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The instant-launch buttons above the keyboard (the button you turn the notebook on with is on the right of them) include the following:

  • A button to launch ASUS’ exclusive Power4 Gear+ utility which offers several power modes that vary in such parameters as CPU frequency, screen brightness, Windows’ power management scheme, etc. Three Power4 Gear+ modes are available when the notebook is connected to the wall socket and seven when it works on its battery.

                     Power4 Gear+
  • A button to launch your e-mail client
  • An Internet button (launches your Internet browser)
  • Touchpad on/off (you may want to disable the touchpad to avoid accidental presses if you’re using an external mouse).

Right below the instant-launch buttons there is a second group of system indicators:

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

Like the rest of the A6 series, the ASUS A6Q00Jc011 is equipped with a 15.4” matrix with a maximum resolution of 1280x800 and an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The vertical and horizontal viewing angles are not very wide, but will do for normal work. The glassy coating of the display helps make the image more saturated, but also reflects any object that stands in front of the notebook. So you have to take care about proper lighting before you sit down with this notebook to work.

The matrix is manufactured with ASUS’ Color Shine technology. ASUS claims this technology of making “glassy” LCD displays improves image quality and color saturation, thus resulting in a lively and colorful image.

The A6Q00Jc011 offers 16 grades of brightness but you can’t use the computer at the lowest brightness setting because it’s virtually impossible to discern anything in the screen then.

I measured the brightness and contrast of the notebook’s display using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. I selected the highest brightness setting before this test, but it was considerably reduced when the notebook switched to its battery, automatically enabling power-saving mode. The brightness parameter is good, but the contrast ratio is low irrespective of the power source:

AC power source:

  • 132.9cd/sq.m brightness, 36:1 contrast ratio

DC power source:

  • 112.1cd/sq.m brightness, 36:1 contrast ratio

Like other notebooks in this series, the ASUS A6Q00Jc011 has a wide touchpad surrounded with a silvery bezel. The two buttons below work as the mouse’s left and right buttons. The black touch-sensitive area with a scrolling zone on the right is big enough for you to cross the entire width of the screen without taking your finger off it. There is no scrolling joystick here.

The ASUS A6Q00Jc011 has an 89-key black keyboard. The Enter button is shaped classically like the letter L. The movement keys are below the keyboard’s baseline, so there’s a smaller risk of your pressing them accidentally. The left Fn button is located in the bottom left corner, not quite conveniently for people who are used to shortcuts like Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V (Fn may be unintentionally pressed instead of Ctrl). The right Fn is placed above the Right Arrow button. Numeric buttons and three special Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is located above the Left Arrow button; the two Windows key are in the bottom row on both sides of the spacebar. The functional keys are smaller than others; Home, PgUp, PgDn and End make up a vertical column on the right. Pause, Print Screen, Insert and Delete are placed in the same line with the functional keys (press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions).

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