Toshiba adds WiMax to a handful of its laptops

As WiMax keeps rolling out around the country, more laptops are beginning to feature built-in connectivity. A trio of Satellites and a Portege join the club.

The Toshiba Satellite E205-S1980.
The Toshiba Satellite E205-S1980. Toshiba

In what's sure to be a growing trend in laptops, Toshiba is rolling out WiMax connectivity in several of its fall laptop models, including the Satellite M645, the Satellite A665, the Portege R705, and the Satellite E205. The new WiMAX-ready configurations will go on sale starting September 26.

Though 4G wireless broadband isn't available in all U.S. cities yet, at 54 cities and counting, it's on the rise. It's currently soft-launching here in New York City, a place where good mobile Internet can be extremely handy. However, the costs of 3G and 4G wireless Internet access on devices like laptops still remain higher than most nonbusiness professionals would like to pay.

Here's the question: do you have WiMax in your city, and if so, do you use it? Or, are you happier just seeking out a Wi-Fi hot spot? Sound off below.

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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