What you don’t know about Wi-Fi could cost you when you buy a new 2-in-1. If your new device doesn’t include the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to take advantage of incredible new speeds and stability that this new wireless technology offers. 802.11ac boosts speeds up to 3x for streaming, downloading, sharing, and more — but if your new device doesn’t support it, you’ll be heading for cloud connectivity.
Trying to stream a live sporting event or the latest episode of your favorite TV show? If your device only supports 802.11bgn standards, you may be in for some serious buffering and disappointment. Only devices that feature a wireless card supporting the latest 802.11ac standard can take full advantage of speeds up to 3x faster than the 2007 standard, 802.11n. Unfortunately, the 802.11n technology from 2007 is still being included in new devices by many manufacturers, despite the advent of 802.11ac.
Poor Wi-Fi is the Number 1 Complaint in Consumer Reviews
Intel’s recent analysis of consumer reviews shows Wi-Fi issues are the most criticized feature as an interrupter of user activity (58%). Product review stars for new products like 2-in-1s, laptops, and other mobile devices take their biggest hits due to poor Wi-Fi support. The bulk of these complaints are the result of the PC industry’s practice of stuffing cheap, slow, unreliable 802.11bgn Wi-Fi into today’s newest products, and consumers deserve better performance for their bucks.
If you’re shopping for a new 2 in 1, laptop, or tablet, demand it includes 802.11ac. Otherwise, you’re doomed to dongle. To learn more about how you can avoid buying a new device with old Wi-Fi, see this video on identifying what Wi-Fi adapter is inside a Microsoft Windows 8.