Exterior and Features (cont’d)
Along the bottom of the LCD panel, on the back are the battery and charging indicators so you can see the status of the system while it is closed and plugged in.
As I mentioned on the first page the keyboard on the Alienware m9750 is a full size design that includes the full allotment of Function keys along the top as well as a slightly compressed number pad on the side. Frequent Excel users or calculator users will definitely find that feature appealing.
The keys themselves were of very high quality and the unit didn’t flex at all under my finger presses.
There are a row of buttons along the top of the keyboard that are touch sensitive (meaning you don’t actually press them, just touch your finger to them) for application and internet functionality.
These buttons include a one-touch access to the internet, email, music, DVD and TV applications. They are all preset but you can modify them as you wish. The center of the console shows buttons for play/pause, stop, next and previous track. These are handy access keys that I know I use frequently on my desktop keyboard.
There is only one button for power on / power off or you can set it to hibernate or standby instead. It glows a nice blue color (like most of the LEDs on this system) when powered on.
Finally, over the multimedia keys are some lights that indicate the status of wireless connectivity, if the power cord is attached, hard drive access, touchpad status and of course number and caps lock. The touch pad can be disabled on this notebook to avoid any issues while typing when using an external mouse – a very nice feature.
The touch pad is pretty big on the m9750 giving you a lot of room to work and the single button below it is actually double sided to support left and right mouse clicks. The slider on the right side of the touch pad allows you to easily scroll up and down documents or web pages though I have never been able to get the hang of these on ANY notebook.
Above the LCD you’ll find a webcam built into the bezel – it’s a 1.3 mega-pixel eye with a 1280×1024 resolution. Pretty good for a webcam resolution.