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Design and Ergonomics

One look at the Aspire 9303WSMi is enough to identify the family traits of the series. It has a light-silver case with a manufacturer logo in the lid’s left corner closest to the user.

The edges are rounded, making this not-very-small notebook seem light visually. You can see a color sandwich typical of Acer notebooks here. The black display bezel goes out onto the exterior part of the lid, dividing it in two halves almost. The notebook’s body is black with small silver inserts.

Traditionally for Acer, there are frequently used connectors and status indicators (visible irrespective of the position of the lid) in the center of the notebook’s front part (from left to right):

  • Line audio input
  • Microphone input
  • Digital S/PDIF output (headphones output)
  • Power indicator
  • Battery indicator
  • Bluetooth indicator (this indicator doesn’t make sense since our configuration of the notebook lacks a Bluetooth interface)
  • WLAN indicator

The display lock consists of two sliders that move as one. So, it’s not a problem to open the lid with one hand only.

The color scheme changes inside. The exterior is all light and silver, but here it is only the area under your hands, from the keyboard to the notebook’s front edge, that is painted that color. The rest is black. There are rubber pads on the screen bezel for softer contact with the notebook’s body.

Centered at the top of the bezel is a 0.31-megapixel web-camera Acer Orbicam. Its ergonomic design allows turning it around by 225 degrees. The camera can capture images at an angle up to 45 degrees.

 
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