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Asus W5Fe Sports SideShow, Huge Ass

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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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can anyone think of ANY possible useful task that can be done with the outside screen that will justify the huge price tag it's sure to bring? >_>. even the detatchable one with sideshow support was more useful than this...because it could be used as an mp3/video player INDEPENDENTLY of the laptop, otherwise, i doubt many would choose watching or performing tasks on such a small screen when they are literally an inch away from a 17" lcd within >_>.