Exterior Design and Ergonomics
The G70S has a distinguishable individuality. It does not resemble any other model from ASUS’s notebook family. It has a sleeker case than the G2. Even the highlights in the sides of the lid are rounded off. The highlighting LEDs are numerous but their color is not aggressive as in the G2. Instead, their light is mostly blue and cold. In the G70S, the logo on the lid, the holes of the front speakers and the vent hole of the cooling system are all highlighted.
The notebook’s front panel carries two pairs of system indicators and two highlighted speakers.
The brightness and color of the speakers’ highlighting depends on the sound volume by default.
The lid doesn’t obscure these indicators when closed. The indicators include (from left to right):
- Power indicator (alight when the notebook is turned on; blinking in power-saving mode; off when the notebook is turned off or in sleep mode)
- Battery indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged; blinking when the battery charge is below 10% and the notebook is not connected to the mains)
- Bluetooth indicator (alight when the Bluetooth adapter is turned on)
- Wi-Fi indicator (it indicates the activity of the integrated Wi-Fi adapter)
The lid lock is designed as a chrome press button. The screen hinges are stiff, allowing to fix the screen at any angle. The maximum angle is considerably less than 180 degrees.
The interior of the G70S lacks glossy surfaces. The zone beneath your wrists is made from rough patterned plastic. The keyboard is framed into an aluminum plate that extends down along the sides. There are a lot of rubber pads around the screen for softer contact with the notebook’s body when closed.
A 2-megapixel camera without turning capability is built into the top center of the screen bezel. You should aim it by tilting the notebook’s lid. The camera block is topped with glass. The small-mesh grid around the camera hides a mono microphone. The camera is highlighted with bight blue LEDs when active.
The G70S is equipped with a widescreen 17.1-inch LCD matrix that has an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WUXGA). Its native resolution is 1980x1200 pixels. The matrix’s viewing angles seem to be extremely wide for a notebook’s display. The two backlight lamps are supposed to ensure high brightness whereas the response time of the LCD matrix is specified to be 8 milliseconds. The matrix has a glossy coating that increases contrast and saturation but also acts as a mirror, reflecting every bright object behind your back. ASUS calls this coating Color Shine technology. So, you have to find a proper position and ambient lighting before you sit down to play with this notebook.
The notebook also features Splendid Video Enhancement technology (a number of factory-set image modes differing in color saturation and color temperature). You can choose a Splendid mode with an appropriate quick button or with the Fn+C shortcut.
Besides the factory-set modes (Normal, Gamma, Vivid, Theater and Soft), you can create your own one. Just choose the My Profile option and achieve the image you want using the available settings.
The G70S offers 16 grades of screen brightness but the screen is too dark at the lowest grades. The brightness level is adjusted by pressing Fn together with F5 and F6.