ASUS had one of the better stands at the Unveiled session this afternoon and the W5fe was one of the first things to catch my eye. It is an enhanced version of the already successful W5, optimised for Vista and with the addition of a nifty ‘auxiliary display’ running Vista’s SideShow on the outside edge.
This is simply a 2.8” LCD with four directional buttons along with a few others that let you navigate through a few basic functions without opening up the laptop properly. Certainly there’s a lot of potential in the idea, and the guy at the stand spent so long talking us through it we barely got to see what the laptop looked like open. Currently you’ve got a few media functions which I’m fairly certain will let you load up and listen to your tunes without wasting too much of your battery.
Other functions take the idea even further – you’ll appernetly be able to look at photos, play mini games like Solitaire, check appointments and have it act as a navigator for you. Very little of which had actually been implemented in the demo version, but I’ve no doubt there’ll be more on the horizon and homebrewers will surely be able to have a lot of fun with it – big respect to the first person to OS X running in the SideShow screen.
Other specs include:
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
– 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, Bluetooth V2.0+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