With the announcement that certain configurations of its
Envy 15 laptops
with the new USB 3.0 spec, HP is now one of the first computer companies to
offer the fast new technology on its machines.
has been talked about for quite some time, it hasn't been a reality for
that long. As you may recall, USB 3.0 promises speeds that are more than ten
times as fast as USB 2.0. To put this another way, USB 3.0 offers speeds up to
5Gbps, compared to USB 2.0’s 480Mbps. With these types of speed increases,
transferring files (especially large video files) will be completed much more
quickly—1GB of data can be transferred in 3.3 seconds, compared to at least 33
seconds with USB 2.0.
Last week at CES, there were a number of devices announced
that promised USB 3.0, including offerings from companies such as ASUS,
Fujitsu, and Western Digital. Storage manufacturers seem
especially on-board with USB 3.0: LaCie
and many others have already announced USB 3.0 products.
Although numerous USB 3.0 products
have been announced, HP is actually the first company to get a USB 3.0 computer
to market, shipping USB 3.0 on Envy 15 laptops that are configured with
ATI 5380 graphics and a quad-core Intel Core i7
processor. HP plans to offer additional models such as the business-geared
EliteBook with USB 3.0 in the coming weeks.