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CES 2017: Dell brings wireless charging to laptops with the Latitude 7285

Dell cuts the power cord on its new wireless charging 2-in-1 laptop. Here's how it could benefit business users.

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The Dell Latitude 7285.

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Dell debuted the world's first wireless charging 2-in-1 laptop, the Latitude 7285, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday. If you like the wireless charging feature in certain Android phones, this may be the laptop for you.

Dubbing it "the ultimate 'no wires' experience" in a press release, the Latitude 7285 incorporates WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging technology. The machine's charging mat and wireless dock allows users to take it with them on the go, without any wires or a physical dock. It is also AirFuel certified.

When a user returns and sets the Latitude on the charging mat, it automatically begins charging and reconnects to the wireless dock.

"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," said Neil Hand, vice president of product strategy and innovation at Dell, in another press release from WiTricity. "WiTricity's wireless charging technology makes it possible to integrate magnetic resonance in today's thin, iconic computing products."

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The wireless laptops make sense for enterprises with growing teams, small office spaces, and an increasingly mobile workforce, the WiTricity release stated. As employees depend on a growing number of personal devices that require charging, getting rid of the laptop power cord can be a boon for business users.

WiTricity demoed its wireless charging technology at CES 2016. While the company didn't reveal which manufacturers were adopting the tech at the time, Dell's corporate logo was featured on the prototype charging pad, foreshadowing this year's announcement. The Dell wireless charging laptops made an appearance at WiTricity's show suite at Computex 2016 in June, CNET reported, though the specific model was not yet announced.

The Latitude is positioned to compete with other 2-in-1s, such as the Microsoft Surface and the Lenovo Flex. Though as CNET noted, the tablet portion of this Latitude version connects to a more traditional keyboard dock, so when the two parts are together, it looks more like a traditional laptop than a 2-in-1.

The Latitude 7285 will be available later in 2017. Dell will provide more information about the laptop and wireless charging at Dell EMC World in May.

Dell announced a number of other new products at CES 2017, including the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor, the Dell Precision 7720 VR-ready mobile workstation. The company also revealed an upgraded line of XPS, Inspiron, and Alienware consumer devices and OptiPlex, Latitude, and Precision commercial products.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Dell unveiled the world's first wireless charging 2-in-1 laptop, the Latitude 7285, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday.
  2. The machine is AirFuel certified, and incorporates WiTricity wireless charging technology via a charging mat and wireless dock.
  3. The Latitude 7285 will be available later in 2017.

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About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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