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The block of buttons to launch and control your software DVD player includes the following (from left to right):

  • AV Mode button (the notebook enters the instant-on mode in which it can reproduce CDs and DVDs and display images from a memory card without booting the OS up; if the OS is already booted, this button launches the VAIO Zone application)
  • Play/Pause
  • Stop
  • Previous Track (one press begins to play the current track; two presses play the previous track; hold the button down to rewind)
  • Next Track (one press begins to play the next track; hold this button down for fast forward)
  • Disc Eject button

The notebook’s bottom is black, except for the narrow silvery band around the perimeter. Icons explaining the meaning of the ports and connectors are easily readable on the light background.

Like on many other notebooks of that size, there is no latch to keep the lid closed. When closed, the lid is held with a spring-loaded lock. A mechanism for fixing the lid in any position is built into the screen hinges.

The inside of the notebook is silvery, except for the screen bezel which is black and narrower than in the previous T2 series. White letters “VAIO” are at the bottom of the bezel, the model name is written on its right, and there are rubber pads all around the screen. The notebook’s bottom part is all silvery, including the keyboard. The grid above the keyboard protects two stereo speakers.

The touchpad of the VAIO VGN-TX1XRP is designed in a curious fashion, too. The sensor panel, which is located right below the spacebar, visually and tangibly seems to have a dotted surface. There’s no bezel around the touchpad; it is on the same level with the bottom part of the case. On the very edge of the notebook, there are two buttons that serve instead of the mouse’s ones. The two buttons taken together are a little wider than the sensor panel. There is no joystick for scrolling and no scrolling zones here.

The notebook’s keyboard is painted silvery and consists of 83 keys. The layout is the same as on the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S. The block of arrows is shifted below the keyboard’s baseline to avoid accidental presses. The Fn key is conveniently placed the second button in the bottom row, to the right of Ctrl: people who often use shortcuts like “Ctrl+C” and ‘Ctrl+V” won’t hit the wrong button. There are also numerical keys and two Windows-related keys available: the Context Menu button is over the Alt key to the right of the spacebar. The Windows key is over the left Alt. The functional keys have a reduced size. Home, PgUp, PgDn and End are combined with the arrow keys. Num Lock, Print Screen, Insert and Delete are located in the same row with the functional keys. The letters are painted black; the functional keys are dark gray and smaller than the others (press and hold Fn to use their additional functions).

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