The world of portable high end graphics is still dominated by hefty, brick-like monster laptops but Asus has realised they don’t have to be…
In one of the most sensible announcements of the year so far the prolific laptop maker has shown just how to make (better) use of that idle Express Card slot by filling it with the world’s first ‘External Graphics Card Station’.
Dubbed the ‘XG Station’ (for reasons so obvious you deserve a clip round the head if you can’t work them out), it has a powerful Asus EN7900GS graphics card at its heart which the company claims will deliver up to 9x the performance of Intel’s 945GM integrated graphics.
HDMI connectivity (with HDCP) is covered too and an LCD interface can be toggled to show master speaker volume, GPU clock speed/temperature, real time Frames Per Second information and even GPU fan speed. Furthermore, graphics overclocking can be controlled by using the Station’s ‘ergonomic knob’ allowing performance to be adjusted on the move.
As for audio, this little station of tricks has that up its sleeve too with Dolby Headphone technology capable of delivering 5.1 channel surround sound to any standard pair of headphones. An external monitor can also be hooked up letting the user switch between the notebook screen and an external source.
The XG Station is scheduled to ship in Q2 and while I expect many competing products to rear their heads during that time the kudos always goes to the innovator…