Design and Ergonomics
Here it is – an elegant notebook with a silvery aluminum-alloy lid with an ASUS logo in the middle. The rounded angles and the light edging along the front add visual lightness to the whole device.
The back of the lid between the hinges, and the hinges themselves, are emphasized with black color. This is where two copies of main system indicators are placed:
- Power indicator (blue when the computer is turned on and blinking when the notebook is in power-saving mode)
- Battery charge indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged; blinking when charge is lower than 10% and the notebook isn’t connected to the mains)
There is no lid latch here. You can place your finger on a small jut on the side to easily lift the lid up. The external color scheme is continued inside, but the touchpad doesn’t fit in too well with the chrome shine of its buttons. The screen bezel is black with the manufacturer’s name in the top left corner. The logotype is not on a sticker, like in some earlier models, but is part of the case, like in the ASUS W6K00A.
A little below the screen and between the two hinges, there are two stereo speakers directed straight at the user. The sound goes directly to you and the only problem is that the speakers are too weak by themselves. You may want to connect external speakers to get a real good sound, considering the notebook features Intel High Definition Audio.
The screen hinges are designed like in other ASUS notebooks and allow unfolding the notebook by a full 180 degrees:
Also like in the ASUS V6J, the black-colored battery is fitted exactly between and below the hinges. On the left of it, an oblong Power-On button with a blue LED is placed.
On the opposite side, below the left hinge, there is a WLAN On/Off switch 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.