The Killer 1102 Wireless-N network card is a great addition to OEMs’ offerings. Alienware, AVADirect, Cyberpower, iBUYPOWER, Maingear, Mythlogic, ORIGIN PC, Sager, V-Machine, Velocity Micro, and a host of other OEMs and ODMs have all signed up to carry the Killer Wireless-N line on their high-end gaming offerings in 2011 and 2012.
Bigfoot Networks currently has no publicly stated plans to ship a retail version of the card. I think there’s a market for it, but it may be limited — gaming laptops have a short lifespan. However, as one of the few truly replaceable parts of a laptop, the prospect of a performance-enhancing wireless card may appeal to frugal gamers looking to eke out a little more life and performance from their aging gaming laptop.
It’s no surprise to us the results of the tests. The Killer NIC family is designed for gaming and raw throughput, and in those tests it excels.
We highly recommend considering a laptop with a Killer Wireless-N card for your next gaming laptop purchase.
P.S. Check out our review of the Killer 2100 gaming network card and the Gigabyte G1 Assassin Intel X58 motherboard, which includes a Killer E2100 embedded NIC. You can also check out all of our coverage of Bigfoot Networks.
P.P.S. A big congratulations to Bigfoot Networks is in order, as it was in late August acquired by Qualcomm Atheros. Qualcomm Atheros is a subsidiary of Qualcomm.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.