The display fastening is the same as is used in other inexpensive models from ASUS. The hinges stick out of the notebook’s body and allow unfolding the notebook by a full 180 degrees and even more as is shown in the photograph below:
The ASUS A8Jp is equipped with a widescreen 14” LCD matrix that has a maximum resolution of 1440x900 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA+). The viewing angles are quite wide both vertically and horizontally. The display has a glassy coating which makes the image more saturated, but also reflects any well-lit object or light source behind your back just like a mirror. So, you have to take care about proper lighting when you sit down to work with this notebook. The matrix is manufactured using ASUS’ Color Shine technology which is the reason for that “glassiness”. ASUS claims that the use of a special polymer coating ensures an exceptional image quality and color saturation, thus resulting in a vivid and colorful image.
The A8Jp also features Splendid Video Enhancement which allows adjusting the onscreen image by switching between preset modes (you can control this technology with a special Splendid button).
The notebook’s display offers 16 grades of brightness, but you can’t use the computer at the lowest brightness settings because it’s virtually impossible to discern anything in the screen then.
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, but it was considerably lowered when the notebook switched to its battery, automatically enabling power-saving technologies. Note that the brightness values are quite acceptable, but the contrast ratio is low:
AC power source:
- 82.9cd/sq.m brightness, 26:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 58.9cd/sq.m brightness, 23:1 contrast ratio
This notebook is equipped with an 87-key black keyboard. The Enter button is shaped like the letter L. The movement keys are on the same level with the keyboard’s baseline, so there’s a higher risk of your pressing them accidentally. The Fn button is located in the bottom left corner, which is not convenient for people who are used to shortcuts like Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V who can accidentally press it instead of Control. 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 vertical column on the right. Pause, Print Screen, Insert and Delete are placed in the same row with the functional keys (you should press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions). The letters are painted white and the functional keys are painted blue.
There is a tiny port of the built-in microphone on the left of the keyboard. It is thus close to the user and cannot be obstructed with anything.