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There’s the first group of system indicators on the left and above the keyboard. It includes (from left to right):

  • Drives activity indicator (it shows that the hard drive or the optical drive is being accessed)
  • Num Lock indicator
  • Caps Lock indicator
  • Scroll Lock indicator

Above this group there is a Turn-On button and a few instant-launch buttons:

  • Internet button (it launches your Internet browser)
  • E-Mail button (launches your e-mail client)
  • Touchpad lock button (you may want to lock the touchpad to avoid accidental touches if you’re using an external mouse)
  • Power4 Gear+ button (it changes the CPU clock rate, screen brightness and Windows power management scheme depending on the load). Three and seven modes are available for AC and DC power sources, respectively:

Power4 Gear+

The second group of indicators and the Audio DJ buttons are placed on the slanted edge of the notebook’s bottom part. The player buttons are covered when the lid is down and you can’t use them without lifting it up. The indicators remain visible when the lid is closed, but not too easily. The Audio DH block includes:

  • CD player button (turns on/off the CD playback mode which doesn’t require that you turn the computer on)
  • Previous track/Volume down (one press on this button plays the current track; two presses play the previous track; holding this button down lowers the sound volume)
  • Next track/Volume up (one press plays the next track; holding this button down increases the sound volume)
  • Stop
  • Play/Pause the CD

The indicator to the right of the player turn-on button shows that the Audio DJ is started.

The second group of indicators includes (from left to right):

  • Power indicator (green when the computer is turned on and blinking when the notebook is in standby mode)
  • Battery indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged; blinking when charge is low)
  • E-mail indicator (blinking when you’ve got new e-mail letters in your inbox; this function requires software setup and supports Microsoft’s e-mail clients)
  • WLAN indicator (blinking when the WLAN adapter is receiving or sending out data packets)

Another difference of this notebook from older A3 series models is that the numerous ports and connectors are not only sufficient for work but are also placed in a convenient way. USB ports are not huddled together on the back panel as they used to be.

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