ASUS announces SideShow notebook

The Asustek W5Fe has been officially announced by ASUS as the world's first SideShow-enabled notebook. Thanks to an extra "bulge" on its 12.1" widescreen lid, it sports a 2.8" SideShow QVGA auxiliary display and 1GB of NAND flash.

According to Asustek, the SideShow display can be used to track meeting schedules, phone numbers and emails but can equally be used to play games, view photos and listen to music. Disregarding the extra display, the notebook runs on an 945GM Express chipset and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The W5FE supports up to 1.5GB of DDR2 memory, SATA hard drives up 160GB as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and 802.11a/b/g connectivity options.

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News source: DailyTech

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mattrobs said,
On the aesthetics side, that's a huge bulge!

It looks huge, but the laptop is tiny. It's just a matter of perspective.

watched a video about his ages ago on MSDN Channel9

They had a beta hardware design of this but I see no use for it really meah

When they said "play games", they meant stuff like Minesweeper. This laptop is obviously meant to be portable (come on, it has a 12" screen), which means the emphasis is on people who need to travel and stay in constant contact with their company: Low weight, long battery life, and the ability to display information in realtime. Good for Asus if this means one less electronic item to carry around.

The G* systems are made for gaming.

I agree...

I enjoy tech and tech toys just as much as the next guy, however this is just not doing it for me. Maybe in a few years it will become something better, but I can get all of the same info from my smartphone in a smaller unit.

Hmmm I dunno..

Can't we keep the Business stuff in our PDA, or PDA Style phone... i.e. PPC-6700, or a Treo 700 or 700wx...

And leave the gaming to a gaming system...

BTW.... gaming a 945GM Intel Graphics Controller... Ok...

Just seems like a gimmick to me.. or a very narrow target of users...

Or, it could be just the start...if you already have the laptop with you, might be nice to just do some basic things without booting the whole thing up

The Sideshow device is a separate device from the main laptop components (based on a PortalPlayer SoC). It uses a built in LCD controller which comes nowhere close to even a 945GM.