There’s no more space for a touchpad on the LW20 than on the IBM ThinkPad X40, but it is implemented and is rather easy to use:
There is everything you might expect from a normal touchpad like vertical and horizontal scroll zones and high positioning accuracy.
The keyboard is also good, with large Enter and Shift keys and with normal-sized keys on the right. The only drawback of this keyboard is the placement of the Home and End keys:
Although the arrow keys are placed a little below the keyboard’s baseline, these two buttons are going to be a nuisance at blind-typing – it’s just too easy to accidentally press End instead of Right Arrow.
The row of buttons above the keyboard is designed in LG’s traditional way:
Besides the Power-On button, this row includes volume controls, Mute and SRS buttons, the latter turning on a surround sound effect.
The quality of the screen is above average. It offers a wide range of brightness adjustment with a rather high maximum. There are no overbright areas on a black background and the backlighting is uniform. The body color is reproduced naturally in photos; the speed of the matrix is quite high. As for drawbacks, the vertical viewing angle is small and the colors are not very saturated well. The clipping effect can be observed on light areas of an image.
The notebook’s power-saving system has one peculiarity. If you don’t touch the notebook for long, the screen brightness is steadily reduced to the minimum. It’s up to you to decide whether this feature is of any use to you, but it can be set up to your taste or even disabled altogether.
The integrated optical drive is removable:
And it is equipped with a non-standard connector:
At first I thought the manufacturer had provided the option of replacing the optical drive with an additional battery, but I could not find any confirmation to this supposition anywhere. The description of the notebook only mentions a hot-swappable optical drive, but I don’t think the hot swap feature is necessary at all for a compact computer.