The screen is of course an important part of any notebook and Asus has fitted a massive 17in widescreen display to the W2Vc. The display is of the reflective type, so games and video looks very good on it, although it’s not ideal for use in bright sunlight. The resolution is is 1,680 x 1,050, so not quite 1080 HD resolution, but 720p content will fit the screen without a problem.
Having such a massive screen adds to the size – 39.5 x 28.7 x3.3cm and weight – 3.4kg – of a laptop and the W2Vc is not for you if you intend to carry it around with you frequently. At least Asus hasn’t made the fatal mistake of adding a numerical keypad, just because there’s more space. Instead Asus has fitted a good keyboard which is quite comfortable to type on for longer periods of time. My only gripe would be that the Fn key has ended up in the corner of the keyboard instead of the Ctrl key, but this is something you’ll find on a lot of notebooks.
The touchpad is very slick looking and the buttons are cut out of the single sheet of aluminium that has been fitted to the top of the laptop. There are also a set of buttons just below the power button on the right hand side of the keyboard that have been cut out in the same way. The top button gives you quick access to your internet browser, the next one to your email client, then there’s a hard switch to enable/disable Bluetooth, the fourth one enables/disables the touchpad and last one is used to set the power profiles.
You don’t get a lot of software with the W2Vc, but a copy of Asus mobile theatre is supplied so you can take advantage of the integrated TV tuner. A second, larger remote control is also supplied, which is much easier to use than the tiny one that fits in the PC Card slot. You also get a copy of Asus DVD, Nero Express, Power Director 3DE and Medi@Show 2SE. Asus does however supply a couple of extra accessories, which consists of an optical laptop mouse, a pair of Asus branded behind the neck headphones and a carry case.