he adjective or adverb "Deluxe
" in the P5W DH title is most definitely apropos where extras are concerned. For those planning to use their PC for home entertainment, movies, music etc. Asus' Digital at Home
was designed with that purpose and others in mind. The P5W DH includes the DH Remote
allowing you to power on/off your PC, play movies or other programs via AP-Launch, control volume, open media in full-screen, mute the volume, use EZ-WiFi while the PC is in sleep mode and much of this can be done from your favorite chair or couch.
While the WiFi features are not powerful enough to transform your home into an Internet Cafe WiFi-AP Solo
you can use Skype, access LAN for gaming via your Laptop and surf the Net. You'll also be able to access printers and other devices all while the PC is in sleep mode.
One of the most interesting features I found on the P5W DH was EZ-Backup
. Essentially Asus has simplified RAID for the End-user so that's it no more complicated then plug and play. All that's required are two identical HDD's and when they are plugged into the orange SATA ports at the base of the board you have instant RAID 1 / RAID 0.
Given the number of features on the P5W DH Asus did a great job paying attention to the smallest details. For example SATA cables included have a 90-degree bend for easy routing. These types of details make a big difference.
Asus describes the P5W DH Deluxe as "...specially designed for Gamers, Personal Workstation, SoHo, high-end and multi-tasking PC users." From the specifications list, the accouterments packaged with the motherboard and the advanced heat-pipe cooling they most certainly have provided the essentials for the board to live up to expectations.