Feeds
70%
asus W5Fe Windows Vista laptop

Asus W5Fe Windows Vista laptop

Asus has produced the first laptop with a Windows Vista SideShow screen

Security for virtualized datacentres

Review We already teased you not too long ago about the Asus W5Fe and now we’ve got our hands on an engineering sample of this innovative, compact Windows Vista laptop and an opportunity to put it through its paces.

Asus has produced the first laptop in the world that makes use of Windows Vista SideShow to support a secondary screen in the lid. This is a 2.8in screen with a QVGA resolution of 320x240, just like any number of mobile phones that are on the market. The lid of the Asus also holds 1GB of flash memory which stores a cut-down Operating System that powers SideShow and which also links to the main Vista Operating System.

asus W5Fe Windows Vista laptop

You can use SideShow to play music or games such as Solitaire (remember, you’re limited by a tiny screen) but more usefully you can also check email and your calendar. There’s an On/Off switch next to the screen along with navigation controls so you have no need to open the lid of the laptop to use SideShow. If you choose to open the lid the image on the SideShow screen flips over in order to remain the right way up.

SideShow operates when Vista is shut down to save battery life, but it will wake Vista every so often to synchronise data and to keep the music flowing. Asus pointed out to us that on this engineering sample the headphone socket is only turned on when the main notebook itself is powered up. It’s a safe bet that this will be fixed in production units.

The software behind SideShow uses the Gadgets that appear in the Vista Sidebar so you can pick and choose which content uses SideShow. You can also opt to allow parts of Office 2007 to use the screen and no doubt software developers will shower us with SideShow plug-ins and apps over the coming months and years.

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.