The ASUS W6F notebook has an 87-key black keyboard. The Enter button is shaped classically in the form of the letter L, the Backspace above it is very small. The movement keys are on the same level with the keyboard’s baseline, so there’s a 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 ASUS W6F offers quite a lot of ports and connectors. The only thing it lacks is an infrared module. I guess since this notebook is supposed to be a traveling companion, and just because the infrared interface is still used at times, it would be good to have it here.
The following components are placed on the notebook’s left panel (from left to right):
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- LAN port (RJ-45)
- 4-pin FireWire port
- USB 2.0 port
- 4-in-1 card-reader (supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, and Secure Digital)
- Optical drive with an activity indicator, eject button and an emergency ejection hole.
And here’s what the right panel offers:
- PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II)
- Stereo-speakers volume control
- Microphone input
- S/PDIF output
- USB 2.0 port
- 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
The following can be found on the W6F’s back panel:
- Power adapter connector
- S-Video output
- USB 2.0 port
- Kensington lock
The notebook’s battery is the same thickness as the notebook’s body and is placed exactly in between the two screen hinges. Its capacity is 4800mAh and it has two rubber feet for the notebook to rest upon. The bulging battery makes the ASUS W6F look somewhat alike to the Sony VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S we tested earlier on our site (for details see our article called Small but Stylish: SONY VAIO VGN-T2XRP-S Notebook Review).
When you turn the notebook upside down, you’ll see separate compartments for the CPU, memory modules, hard drive, and miniPCI slot. There are also two battery locks here (manual and spring-loaded), a holder for your personal card, an emergency shutdown button and a Reset hole (if Ctrl+Alt+Del can’t help you). The stickers here tell you the model specs and the OS serial number.
There are two slots in the memory compartment, one of which is occupied with a 512MB module. The other slot is easily accessible, so you can add more memory up to the maximum supported amount of 1536MB.