I went on a field trip this weekend to some big box retailers in search of a new laptop. As the sales person was asking questions and promoting various machines, I asked a simple question: which laptops have 802.11ac Wi-Fi inside? I got the “glassy-eyed” stare. The store tags weren’t any help either nor were there any markings on the machines other than for Intel® Core™ processors. I had recently read a research report that stated poor Wi-Fi is the number one reason consumers are returning 2 in 1 PCs.
X Marks the Spot
I decided to take matters into my own hands by pressing the Windows + X keys to display the Power User Menu, and then selected Device Manager. There under Network adapters was the hidden information I sought, the name of the Wi-Fi adapter inside. I went down the row of laptops from major manufacturers. Most did not include 802.11ac Wi-Fi inside. Instead they had the cheaper, older 802.11n Wi-Fi adapters. Finally, I hit pay dirt. There before me on the screen was the hidden treasure I was seeking an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter: Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265.
Demand 802.11ac Inside Your Next Laptop
So what is the big deal about finding is out if the laptop you are considering purchasing has 802.11ac Wi-Fi? If your new laptop doesn’t include the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to take advantage of incredible 3x faster speeds and stability for your connectivity that this new wireless technology offers. You’ll be doomed to dongle. Learn more about 802.11ac Wi-Fi here.