Flipping the lid open, a VGA webcam sits atop the glossy 15.6-inch LCD screen. An interesting security feature: using the VGA webcam and ASUS’ SmartLogon, the user can actually log into Windows via facial recognition. Forget about keying passwords. Forget about finger-swiping too.

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The 1366×768 resolution 15.6-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9. No more irritating black bars above and below your 720p movies. Full HD movies, will however be downsampled because there isn’t enough pixels on this display. Full HD capable 15.6-inch screens are still rare at this point of time.

Audio on this laptop is delivered by a pair of Altec Lansing speakers. The speakers are located at the front end of the laptop (nearest to the user), and are angled downwards.

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We found the audio output to be a distinctive step above your typical tinny and high-pitched laptop speakers. It is able to handle a wide variety of music, from rock to instrumental. The built-in pair of Altec Lansings held up well even when driven to pretty loud volumes.