It has been several weeks since I bought this ASUS A555L model, a 15-inch laptop. Its wide screen is definitely a plus for my translation and writing work, as I need to type a lot everyday. And a wide screen allows me to zoom larger words and read on-screen more comfortably.
Another strong point is its brightness adjustment. From extremely dark to extremely bright, I think it offers wider contrast.
The number pad on the right hand side of the keyboard is certainly a boon for accountants and mathematicians. Or those who need to calculate a lot. As I need to calculate more currency conversion nowadays, it is convenient for me too. Compared to my previous laptop’s keyboard on which I needed to type 1 to 0 from far left to far right, the calculator-like number pad of ASUS A555L model saves me the trouble.
The addition of the number pad comes with a slight adjustment though. Which in this case is the keyboard. On a 14-inch laptop you will usually see the right end of a touch pad aligns with the ‘I’ key, or between ‘I’ and ‘O’. If you are typing correctly, your left pinkie should be touching a ‘Q’, your thumb can reach the space bar, and your right pinkie can type a ‘P’.
But on this 15-inch model, the right end of the touch pad aligns with an ‘O’, and the middle line of the touch pad points to a ‘Y’. When I am typing, I found myself using right index and middle fingers a lot for the keys on the right half. Which highlighted to me the alignment problem.
I then consulted the sales person who sold me the laptop. He suggested switching off touch pad when I need to do speed typing. Which is a Fn + F9 key for this model. When I need the touch pad again, I can enter the same key to reactivate it again. If I don’t want to turn Fn + F9 key on and off, I can use a mouse and opt out touch pad.
In the past I used to occasionally close my eyes and type accurately for English typing and Taiwanese Chinese key-in system. I am still adjusting my typing style to fit with this model of ASUS A555L, and I definitely hope to resume my typing speed soon.