The second group of system indicators is located on the right, below the keyboard, and you can’t help covering them with your right hand at work. This group includes:
- Num Lock indicator
- Caps Lock indicator
- Scroll Lock indicator
The LIFEBOOK P7010 has an ordinary touchpad, although it might have been made wider to match the widescreen display. The touch-sensitive area is sunken below the level of the top panel. Beneath it, at the very edge of the notebook, there are two buttons that serve instead of the mouse’s ones and one swing button for vertical scrolling.
The 82-key keyboard of the LIFEBOOK P7010 is painted a light gray, almost white, color and takes up the entire width of the case. It is quite comfortable at work. A few keys in the right part have a reduced size. The cursor-controlling keys are on the same level with the keyboard’s bottom line, which is not quite appropriate as accidental presses may occur. The arrow keys are combined with PgUp, Home, PgDn and End (accessed through the Fn key). The left Ctrl is in the corner, while Fn is shifted a little to the right to avoid errors at using such shortcuts as “Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V” and at ordinary touch-typing. The Context Menu button is located in the bottom row, one key over to the right of the spacebar. The functional buttons are smaller than the others (press and hold Fn to access the additional functions of some of the functional keys); Num Lock, Insert, Delete and Pause are placed in the same row. Numeric buttons and a special Windows button are available, too. The Enter key has its normal size and shape. The symbols on the keys are made in a dark gray color.
The LIFEBOOK P7010 is equipped with a widescreen 10.6” WXGA display (1280x768 maximum resolution, 16x10 aspect ratio). The viewing angles are sufficiently wide, so the only noticeable drawback is that the screen reflects light much like a mirror and you have to avoid bright sunlight unless you want to look at a reflection of your own face. The wideness of the screen and the high resolution typical of large notebooks may be somewhat discomforting at first, but you’ll soon find out the advantages of working with this highly informative, even though physically small, screen.
I measured the brightness and contrast of the screen using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. These parameters don’t depend much on the power source as you can see:
- AC power source: 101.4 cd/sq.m brightness, 280:1 contrast ratio
- DC power source: 101.1 cd/sq.m brightness, 267:1 contrast ratio
The LIFEBOOK P7010 offers you an abundance of I/O interfaces which are conveniently placed around the case. On the left of the front panel you will find a Wi-Fi switch and a card-reader’s slot (for Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro formats). The On/Off status of the Wi-Fi connection is indicated in a very simple manner: when you shift the slider into the On position, it reveals a red background which signals that the wireless unit has become active.
The following components can be found on the sub-notebook’s left panel:
- AC power connector
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- PC Card slot (for a single Type I or II card)
- Compact Flash card slot
- DVD±RW drive with a disc eject button
A special feature of the LIFEBOOK P7010 is that the optical drive is located in a special modular bay and can be easily replaced with an auxiliary 2300mAh battery for a longer battery life. The manufacturer says the sub-notebook can last as long as 10 hours and a half with the two batteries, but this total time must have been measured under a very low load.