NFC Express is meant to be used with the latest Z87 chipset motherboards from ASUS as its software will only support its motherboard. Today, we try to take a look at the NFC Express device and determine if it is really locked to the motherboard and not for other device.
|USB 3.0 Hub providing 2 x USB 3.0 Ports|
|NFC Tag bundled with NFC Express|
Within the driver CD found inside the package was the NFC Express software which is deployed under ASUS the usual AI SUITE for ASUS motherboard. As AI SUITE checks for the motherboard model, you will not be able to install this software if you do not use it with an ASUS motherboard. This means that the features mentioned on the box and which I am going to explore now will only be available if you own a ASUS motherboard compatible with NFC Express.
Firstly, NFC Express allows you to log in to Windows 8 securely with your NFC Tag. It may not only be the NFC tag which ASUS provided in the box, but it can also be your smartphone or any other NFC tags that can be purchased cheaply over the counters in major electronic and computer stores.
For features and applications that are to be used with an Android smartphone, the application called “WiFi-Go! & NFC Remote” should be downloaded from the play store.
|4 main features which are enabled on Android|
|Different profiles for Quick Launch|
Thirdly, Photo Express allows your to sync your photos between devices simply by the pairing of the devices via an NFC tap. Once the receiver detects the NFC device, the application will respond and you can simply tap on the screen to enable photo exchanges.
What we felt
We were glad that the drivers will install on any other machines as long as it is running Windows 8. However, if you are not using a ASUS motherboard, then the features which ASUS bundled with the product will be unuseable. Standard Windows 8 functionalities for NFC devices are still useable and applications that uses NFC will still work. This gives us a huge relief as developers can now purchase the NFC Express for cheap and develop NFC applications for the future easily. We have tried WinJS NFC API for Windows 8 and it works well with NFC Express, allowing us to problematically write and read tags.