INTEL -- Assuming people coming here in search of "why I need a new laptop" will want to find justification for buying kit with the Centrino chip, I can offer the justification: productivity through Wi-Fi.
I learned about Wi-Fi mesh technologies when visiting TSSG last year and its developments continue evolving. "Companies are getting very excited about mesh technologies like WiMax," says Trevor Brignall from Cap Gemini in London. WiMax is an industry coalition whose members advance IEEE 802.16 standards for broadband wireless access networks. WiMax has a range of around 30 miles. It allows Wi-Fi signals to hop across various access points until it hits a network, which makes it easy for large Wi-Fi areas. It could bring broadband Internet access to rural areas where it is not economically feasible to create a wired network.