Asus' W5x notebooks have been around for quite some time
now. The W5A featured Pentium-M processors while the W5F brought things up to
date with the Core Duo processor. Now we're seeing yet another transformation
for Asus' 12.1" notebook model lineup. The new W5Fe
incorporates a second display on its LCD lid as a part of Intel's original "Newport"
The system which is now featured in Windows Vista as
Sideshow" was developed by PortalPlayer. According to PortalPlayer's website, you can do the
following while your laptop is turned off or in hibernation mode:
More importantly, PortalPlayer claims that "It can run
for hundreds of hours without draining your notebook battery." It sounds
like promising technology indeed, but the costs to implement this technology in
notebooks can't be cheap.
There were prototypes of this technology displayed at CES
2006 in Las Vegas, but with the impending release of Windows Vista, it looks as
though we may be seeing more of these notebooks entering production.