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.