Anyone have any idea when the UWB and WiMax options will actually be available on the W700? I'm not so focused on WiMax, but I'm actually holding off on an order due to the UWB thing (and thinking about a Dell M6400 instead in the interim).
I actually saw Ultra-Wideband show up in Lenovo's educational configurations for the W700 for only one or two days in the beginning of October. So, at that time, I looked up UWB devices on Amazon, and found only:
http://www.amazon.com/Iogear-GUWH104KIT ... B000UU46W8
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-Certified- ... B000VINUOE
and these, which are slight variations of the same product:
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F5U301-Cab ... B000LP9RQC
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Certified- ... B000UYWTWS
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Wireless-U ... B000WM5HUO
People who bought them said that the useful range was about 7-10 feet. Plus they said that you absolutely have to have an unobstructed line-of-sight between the antennas of the two pieces of equipment that are communicating via UWB. If someone so much as walks between the two, you lose communication.
So, what I'm wondering is, if Amazon basically has only three pieces of equipment that use UWB, and if its operation is so frail, then is it really going to be worthwhile? Plus it constitutes a noise source for other nearby wireless communications.
Regarding WiMAX, I found some documentation from Lenovo saying that you CAN add it to your laptop yourself! Here are the details:
http://www.buy-a-thon.com/reviews/W700- ... .htm#wimax
That's despite the fact that a Lenovo salesperson told me that you can't. BTW, three weeks ago, Lenovo sales told me they'd begin offering WiMAX as a configuration option for the W700 in a couple of weeks.