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Trust Asus to come up with something innovative. They’ve managed to piece together the “World’s First SideShow Laptop,” the Asus W5Fe. Wow! A SideShow Laptop you say! But how do you know a SideShow Laptop when you see one? Voila…
In the words of the manufacturer:
SideShow is an independent operating system that can be switched on without booting up the whole system. With embedded flash memory, users can save selected data to SideShow, in the form of text, image, and audio, for later review. The external system is well synchronized with the main operating system that users can set for automatic outlook (emails, calendar and meeting appointments) update when the main system is powered on for swift refresh to ensure data consistency.
The W5Fe’s auxiliary display is a short cut to viewing a wide range of information, including meeting schedules, phone numbers, addresses, and recent e-mail messages. This comes as a very handy tool when, for instance, one needs to take a quick look at the meeting agenda in a crowded elevator. On the entertainment front, the outer display can be used to view photos, play music, and games such as Solitaire. In addition, SideShow can even act as the mobile navigation device and guide the way with map display!
I don’t know about much about using laptops in crowded elevators, but the W5Fe would certainly be of great use during all those classes where the professor forbids us from laying as much as a finger on our laptops. If ASUS could provide a teeny-weeny QWERTY keyboard below the screen and Yahoo! a special version of Yahoo! Messenger, it would be akin to nirvana. I am sure we’ll find innovative uses for the SideShow. Can you think of any?
Packed into the W5Fe are:
- Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
- Intel Core2 Duo Processors T7600/T7400/T7200/T5600/T5500
- Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset
- Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
- DDR2 533/667 MHz, up to 1536 MB
- 12.1″ WXGA Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
- SATA 80/120/160 GB
- 1.3M pixel web-camera
- 802.11a/b/g, BluetoothV2.0+EDR
- 3x USB, 1x TV-Out, 1x Card-Reader, 1x Express Card, 1x VGA
- 30.5 x 22 x 3.1cm, 1.7kg (3-cell battery pack)
SideShow Auxiliary Display
- Display: 2.8″ QVGA TFT LCD
- Flash: 1G NAND Flash
Good enough computing power and features for your daily needs.
Overall, a cool product from the Asus stables and one I would love to get my hands on. But I have no clue when we’ll see it in India.
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