I have been using a laptop as my main computer for a few years now: part of the allure of the professional blogging gig (besides addressing several ten thousands of readers everyday girded in the smug confidence that comes from knowing that you are naked and they have no idea) is that one can work from anywhere: the office, the toilet, the brothels of Mauretius. It does come with certain small drawbacks though. For me, the small niggling point of using a laptop as a main computer is coming back to the desk and having to slither a thousand electron-bearing tentacles around, plugging them into the appropriate ports. My secondary monitor needs to be plugged in, my speakers need to be plugged in, external hard drives and mouse need to be plugged in. It takes all of thirty seconds. But it grates.
So Kensington’s newest product — the world’s first wireless USB docking station — has me humming and hugging myself. It supports five USB devices as well as a DVI monitor. Get within 15 feet of the transmitter and everything just automatically connects. Magic!
It’s $230, which seems a bit expensive to thwart thirty seconds worth of light inconvenience, but I’ve been known to make more extraneous purchasing decisions. More problematic, at least for me: it only works under Vista. My MacBook Pro jeers and flashes its kilted nethers in your direction, Kensington.
Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station [Kensington]