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MSI's Mega Player 529 as a SideShow device - Image courtesy

Asus W5Fe with SideShow integrated into disply lid
Windows SideShow to highlight Vista notebooks

We've already seen Asustek's 12.1" SideShow-enabled W5Fe notebook along with Windows Vista Media Center remotes. It comes as no surprise that more SideShow devices are starting to break cover. In the case of the Asustek W5Fe, SideShow allows users to access emails, music and pictures without even turning on the notebook. The information is accessed from a small LCD screen mounted onto the lid of the notebook. Likewise, SideShow-enabled Windows Vista Media Center remotes allow you to access music, video clips and Electronic Program (EPG) information without booting into the Windows.

Windows SideShow takes advantage of PortalPlayer's "Preface" technology. Over 200 development kits using Preface have already been shipped according to Tech-On. The reference kits feature a USB interface, 32MB SDRAM/1GB NAND memory, 320x240 color display and a PP5024 microcontroller.

Some inventive engineers have taken Preface technology to another level by taking an MSI Mega Player 529 media player and integrating into a notebook as a SideShow device. The 1GB Mega Player 529 is originally spec'd to playback MP3 and WMA audio files as well as MJPEG files via its 2.5" display. As a SideShow device, the Mega Player 529 is able to take on some more important roles like viewing email and PowerPoint presentations.

We expect to see more SideShow-enabled devices next week at CES. The feature is expected to add about $40 USD to the cost of a notebook computer and is aimed at notebooks costing $1,500 USD or more.

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By UltimateDeath on 1/1/2007 5:47:30 PM , Rating: 2
It says it will cost about $40 to add this feature. That's one hell of a deal, i'm guessing that just adds the functionality and you have to buy this thingy seperately. Else i'm going to have to get one of those things, i need a new laptop anyway.

RE: $40?
By gilbertj99 on 1/1/2007 7:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
it is of almost no use for pictures emails and videos as the screen is so small, i can only see it being of use if can be attached on cable so that it can be held away from the computer while the computer is in a bag

RE: $40?
By subhajit on 1/2/2007 12:55:32 AM , Rating: 2
Or better, it can be a wireless device and can be charged from the laptop itself. Thus you have the whole laptop storage at your disposal with a little hand held device and access to your media player library.

RE: $40?
By oTAL on 1/1/2007 8:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
Nope... it is embeded into the notebook. It adds ~$40 to the manufacturing cost which is indeed a good value, depending on your particular needs.

RE: $40?
By kkwst2 on 1/1/2007 8:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think that $40 is for the SideShow hadrware/software. But the player in the picture looks to be docked and removable, and would likely add more than $40 in cost.

RE: $40?
By Pandamonium on 1/2/2007 1:01:37 AM , Rating: 3
An additional $40 to the manufacturing cost means an additional $50-150 cost to the consumer.

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