The rear panel has no connectors just because there is no place left to put them in – the battery module occupies most of the available space.
The Power On button is placed under the screen, in the center, so you can’t press it accidentally.
A pointing stick is the default pointing device on this computer. If you haven’t worked with one, you’ll need some time to get used to it and to find an optimal sensitivity. Many users prefer an external mouse, and the right-handed user is going to feel no discomfort with the Libretto as the hot air from the cooling system is exhausted leftwards.
A fingerprint scanner is located next to the pointing stick. You may have already met such authentication gadgets. If not, be aware that the scanner may get your fingerprint wrong if your fingers are moist or dirty. Such mistakes occur seldom, but are quite irritating nonetheless, so you may want to disable this protection system altogether unless you do fear your sub-notebook can be stolen.
The screen has 7.2 inches in diagonal which is rather strange as the size of the lid is full 9 inches and the native resolution of the screen is a whopping 1280x768! No wonder everything looks tiny on it unless you enable the large icons/large fonts mode.
The image quality is high. Darkest or lightest colors don’t merge into one, so you can always discern the darkest or lightest details of the onscreen image. There are no blatant errors in color reproduction; the skin color looks natural. Smooth color gradients are reproduced with hardly noticeable gradations, but without color or brightness noise. The maximum and minimum brightness of white is 194cd/sq.m and 5cd/sq.m, respectively. The uniformity of the screen backlighting as measured by the ANSI/IEC methodology is no worse than 86% which is a very good result for a notebook. The screen brightness can be set to one of 8 levels you can choose with appropriate hot keys. The viewing angles are rather wide (except when you’re looking at the screen from below), so there’s more than one appropriate position for your head before the screen. The matrix is quite fast subjectively – the “ghosting” effect isn’t conspicuous and doesn’t lead to loss of detail or distortion of color in a moving object. The screen has a special mirror coating that makes the colors lush and saturated, but the reflection of your own face on the screen may be distracting at times.
The keys are smaller than on ordinary keyboards. So even if you have the touch-typing skill, you won’t be able to type in text quickly and easily on this notebook. I personally found the non-standard placement of the auxiliary keys (like Del, Home and End) inconvenient.