Asus M70 is the first desktop tower with integrated NFC

By on September 16, 2013, 5:00 PM

Asus over the weekend unveiled the M70 PC which they claim is the world’s first NFC-equipped desktop tower. The machine also comes equipped with Qi wireless technology that will let you charge a compatible smartphone or tablet simply by resting the device on top of the tower – a feature that works even with the computer is powered down.

The company didn’t go into great detail on the new machine but we do know it’s equipped with your choice of Intel’s fourth generation Haswell Core-i series CPU (i3,i5,i7). The system can also be paired with a discrete Nvidia graphics card (up to a GTX 650), Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Asus’ Universal Storage Module (USM) hot-swap drive bay.

In the event you are perfectly happy with your current desktop but are still interested in NFC, Asus has you covered with their NFC Express dongle. This $40 accessory was released last month and offers features similar to the M70 PC although do note that it only works with a handful of Asus boards.

With the NFC Express software on the M70, Asus claims you can log into Windows 8, quick launch chosen applications and automatically back up your Android device’s photos and videos. Of course, one could argue that NFC on a desktop is pretty pointless, especially when you consider the technology hasn’t exactly taken off in the mobile space as most believed it would.

Pricing and availability of the M70 hasn’t been announced thus far.




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Steve Steve said:

Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 are equipped with NFC. NFC stands for "Near Field Communication" and is the term given to the transfer of data over very short distances. The article probably should have mentioned that much

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

What is NFC?

NFC = Near field communication

Adopted in 2004 Tech

Set of short-range wireless technologies

Low-speed connection with extremely simple setup

Allowing two-way communication between endpoints

Operates at 13.56MHz

Rates arevfrom 106 kb to 424 kb

Enable Bluetooth on both devices, instantly pair them, and disable Bluetooth once complete automatically on both devices

So if you have smartphones, or anything that can use bluetooth then NFC is your friend.

Railman said:

Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 are equipped with NFC. NFC stands for "Near Field Communication" and is the term given to the transfer of data over very short distances. The article probably should have mentioned that much

Another means for Government agencies to snoop on your data?

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Steve Steve said:

Another means for Government agencies to snoop on your data?

LOL you might notice a government spy placing his phone on top of yours. When I said "very short distances" that's exactly what I meant. It would be an infective means of gathering data

Railman said:

Another means for Government agencies to snoop on your data?

LOL you might notice a government spy placing his phone on top of yours. When I said "very short distances" that's exactly what I meant. It would be an infective means of gathering data

Glad to see you understand my joke. Dare say it will be used in a TV spy plot.

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Steve Steve said:

Ohh it was a joke, next time stick up the sarcasm sign I like your idea for a TV show though.

Arris Arris said:

I like the integrated QI charger more than the NFC.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

NFC? Haha if you want to share data with someone else, just bump your towers together. xD

1 person liked this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Funny - look what my buddy bought and gave to me 2 days ago -

A really neat thing is that the phone knows when it's being charged wirelessly and puts a message up on the screen saying so.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Wow...that is most cool.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It would't surprise me if next gen mobo's incorporate NFC as standard on a lot of their products. AFAIK NFC isn't even implemented on the latest gen smartphones over here so I'm in no hurry to adopt.

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