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The cover-mounted external display, SideShow, makes its debut in Asus's 12" W5Fe notebook, which sports Vista from the get-go to support SideShow. It actually runs off of an independent operating system which can be fired up without turning on the rest of the notebook, and while it's ostensibly for displaying info on the go, it also provides opportunities to screw around without committing to a full-blown notebook setup, given that it can be used to play Solitaire and other simple distractions. Of course, you still have to pull the notebook out of your bag, so we're not sure exactly how useful it is.

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