External Video Card for PC Laptops
7:51 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments
ASUSTeK will soon be releasing the XG Station, an external audio and video processor for laptop PCs equipped with an ExpressCard slot. The device will offer up to ten times normal graphics performance, simulated Dolby Digital surround sound for headphones, and USB 2.0 and DVI connectors. Engadget recently posted a report on the XG in action, noting a noticeable impact on game performance when installed on a stock laptop PC.
There is no word yet on whether or not the XG Station will be compatible with Macintosh laptops.
After attaching the external monitor to one of the XG's two DVI connectors, Asus let the gaming demo fly. The stock laptop struggled to keep up with the action with noticeably huge jumps in frames making intense game play a non-starter. The XG-equipped laptop, however, hummed along quite happily. Game play was smooth though a few frames were occasionally dropped. Surround sound is in fact simulated, which is both good and bad: the good is you get pseudo 5.1 surround from any headphones; the bad is you get pseudo 5.1 surround from any headphones. Verdict: the XG Station is ready to game as long as you don't expect it to perform like a dedicated gaming rig.The XG Station is scheduled for release sometime in the second quarter of 2007. Click on the links below to check out a few pictures and learn more about the product.
Engadget: Hands On With The Asus XG Station
XG Station Press Release
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