At CES 2007 Windows Vista is being trumpeted everwhere. Part of the new Vista features related to notebooks and Tablet PCs is a technology called SideShow that allows for an external display on your machine to read out information such as email inbox status, IMs, battery level, wireless point range and so on. Here’s a look at a few of the laptops we’ve seen with this.
Toshiba Portege R400
The Toshiba Portege R400 is a notebook to Tablet PC convertible that the company unveiled at the show. On the front of the machine is an LCD area that has system status information such as email inbox count, battery charge level and wireless strength status. We saw the machine and asked Toshiba what kind of battery drain the extra display causes, and according to reps the notebook can stay on for 3-4 days while in standby mode with the SideShow display working before the battery gets drained just from this extra feature. So overall the drain on battery life won’t be too bad for this little yet potentially very helpful auxillary display.
Toshiba R400 SideShow display (view large image)
Vista SideShow in action on the lid of the Asus W5Fe (view large image)
The Asus W5Fe was displayed at CES last year, but never saw the light of day in 2006. However, it is now slated for release in January of 2007. The W5Fe is a 12.1″ screen notebook that has a full SideShow display that even allows you to see news updates within the color display. The unfortunate thing is that the W5Fe has a hump on the top to house the SideShow display.
Asus notebook with Vista SideShow (view larger)
Close up of SideShow in the Asus notebook (view larger)
While the Fujitsu Q2010 has been available for some time as an ultra-portable from Fujitsu, it has not included the SideShow display in past models. However, at CES 2007 Fujitsu has a prototype model that embeds the SideShow display:
No word was available on when Fujitsu would be making this upgrade to the Q2010 available (if ever) but it’s the type of device that makes sense in machine that’s built for on the go work.
LG Z1 SideShow display (view large image)
The LG Z1 won’t be sold in North America, although we wish it were. The Z1 series will be powered by the T5600 (1.83GHz, L2 cache 2MB) Processor and can take up to to 100GB of disk capacity. The LG Z1-P2007 model includes 1GB of RAM and uses the ATI Mobility Radeon X1350 Graphic Card. It also includes a 5-in-1 memory card slot (XD/SD/MMC/MS/MS pro). It will be available in February 2007 for $1,986.914 USD. The lid of the notebook includes the Windows Vista SideShow technology, it’s also a very shiny black lid as you can see by the reflections.