Looking around the sides of the notebook the left side is dominated by the optical drive and has no ports at all. The rear of the A6Km-Q002H is home to the power connector, a D-SUB port, the parallel port and four USB 2.0 ports. Finally on the right hand side is where you find the modem and Ethernet ports, S-Video out, a headphone socket that doubles as optical S/PDIF out, a microphone and line in socket, a four pin FireWire connector and an IrDA port. This is also were the PC Card slot is located – a single Type II slot. Just above the PC Card slot is a memory card slot that accepts SD, MMC and MemoryStick cards.
The keyboard is generally very good, but the Fn key has got the corner spot once again – something of a pet hate I have. The touchpad is also good and it’s big and square, rather than some of the odd shapes that have cropped up on some recent laptops. Below the touchpad is a set of multimedia buttons with which you can playback CDs while the notebook is switched off. You can also control Windows Media Player with the same buttons within Windows.
Just above the keyboard is the power switch, a button that allows you to disable the touchpad – especially handy in this case as the A6Km-Q002H comes with a two button optical mouse with scroll wheel – a shortcut button for your web browser and email software and finally a button that controls the Power4 Gear software.
Normally there isn’t anything above the screen on a laptop apart from the locking latches for the lid, but the A6Km-Q002H actually has two features here. The first one is a 1.3Mpixel web camera – video is still limited to 640 x 480, but on the whole this is pretty good. Unfortunately the camera can’t be rotated, so you’ll have a hard time shooting anything other than yourself. Next to the web camera is the microphone which is labelled high quality voice recorder. It is good enough to be used and placing it here means it will pick up less noise from the keyboard if you use it at the same time, but you do have to speak up for it record your voice properly. But the really cool thing here is the screen saver – yes you read that correctly – as it uses the integrated camera and mixes the video input into the very flashy screen saver.
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