Three Power4 Gear+ modes are available when the notebook is connected to the wall socket and seven when it works on its battery.
Like its predecessor, the ASUS W6F is equipped with a 13.3” matrix with a rather large native resolution of 1280x800 pixels (an aspect ratio of 16:10 or WXGA). The viewing angles are visually wide enough for comfortable work both vertically and horizontally. The display has a “glassy” matrix which is not very practical as you have to take care about the lighting at your work place if you don’t want to see a reflection of your own face in the screen. You also have to keep the matrix clean from dust and accidental fingerprints (the manufacturer enclosed a special napkin with the notebook for that purpose). The glassiness itself comes from the matrix’s featuring the following technologies: ASUS Crystal Shine provides high brightness, ASUS Color Shine is the technology of making “glassy” LCD matrixes that ensure high image quality and color saturation, and ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement allows adjusting display parameters for video applications (by using Fn+C buttons).
Like in other latest notebook models from ASUS, there are 16 screen brightness grades, the lowest grade being practically useless as you can’t discern much in the screen.
I measured the brightness and contrast of the screen 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 reduced when the notebook switched to its battery, automatically enabling power-saving mode. The brightness parameter isn’t very good (yet I wouldn’t say I felt any lack of brightness in practice), while the contrast ratio is high with both power sources:
AC power source:
- 86.3cd/sq.m brightness, 91:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 74.7cd/sq.m brightness, 91:1 contrast ratio
The ASUS W6F has an originally designed touchpad surrounded with a silvery chrome bezel. Its two buttons are made of the same material. The color of the touch-sensitive area matches the notebook’s color scheme, and it is all speckled with lighter dots. There is no scrolling zone and no scrolling joystick, but you can move along pages using the right margin of the sensitive area.
The touchpad’s buttons are highlighted with mild blue from within. You can turn off this LED, and the touchpad too, by pressing Fn+F9, for example if you’re using an ordinary mouse.
A high-sensitivity microphone is placed in the notebook’s bottom right corner. This is a proper position since you can’t cover it with your hand at work, while the microphone is as near to you as possible.
On the opposite side, there is a large group of status indicators, making the ASUS W6F look not unlike a kind of a sparkling Christmas tree. The indicators all shine with the trendy blue light, except for the battery indicator which is orange. So, this group includes (from left to right):
- Power indicator (blue when the computer is turned on and blinking when the notebook is in power-saving mode)
- Battery indicator (alight when the battery is being recharged; off when the battery is charged or fully discharged; blinking when charge is below 10% and the notebook isn’t connected to the mains)
- Activity indicator (shows that the hard or optical drive is being accessed)
- WLAN indicator (blinking when the WLAN adapter is receiving or sending out data packets)
- Keyboard’s Num Lock
- Bluetooth indicator (alight when the Bluetooth interface is turned on)
This model doesn’t have keyboard’s Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators – you have to find out by trying if the corresponding modes are enabled or not.