CES is over, but our coverage is not. ASUS unveiled so many great products this year, that we are going to sum them up in their own article. The bonus is that there were not only one or two products that really stood out, but many.
There’s no doubt that ASUS had more than one cool product showcased, but one of the most popular would have to be the XG Station. This is a laptop device designed for use with an express port. It essentially upgrades your graphics card so that you can enjoy high-quality and high-FPS gameplay instead of suffering with the small card your laptop may have.
That’s not all. You can also use headphones to plug directly into the device for Dolby sound and even overclock on the fly using the front knob. As you will see from the photos, the GUI is slick looking and has the goal of providing relevant information. The only downside would have to be the fact that you will require an external monitor. You cannot expect to play with higher FPS on the laptops screen.
The first version will include the EN7900GS but may support other GPUs in the future. Cards such as the 8800GTX cannot be used thanks to the size and heat dissipation. Again, in order to use the XG Station, your laptop requires an express port. If you have an older laptop, you will not likely have one.
We’ve heard rumors about it for the past few months and ASUS finally had it on display for everyone to see. The W5Fe Sideshow notebook is the first on the market to support the feature, which is coincides with Windows Vista. That said, you cannot purchase this notebook now, but will be able to once Vista is launched later this month.
System specs aside, the Sideshow is a small screen on the top cover of the notebook that displays various information. It’s GUI is designed like that of Vista, so you know what to expect there. The Sideshow does not require your laptop to be turned on, which saves on battery life. With the screen, you can check your e-mails, listen to music, check the date, et cetera.
Essentially, you will be able to perform simple tasks without ever booting up. From what I’ve seen, I have high hopes for a successful future. I have ideas flowing around my head in regards to future revisions, but I want to use the feature for more than five minutes before giving my ultimate thoughts.
For the ladies and pimps out there, ASUS unveiled the newest version to their leather line-up, the pink S6F. It weighs in at 3.6lbs and will retail for around $2,399.
Included is an 11.1″ monitor capable of 1366×768 resolution, 120GB HDD, Intel L2400 and is bluetooth enabled. This is obviously marketed to those who are into fashionable tech toys and of course, pimps.