to the charging keyboard, you need a special mat that passes power onto the machine’s 34 Wh battery. It’s not yet clear how long a full charge takes, but it’s unlikely to be quick.
Also, bear in mind that like the Surface Pro, the Latitude 7285 comes as a tablet — without a physical keyboard. The “productivity keyboard,” which doesn’t offer wireless charging, costs $250. The charging keyboard with mat is priced at $550.
If you opt for the latter, it takes the starting price of the Latitude 7285 to $1,750. That’s still slightly cheaper than a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and you get comparable specifications, including an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.
Other features include a 720p webcam, an infrared sensor with Windows Hello support, and support for the optional Dell Active Pen (also sold separately).
The MacBook Pro does offer more storage, with the Latitude 7285 delivering just 128GB as standard. Dell’s machine also has a smaller 12.3-inch display (2880×1920), though you will get traditional USB ports alongside USB-C.
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