The only current solution for desktop
enthusiasts is to purchase USB
3.0 add on cards, which are relatively inexpensive but require a
free PCI-express slot due to the massive bandwidth capabilities with
the new standard. As we transition into higher resolution
screens and High Definition films, the file sizes that we transfer
are going to keep growing.
For the first time,
though, laptop junkies can get their fix of USB SuperSpeed right now,
thanks to HP's new ENVY 15; the first laptop to officially support
the new Bus. USB 3.0 can move up-to a magnitude greater
data in the same time as the previous generation. More
importantly, USB 3.0 can push data up and down stream
simultaneously. This will allow USB 3.0 users to both copy and
paste to their devices at the same time.
USB 3.0 is
able to pull off these feats with the help of an extra 400 milliamps
of current. The extra current will also be able to drive more
demanding USB peripherals, such has larger external Hard disks.
The added bandwidth will hopefully make USB Blu-Ray drives a reality
for the netbook community.
Electronics, the USB controller manufacturer, is ramping up
production for the first quarter of 2010, Intel has stated that it
will not formally support the new Bus until
2011. Also, Microsoft is rumored to be introducing
new USB 3.0 drivers into Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, as it was not
fully supported from the get-go.
Is it possible
that HP is jumping the gun on their USB 3.0 support? If so, the
HP has at least packed a host of other impressive features into the
new machine. The ENVY supports DX11 gaming capabilities with
the new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 GPU and Intel's mobile i7
quad-core all in one of the world's thinnest laptop chassis.
The notebook also boasts an impressive battery life of 7.5 hrs.
machine retails starting at $1,299. Processor options include
the i5-520M (2.4 GHz, dual core), the i5-540M (2.53 GHz, dual core),
the i7-720QM (1.6 GHz, quad core), and the i7-820QM (1.73 GHz, Quad
Core) (all these processors feature Intel's TurboBoost tech for
faster performance). The system is available with up to 16 GB
of DDR3, and with dual 160 GB SSDs. The monitor also supports
1920x1080 resolutions. A fully loaded model retails for
$3,499.99 -- though we're not quite sure who would spend that much on
a system with less than the best graphics card.