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Kensington wireless USB docking station

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In order to make business laptops more compact and lighter, manufacturers should start thinking of some really creative ideas. If the systems become really small the basic features like multiple USB ports and optical drives might even fall aside. This does not mean that business users don’t need these features but they often have to resort to a USB hub to operate it. The New Kensington wireless USB docking station is however a more elegant and creative solution to these issues which provides flawless connectivity with your external display, speakers, printers and other peripheral devices. Unhappily the USB is still not that extensive on the laptops. The Kensington’s wireless USB docking station is mostly seem on business notebooks like Toshiba Portege R400 and Lenovo ThinkPad X200 or even as an option with computer systems like Dell Inspiron 1525.

The wireless USB docking station of Kensington is quite inconspicuous and it measures about 6.25 by 11.25 inches apart form the 3 inch antenna which should e flipped up when using the device. However according to its wireless capabilities the USB docking station actually seems to be more router like than a laptop dock. There is a power light on its front which turn on after plugging the station, but when connected to the laptop it shines to yellow while orange if disconnected. It also includes a USB port on its front while there are another four at the back including audio and DVI outputs. The Docking system is also designed with mini-USB cable so that you can directly connect it to a laptop.

Throughout the testing the Wireless USB docking system from Kensington proved perfect with most devices like printers, flash drives and monitors. Although the website of Kensington promises you a range of nearly 15 feet it was actually 10 to 13 when tested as the docking station should also be in line of sight to the laptop without any equipments of blocking in the way. However, when testing its data transfer speed a flash drive with 1 GB data was loaded. After directly connecting it to the laptop the docking station was able to transfer all the data in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, but after testing the docking station placing it right besides the laptop the data transfer speed was just 3:11.

One of its features that most users would like is the ability to connect the docking system wirelessly to external monitor. These features come more useful at meeting and presentation rooms where you need the freedom to present from different parts of the room. However, Kensington has readily admitted that this docking station is not designed for multimedia, and it can perfectly handle low quality videos and documents but it is not the right device to stream anything at very high resolutions. However as this wireless USB is still not much common on most laptops, but if you have an UWB-enabled laptop then its expanded features set would be of great importance to you.

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Review

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

If you are familiar with the ThinkPad X300 of last year then there are very few surprises with the new X301 as it is just a Centrino 2 update. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X301 features the same carbon and glass fiber but is would survive a sales drop with its solid state disk. However like all the ThinkPads the system features a dual pointing system which includes joystick and trackpad with right and left mouse buttons for both side and also a middle mouse bottom. However the trackpad of Lenovo is not very satisfying regardless of how high you set its sensitivity.

The keyboard of this system is an effort of evolution which makes it one of the best keyboards to be used on laptops. Through the heritage of IBM, Lenovo has advanced it down to something which offers both a fast speed typing pad with pleasing travel pack. However users might find one annoyance with the F1 key which is moved towards the left in place of Esc key which is above the F1 key, but the keyboard shortcuts users might probably scowl as they constantly hit the F3 rather than F2. Beign a business laptop the shortcut buttons are sparse that include volume down and up, mute button and ThinkVantage buttons. The webcam and the fingerprint reader are fairly standard features but a feather that X301 has over Apple’s MacBook and R600 of Toshiba is its stereo speakers and also includes a great resolution.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is a business based vista OS laptop that includes an Intel Core 2 duo processor that is clocked at 1.4GHz, 64GB, 2GB of RAM, which is although just Intel Integrated graphics that is only from a few things that MacBook has over this laptop. However the ThinkPad X301 is an upgrade to 64-bit vista if you need to upgrade to 4GB of RAM. The DVD+-RW drive is very pleasing which can be turned off to save battery life or even replaced with a secondary battery if needed. The laptop also features gigabit Ethernet connection with 5300AGB wireless adapter of Intel. The screen quality is acceptable but not great although it has a higher resolution than most of the 13.3 inch laptop screens. There are three USB ports designed in X301 one on the rear and two on the left but the lacking of eSATA can be a problem for several users.

You can also turn off the network location manager of Lenovo that pops up annoyingly when you make a new network connection. However the included notification software can also be annoying and the update manager of Lenovo might frequently error out or the servers might fall offline. However the best thing about Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is that it is light and easily portable which features a higher resolution screen. Although the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is an improved notebook in an old chassis, it still has outstanding features that are not still used by Toshiba and Apple. However the only downside users might notice is its very short battery life but if you need an ultra-portable notebook then X301 makes a perfect choice for you.