Fingerprint readers now an upgrade option on select Dell laptops

February 6, 2017 - 

Dell’s XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops are now being sold with a $25 upgrade option for a fingerprint reader that is compatible with Windows Hello, according to a report in Laptopmag.com.

Windows Hello, a key biometric authentication feature of Windows 10, enables people to use their face, iris or fingerprint biometrics to unlock and gain access to Windows 10 devices. Users just need to look or touch to sign into the Windows device using the technology that Microsoft says is safer than traditional passwords.

The option is available on all versions of the XPS 13 and XPS 15, including entry level models.

Mspoweruser noted that the fingerprint readers could be used, in the future, to make purchases at online stores once Microsoft rolls out their web payment service.

In a blog post last month Microsoft revealed that there are as many as 100 biometrics-enabled Windows devices and accessories across all platforms that take advantage of the password-free security benefits of Windows Hello.

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