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The keyboards of the two samples of the notebook differ a little. The off-the-shelf sample has an 87-key keyboard, and the tech sample, an 86-key one. The 1.66GHz model has a classical L-shaped Enter button and a Slash key on the left while the other model has a smaller Enter with the Slash above it. The cursor-controlling keys are level with the keyboard’s baseline and there’s a 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 because Fn may be accidentally pressed instead of Ctrl. Numeric buttons and two special Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is in the bottom row, one key over to the right of the spacebar; the Windows key is in the same row, but on the left. The functional keys are smaller; Home, PgUp, PgDn and End form a vertical column on the right. Pause, Print Screen, Insert and Delete are placed in the same line with the functional keys (press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions).

ASUS V6X00J (1.66GHz)

ASUS V6X00J (1.83GHz)

As I mentioned above, there is a second group of system status indicators on the right, above the keyboard (a Power On button and a microphone port are located next to them). This group includes (from left to right):

  • Drives activity indicator (it shows that the hard drive or the optical drive is being accessed)
  • Num Lock indicator
  • Caps Lock indicator
  • Scroll Lock indicator

In the same line, to the left of this group, there are a few instant-launch buttons:

  • Touchpad lock button (you may want to lock the touchpad to avoid accidental touches if you’re using an external mouse)
  • Power4 Gear+ button (it changes the CPU clock rate, screen brightness and Windows power management scheme depending on the load). Three and seven modes are available for AC and DC power sources, respectively:

    Power4 Gear+

  • Bluetooth button (it turns on/off the integrated Bluetooth adapter; the indicator lights up when Bluetooth is active)
  • Internet button (starts up your Internet browser)
  • Wireless LAN button – press it to establish a wireless connection

I wouldn’t say the ASUS V6J (V6X00J) offers an abundance of ports and connectors, but it does offer everything you may need for everyday work. The following components are located along the left side of the computer (from left to right):

  • Kensington lock
  • 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
  • 4-pin FireWire port
  • IrDA port
  • PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II)

  • Optical drive with an activity indicator, eject button and emergency eject slit
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