Design and Ergonomics
This notebook differs from the others in having rather large dimensions for a portable device, but this allowed the manufacturer to rig this model up in the best fashion. The distinguishing feature of the ASUS W5G00A is the camera above the screen. The case is otherwise designed in ASUS’ classic style: a dark-gray case with light-gray inserts and a keyboard made of black translucent plastic.
The battery protruding at the rear panel of the case clashes with the overall elegance of the case, but this is the only way to keep the battery life for such an advanced configuration within reasonable limits. The smooth but strict lines of the case combine with various small details to create the image of a business-class machine.
The lid can be opened up by 180 degrees which may be useful in cramped working environments (in a plane or a car, for example). Inside, everything is well thought-out and functional. An easy-to-use touchpad with a metal bezel that transitions into the buttons is located below the center of the keyboard’s alphabetic part; its sensitivity and additional functionality (double click, scrolling zones) can be adjusted to suit the individual user.
The keyboard is standard enough. The alphabetic keys are the normal size; a few keys in the right part of the keyboard are smaller. The “Fn” button (used for keyboard shortcuts) occupies the usual place of a Ctrl key in the bottom left corner. The layout is otherwise typical, so you won’t have to adjust yourself for touch-typing (all touch-typing people should know how hard it is to get accustomed to any changes in the layout).
The bottom of the case is almost flat. The feet with rubber caps protect the panel from getting scratched even when the battery is not installed (unlike on the ASUS M5200A). The removable covers give you access to the hard drive, processor, memory slot, and even to the mini-PCI expansion card. Vent openings are scattered on the entire bottom panel, so you can’t accidentally block the cooling system by putting the notebook on your laps.