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The primary input device, the keyboard, is free from any obvious defects:

It’s easy to work with; the buttons are large enough and are not prone to sink down in twos or threes under your fingers. The only problem is that the PgUp and PgDn buttons can be pressed accidentally when you are moving the cursor blindly with the arrow keys.

The cursor-controlling keys are also used to adjust the screen brightness and the sound volume. You can use them with the Fn button in the bottom left corner, however you will not be able to do it with one hand.

There are few additional buttons here:

Three buttons to access frequently used applications (Internet, E-mail, Acer Empowering) and one user-defined button. The Power-On button is located on the opposite side:

It is very small and is surrounded with a protruding circle, so you have to press it with the very tip of your finger. The touchpad is blameless:

The cursor positioning accuracy is high; there are no vertical and horizontal scrolling zones, but you get a 4-position joystick instead (located between the buttons).

So, it’s all good until this moment. I mean until we begin to talk about the notebook’s screen. Acer should definitely think about changing its LCD screen supplier. At least they could have selected a better screen for such a good notebook. The 12.1” widescreen matrix with a resolution of 1280x800 offers a wide range of brightness adjustment with good min and max points. It is free from the clipping effect and its backlighting is uniform, but such parameters as viewing angles, color reproduction, color saturation and response time might be better. Of course, this screen will do nicely for office work, but it is not the best choice for watching movies and reproducing photographs.

 
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