The display hinges stand out from the notebook’s body and you can unfold the notebook by more than 180 degrees even.
The TravelMate 6463WLMi is equipped with a 15.4” LCD matrix that has a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The viewing angles are quite wide both vertically and horizontally. The display features Acer GridVista technology for organizing multiple windows on the Desktop. The display lacks a “glassy” glare-type coating, so you don’t have to worry about ambient lighting when you sit down to work with this notebook.
We measured the brightness and contrast of the notebook’s display using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. We selected the highest brightness setting before this test and it remained almost unchanged when the notebook switched to its battery. The contrast ratio didn’t change, either:
AC power source:
- 119.3cd/sq.m brightness, 53:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 118.1cd/sq.m brightness, 53:1 contrast ratio
This notebook’s 88-key keyboard resembles the one of the Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi and features Acer’s characteristic “smile” with a 5-degree curve to reduce your hand strain. This design is arguable, yet we find it quite acceptable. The keys move quietly and softly and do not rattle. The cursor movement keys are shifted below the keyboard’s baseline, reducing the risk of your pressing them accidentally.
Euro and dollar signs are placed above the Arrow Right and Arrow Left buttons – this is another special trait of Acer’s keyboards. The Fn button is located in the bottom left corner, second after the Control. This should be convenient for people who are used to shortcuts involving the Control key. Numeric buttons and two Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is placed over one key to the right of the spacebar; the Windows Logo key is over one key to the left of the spacebar. The functional keys are smaller than others. Home, PgUp, PgDn and End make up a column on the right. Num Lock, Screen Lock, Print Screen, Pause, Insert and Delete are placed in the same row with the functional keys – the first two of them are even combined with F11 and F12, respectively. The letters are painted white and the functional keys are painted blue (you should press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions).
There is a green knob between the G, H and B keys. This is a Fine Track – one more pointing device in addition to the touchpad. The knob itself is for moving the pointer around on the screen. The two small buttons marked with green lines and located below the keyboard accompany this knob, performing the functions of the ordinary mouse’s left and right buttons.
Between these two green-marked buttons there is a fingerprint scanner and below them there is a touchpad. The black touch-sensitive panel is sunken a little into the notebook’s case and is framed into a silvery bezel so that your finger wouldn’t stray outside. The two buttons below replace the left and right buttons of the mouse. Between them there is a four-position joystick for scrolling text. It is silver like the rest of the touchpad.
On the right, above the keyboard, there is a block of instant-launch buttons together with more system indicators and a Power button. These include (from left to right):
- E-mail client launch
- Web-browser launch
- User-defined button
- Button to launch Acer Empowering Technology
- HDD activity indicator
- Caps Lock indicator
- Num Lock indicator
- Power button
The instant-launch buttons can be reprogrammed by the user in the Acer Startup Manager.
The hole of the integrated microphone is near the Fn key.
Two rather sonorous speakers are placed symmetrically on the left and right of the notebook’s body. They are close to the user and are hidden by the lid when the lid is down.