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Just below the right display hinge, there is a Turn On button with an engraved address of the ASUS website: http://www.asus.com. When the notebook is turned on, the button is highlighted with blue.

Under the left hinge, there is a slider to turn the wireless connection on/off and 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.

Power4 Gear+

The W5G00F’s touchpad is the same as you can see on other relatively inexpensive notebooks from ASUS. The touch-sensitive panel is speckled with light dots. There is no scrolling zone or scroll joystick here. When the touchpad is turned on, you can see blue highlighting between its buttons. The buttons and the bezel around the touchpad are painted dark silver.

You can turn the touchpad off by pressing Fn+F9. The screen will show the picture that you can see below and the blue highlighting between the touchpad buttons will go out.

In the front left corner of the notebook there are indicators (some of them have copies on the lid). The indicators are all blue except for the battery indicator which is orange. This group includes:

  • Power indicator (alight when the notebook is turned on and blinking when in power-saving mode)
  • Battery charge indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully depleted; blinking when the battery charge is below 10% and the notebook is not connected to an AC source)
  • Drives activity indicator (shows that the hard drive or optical drive is being accessed)
  • WLAN indicator (it is blinking when the integrated WLAN adapter is receiving or sending out data packets)
  • Num Lock indicator
  • Bluetooth indicator (alight when the Bluetooth connection is active)

Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators are missing because the notebook has only one group of indicators instead of the usual two.

The W5G00F has an 87-key black keyboard. The Enter button is shaped classically 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 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).

The keyboard isn’t very handy. There are a lot of reduced-size keys and their placement is questionable, but we should make allowances for the dimensions of the notebook itself.

 
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