ExpressCard slots with Asustek's performance-enhancing XG Station to run (something) like a legit gaming machine. Between our own first impressions and Asustek's newly loosed set of deets, this external GPU should give laptops a sufficient boost, as they'll be bundled with a varied selection of ASUS PCIe graphics cards -- barebones enclosures aren't an option. Aside from the heightened graphical processing and Dolby Headphone-supported simulated 5.1 surround, the XG Station's sizeable screen displays vital system info including the system's master volume, GPU clock speed, current GPU temperature, Dolby Headphone feature status, current actual Frames Per Second (FPS) information, and GPU fan speed Indicator. You can also tweak GPU core overclocking with the hard-to-miss control knob. Pricing on XG-specific graphics cards and XG Station bundles are still unknown, but units are planned ship soon to OEMs and channel partners, with availability to eligible customers sometime next month.
[Via Notebook Review]