Exterior Design and Ergonomics
The appearance of the G2Pb puts it apart from the rest of ASUS’ numerous notebook models. The lid and the area under your wrists are made from an aluminum alloy. This prevents the notebook from getting soiled with your fingers as well as from acquiring scratches, etc. A manufacturer logo sits proudly in the middle of the lid. The side panels and the back part of the notebook are made from a black “reinforced” plastic.
The black display lock is designed like a push button in the middle of the front edge of the notebook’s lid. The notebook won’t open up on your touching the button accidentally thanks to the stiff springs in the display hinges. Besides just pushing the button, you have to apply some effort to lift the lid up.
The display fastening is the same as is used in other inexpensive models from ASUS. The hinges stick out from the notebook’s body (there are an unusual three hinges here instead of just two) and allow unfolding the notebook by a full 180 degrees and even more as is shown in the photograph below:
The decorative caps on the ends of the hinges add more gaming spirit to the appearance of the ASUS G2Pb.
The color scheme is nearly black inside with a bright spot of the piece of aluminum under your hands together with the touchpad buttons. The frame around the touch-sensitive panel is aluminum, too. The rest of the notebook’s body, except for the narrow black side panels, is made from patterned plastic with a glossy coating that attracts dust and dirty fingerprints. The included napkin may prove helpful for cleaning not only the LCD panel, but the notebook’s body as well.
There are rubber pads scattered along the black screen bezel for a softer contact with the notebook’s body when the lid is closed. Centered below the screen is a chrome logo of ASUS. Above the screen there is a 1.3-megapixel web-camera with an activity indicator. It is designed in ASUS’ traditional style as an oblong window with the red color of the gaming series and an imitation grid that hides a built-in microphone.
More and somewhat larger red grids are located on the notebook’s body on both sides of the keyboard. These conceal one of the two pairs of stereo speakers.