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, not quite conveniently for people who are used to shortcuts like Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V (Fn may be unintentionally pressed instead of Ctrl). 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 on 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.
The notebook’s touchpad is a copy of the V6J’s one. The color and the “metallized” texture match the touchpad’s surroundings. The touch-sensitive panel is almost black and has a special scrolling zone on the right. There is no joystick for scrolling text, though. A special feature of this touchpad is that it is highlighted in blue when the notebook is turned on and the touchpad itself is not disabled.
The touchpad can be disabled by pressing a special button – this is indicated on the screen like this:
The entire front part of the notebook’s body is speckled with tiny holes that flow around the touchpad and conceal two rather loud stereo-speakers. The speakers are thus located very close to the user, but are going to be covered up with the user’s hands at work. The sound volume can be controlled by pressing Fn along with F10, F11 or F12. This is indicated on the screen with the following images:
In the left part of the dotted band there are status indicators that copy the indicators on the notebook’s lid plus one indicator more (from left to right):
- Touchpad lock indicator (alight when you press the appropriate button)
- Power indicator (blue when the notebook is on; blinking when in standby mode; not shining when the notebook is off or in sleep mode)
- Battery charge indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged)
- Bluetooth (alight when the Bluetooth interface is active)
- Wireless (blinking when the integrated WLAN adapter is sending out or receiving data packets)
The visibility of these indicators is poor because light penetrates the tiny dots even though they are larger that the others around. So, you can only see the indicators from a short distance and at certain angles of view.