The ASUS S6F is equipped with an 11.1” matrix with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9 (WXGA). This makes the screen wider and more functional in comparison with the traditional 16:10 aspect ratio. The vertical and horizontal viewing angles are quite wide for normal work. The glassy coating of the display helps make the image colors more saturated, but also reflects any well-lit object or light source behind your back. 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 with a special polymer coating improves image quality and color saturation, thus resulting in a vivid and colorful image.
The S6F also features ASUS’ Crystal Shine and Splendid Video Enhancement technologies. The former helps the display yield a sharp image with bright and lively colors that suits perfectly for watching movies and playing games.
The Splendid Video Enhancement allows adjusting the onscreen image by using preset modes (you control them with the Fn+C key combination).
The S6F 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.
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. Note that the contrast ratio is very high irrespective of the power source:
AC power source:
- 103.9cd/sq.m brightness, 371:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 90.7cd/sq.m brightness, 390:1 contrast ratio
They put a block of status indicators in between the screen hinges. They shine from blue and orange to a light violet. This group includes (from left to right):
- WLAN indicator (blinking when the WLAN adapter is receiving or sending out data packets)
- Bluetooth indicator (alight when the Bluetooth interface is enabled)
- Battery indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged; blinking when the charge level is below 10% and the notebook is not connected to the electric mains)
- Caps Lock indicator
- Power indicator (blue when the notebook is turned on and blinking when in power-saving mode)
- Drives activity indicator (shows that the hard or optical drive is being accessed)
As is often the case with small-diagonal ASUS notebooks, Num Lock and Scroll Lock indicators are missing. It is rather hard to see the status indicators if the lid is closed.