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HP ships one of the first USB 3.0 PCs

updated 09:50 am EST, Thu January 14, 2010

HP Envy 15 gets USB 3.0 in certain configs

HP today claimed a pioneering role in the PC business as one of the first to ship a computer with native USB 3.0 ports. Certain trim levels of the Envy 15 quad-core notebook will carry the technology and support much faster transfers of up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is already being used for hard drives from LaCie and Western Digital and should be particularly useful for SSDs that are often bottlenecked by USB 2.0.

Alongside the added speed, USB 3.0 also delivers more power over the bus and should both reduce the need for AC adapters as well as let some devices charge much faster than they could before. Any price changes that come with the faster USB haven't been mentioned, though the controller hardware is still rare so far and may cost a premium. HP is expected to provide similar treatment for its EliteBook line within the next two weeks.

Adoption of USB 3.0 is expected to be slow among most PC builders as Intel doesn't yet have a USB 3.0-native chipset of its own, leaving most companies to use custom controllers from NEC and others to deliver the extra speed. [via PCWorld]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. macemoneta

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    What about the other, better ports?

    No SATA-3? No Firewire-3200? Both are better than USB 3.0, and available from other manufacturers.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Good lord...

    Could they make it look any more like a MacBook Pro?

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    They are not better

    SATA-3 has no external specification (currently), and Firewire-3200 is *not* faster than USB-3, and like USB-3 doesn't have any major chipset support. Unlike USB-3, however, it never will.

  1. Tony850

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    no joke...

    Wow they really did copy Apple on design here.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: better ports

    No SATA-3? No Firewire-3200? Both are better than USB 3.0, and available from other manufacturers.

    It has an eSATA slot, which many notebooks are getting (well, PC notebooks).

    But, please, tell us, who in the h*** is offering Firewire 3200 on their computers? Or, really, on any consumer product? Maybe some $100,000 piece of audio equipment, but most people will never see a Firewire device, let alone one that goes past 800.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    mac copy

    yeah the hp logo is round now? HP introduces the all new AnjouBook.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    ...

    by the way I patent AnjouBook. just for the record

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