Symmetrically to the status indicators, but near the left hinge, there is a button to launch ASUS’ exclusive Power4 Gear+ utility which offers several power modes that vary in such parameters as CPU frequency, screen brightness, Windows’ power management scheme, etc.
Three Power4 Gear+ modes are available when the notebook is connected to the wall socket and seven when it works on its battery.
A notebook can be miniaturized infinitely and power consumption of its components can be reduced further, but the size of the keyboard is still an important ergonomic factor that is hard to improve in a sub-notebook. The ASUS S6F is not an exception despite its display aspect ratio of 16:9. This notebook is equipped with an 83-key keyboard that fully occupies the entire width of the case. 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 and are combined with Home, PgUp, PgDn and End. Pause, Print Screen, Insert and Delete are placed in the same line with the functional keys (you should press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions). The keyboard is convenient as concerns the movement and response of its keys, but you have to get used to the reduced size of the keys.
The touchpad is framed into a silvery bezel that separates it from the leather surroundings. The sensitive field lacks a scrolling zone, which is normal for a sub-notebook. There seem to be only one button under the touchpad, but there are actually two of them there. They just don’t have a separating line. The buttons perform the functions of the mouse’s ones. There is no scrolling joystick here.
The touchpad can be blocked by pressing Fn+F9. The screen shows the following icon then:
The notebook’s left panel seems to contain only the following (from left to right):
- 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
- WLAN switch
- Digital S/PDIF connector combined with a headphones output
But the magnetically held panel that blends into the case with its color conceals a few more ports and connectors:
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- LAN port (RJ-45)
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- Microphone input