Like in other ASUS notebooks, there are sixteen grades of display brightness in the W2U00Jc02. The lowest grades are of little interest, however, as it’s almost impossible to see anything in the screen at such settings.
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 lowered, even visually, when the notebook switched to its battery and automatically enabled the power-saving mode. The brightness parameter isn’t very good (yet I wouldn’t say I felt any lack of brightness in practice), but the contrast ratio is high irrespective of the power source:
AC power source:
- 87.6cd/sq.m brightness, 127:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 68.1cd/sq.m brightness, 110:1 contrast ratio
The W2U00Jc02 doesn’t have the Audio DJ functionality and the appropriate buttons. Instead, the manufacturer offers an alternative set of buttons placed above the keyboard, to the left of the integrated microphone. These so-called Multimedia buttons are (from left to right):
- REC button with a record indicator to make recordings
- TV button to enable the TV function
- DVD/CD play button
- Two buttons to switch between channels (CHANNEL)
Of course, you only use these Multimedia buttons if the notebook’s within your reach. For other cases the manufacturer supplies a remote control.
The ASUS W2U00Jc02 notebook has an 87-key black keyboard. The Enter button is shaped classically like the letter L. The movement keys are a little below the keyboard’s baseline, so there’s a smaller 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 unintentionally pressed instead of Ctrl. Numeric buttons and two special Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is in the bottom row on the right of the spacebar; the Windows key is in the same row, but on the left of the spacebar. The functional keys are smaller; Home, PgUp, PgDn and End make up 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). I’m only a little disappointed that ASUS’ engineers didn’t use the available space to the full and didn’t equip the W2 series with a full-size keyboard.
To the right of the keyboard, near the edge of the front panel, there is a silver Turn-On button with cute blue highlighting and a few instant-launch buttons (from top to bottom):
- InstantOn button (when the notebook is off, it launches a media player without booting the OS; if the notebook is on, Windows Media Player is started);
- Internet button (launches your Web-browser)
- Bluetooth button (turns on/off the integrated Bluetooth interface, is accompanied with an indicator)
- Touchpad lock button (you may want to disable the touchpad if you’re using an external mouse)
- 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.
On the other side of the keyboard there are status indicators. They are designed as notches in the case and have that cute blue highlighting:
- Activity indicator (shows that the hard or optical drive is being accessed)
- Num Lock
- Caps Lock
- Scroll Lock
The touchpad has a silvery bezel and is almost flush with the notebook’s top surface. It’s rather large as you can see. The two buttons that replace the mouse’s right and left ones are emphasized with slits in the case but are the same color as the panel. There is no scrolling zone or scrolling joystick, but you can use the right and bottom parts of the sensitive area to browse pages.
Touted as a “digital home” device, the W2U00Jc02 has more ports and connectors than you usually find in a notebook. I don’t think they are all placed properly, but that’s largely a matter of taste.