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Asus Announces NFC-enabled M70 Desktop PC

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Asus is going for a world's first.

Asus has shown off a whole host of laptops this month, but just because IDF and IFA have concluded, doesn't mean Asus is taking a break. The company today announced the M70, a desktop computer that incorporates NFC connectivity. Asus is claiming that this is the world's first desktop PC with NFC. Users will be able to use the Near Field Communication for pairing their PC with Android devices and backing up their photos and videos wirelessly.

 

NFC aside, Asus didn't go into too much details on the specs. We do know that the M70 Desktop PC packs Intel's 4th generation Core-i series of CPUs (i3/i5/i7), and that users can pair this with NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics (up to GTX 650). There's also Asus SonicMaster audio technology, and Asus's Universal Storage Module (USM) hot-swap drive bay. Other than that, we don't have any other information.

The M70 also comes with a Qi wireless charger tray for wirelessly charging your phone and tablet. Users can charge their devices even when their computer is powered down. 

Pricing and availability were not discussed but we'll keep you posted.

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    ikyung , September 14, 2013 9:16 PM
    Nice. All PCs should incorporate this. I guess it makes sense for a Taiwan company to be the first since NFC is actually useful over there in daily lives.
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    audiophillia , September 14, 2013 9:29 PM
    thats a sexy computer case. where do I get one?
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    guvnaguy , September 14, 2013 9:33 PM
    Up to a GTX 650?? Seems a bit lacking in the gaming department...

    But kudos for the NFC and Qi charger
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    boytitan2 , September 14, 2013 10:40 PM
    They really should at least go up to a 650ti boost or 760 on stuff like that for lets say getting a teen or kd who does not know about building and does not need a gaming rig a pc that is also capable of gaming...Ok I am a adult and I just want the case the silver strikes my pretty pretty shiny shiny button.
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    InvalidError , September 14, 2013 11:10 PM
    You won't be doing remotely significant backups over NFC since the transfer speed on it is only ~400kbps. Bluetooth isn't a whole lot better at ~2Mbps unless you go with 3+HS which actually runs over WiFi. So, for remotely large backups, you will likely want to use something that goes over WiFi or USB2/3.

    NFC is mainly intended for tag info and automating setting up alternate communication channels (usually Bluetooth or P2P WiFi) for bigger file transfers.

    So NFC on the desktop does not seem to be particularly useful on the desktop IMO - even less so if your contacts, calendar and other stuff are already sync'd over the cloud or other automated process.
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    beta212 , September 15, 2013 8:32 AM
    It would be great if they could open up more, how different is this from say-plugging in an adapter then writing a driver?
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    g00fysmiley , September 16, 2013 8:54 AM
    plugging in a micro usb cable is hard?
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    InvalidError , September 16, 2013 9:25 AM
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    plugging in a micro usb cable is hard?

    Apparently - the "inconvenience" of plugging in to charge is why we are starting to see wireless charging integrated in nearly all new tablets and phones.
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    The White Knight , November 10, 2013 11:49 AM
    I'm on the phone with Asus right now and they have 0 information on this case despite it being announced almost 2 months ago and having a full fledged product page on their site. I was looking at this for weeks and about to do my build before realizing it's not even out yet and no one has it or has any information whatsoever about it.

    I like Asus products but it really sickens me how little communication there is between the consumer and company. Quit taunting us with mystery and bs, tell us what you have coming and when we can get it. What good is an announcement without a release date? I could care less about a company's next gimmick loaded with planned obsolescence. It's all unnecessary marketing but my frustration mainly stems from the fact I have to now choose an entirely different case after settling on this one.

    Lame.

    -1 Asus