Besides the web-camera in the top middle of the screen bezel, there are three silver buttons for controlling it. There’s also a microphone a little below the buttons. In other words, you’ve got everything you need for teleconferencing (from top to bottom):
- Microphone Mute button
- Camera Zoom button (to zoom in or out when shooting with the integrated camera)
- Camera button
Two stereo speakers under the display are directed at the user. Their sound quality is acceptable considering the size of the notebook.
The notebook’s battery is located under the display and between the display hinges. It is a six-cell 4800mAh battery. It has two rubber feet the notebook’s rear part stands upon. The manufacturer also offers an optional nine-cell 7800mAh battery for a longer battery life, but that battery would make the notebook look like the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S, i.e. it would stick out of the dimensions of the case.
Like a number of other recent notebooks from ASUS, the W5 series lacks the Audio DJ feature. This time it is rather a drawback. Considering the small size of the computer, it would be a nice thing to listen to music without booting the OS up.
The W5G00F is equipped with a 12.1” LCD matrix that has a native resolution of 1280x768 pixels (it may be 1280x800, so you should check it out with the seller before purchase). The viewing angles are wide enough for comfortable work. The matrix has a “glassy” coating that reflects everything you’ve got behind your back, so you should take care about proper lighting when you sit down to work with this notebook.
The notebook uses a number of exclusive technologies from ASUS (which in fact lead to that glassiness of the display):
- Crystal Shine technology provides high display brightness. It gives you a clear and sharp image with bright and lively colors, ideal for watching movies and playing games
- Color Shine is the name of the technology for making “glassy” LCD displays that ensures high image quality and color saturation, yielding a lively and colorful image.
- ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement is an innovative technology that claims to have lifted the quality of video on the notebook to a whole new level. This feature helps adjust display parameters optimally for video applications (it is controlled with the Fn+C key combination).
The W5G00F offers you sixteen grades of display brightness. 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 when the notebook switched to its battery and automatically enabled the power-saving mode. The contrast ratio isn’t very high, perhaps due to the “glassy” coating of the matrix:
AC power source:
- 122.3cd/sq.m brightness, 29:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 105.6cd/sq.m brightness, 29:1 contrast ratio