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There is an indicator light on the Caps Lock key and also on the F12 key which is used to turn the wireless devices on and off. Unusually, Samsung have also provided an Fn Lock key with its own indicator light.Other Fn key functions are F1, to enter the Samsung Easy Settings program, F2 and F3 to control display brightness, F4 to switch display devices; F5 to turn the touchpad off / on; F6, F7 and F8 for audio mute and volume controls; F9 and F10 for the keyboard backlight brightness; and F11 to enable the silent mode (it reduces the CPU speed to minimise fan activity).The Elan touchpad is enormous compared to those I have used previously with an area about double that on the Lenovo T420s. It?s not so much a small navigation device but a multi-finger playing field. The whole pad is about the same size as a 2.5-inch hard disk drive.There are no separate buttons but the bottom part of the pad can be used for both moving the pointer and be pressed as a button (left part = left button, right part = right button). I am still getting familiar with the full range of supported gestures.

One problem I have encountered is that pressing the left button area can cause the cursor position to move while the 2-finger tap to emulate a right button click doesn?t work most of the time, but the 2-finger scroll is very reliable (and already something I miss having on the T420s). Although it is better than many, perhaps another driver update or two will further increase the touchpad usability.The Samsung NP-X60plus is an enhanced version of the Samsung X60 series and includes the Intel Core 2 Duo. The X60plus is very similar to its predecessor and weighs in at about 2.55kg (5.5lb) with a 6 cell battery, which places it among the lightest notebooks with a 15.4? display. The version of the X60plus reviewed here has the Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU, the ATI X1700 GPU, WSXGA+ display, a 120GB 5400rpm hard disk and a Lightscribe DVD burner. Samsung aren?t completely sure what to call this new model. The label on the bottom of the computer says NP-X60 plus, and the logo on the inside, under the display has X60plus. For convenience, I am using X60plus, which will, I hope, avoid confusion by the search engines with other types of X60.In March 2006 I bought the Samsung X60 with the T2300 CPU and ATI X1400 GPU. You can see the review for that X60 by clicking here. This review was originally posted in April 2006 and updated in October 2006.Overall, I have been very satisfied with the X60 which offers a relatively large display within a slim body and relatively light weight.

While the battery life (maximum 3 hours) is not generous, it has been enough for my needs. I do a reasonable amount of travelling, so portability and durability are key requirements, along with reasonable battery life to allow some work without plugging in to a power socket and get me through power cuts.A further attraction of this computer is that Samsung still provide a PC card slot and have yet to migrate to the Express card slot. Perhaps one reason is that the small remote control can be stored in the PC card slot. I still have a couple of PC cards that I use whereas cards for the new format are still rare.Samsung have now upgraded the product to use the Core 2 Duo CPUs and have enhanced the specification, for a price which is less than I paid earlier in the year for the previous equivalent model.

The main specification changes are:I expected the overall enhancement of specifications would give a useful boost to performance (for such times as one actually loads the CPU) and I also wanted the higher resolution display. It appears that Samsung have dropped (at least in the UK) the lower specification versions of the X60 where there is overlap with other models (such as R40 and R55) which also have the 15.4? widescreen display.On this occasion I bought my computer from DigiUK who offered a competitive price and had been responsive to pre-sales enquiries about availability. The basic price of my X60plus was about ?£1,100 including VAT which is ?£70 less than I had paid for my previous computer 8 months earlier. I also bought a spare mains adaptor and a 2 year extension to the warranty. The spare PSU is useful when commuting to the same office for a while. Also, Samsung use a less common plug for the PSUs, so having a spare PSU is good for emergencies.The X60plus?s colour scheme is black and silver. There is a black bezel surrounding the display, black in the hinge area and black on the underside of the chassis. The remainder of the computer is finished in a silver metallic paint. Even the display back which is said to be magnesium alloy is painted, except for the Samsung logo.

A strip at the top edge of the display back appears to be plastic. I presume the wireless antennae are under here to avoid the signal being blocked. The display has two metal latches to hold it closed.Samsung say that this computer has an adamantine magnesium chassis. Whatever this is, it results in a light but rigid construction. I can hold up the whole computer by one of the front corners without any flexing. The display back is a magnesium alloy and the display unit is very rigid. There is negligible wobble in the hinges. I am unable to apply sufficient manual pressure on the cover to affect the displayed image. The bottom of the computer is stepped, with protruding feet (about 5mm high at the back) which are not included in the official dimension data. These feet provide good airflow under the computer. The front of the computer is thinner than the back, which adds to comfort in use.The layout of the keyboard area is relatively good. The keyboard is centrally located and generously sized.

Samsung claim that the keyboard has enhanced water resistance. I hope I will not be testing this feature. The keys have very clear black (blue for the Fn key operations) markings on the metallic silver background, reasonable travel and are comfortable to use. There is no significant flex. The front edge of the chassis is slightly rounded so that it does not hurt the wrists. Behind the keyboard is a black area which is covered with fine perforations and conceals the loudspeakers. Two indicator lights, for mains connected/ battery and computer on, are at the front of the palm rest. A further five indicator lights are behind the insert and delete keys. These lights are not very bright. The power button is to the right of these lights and contains a blue light when the computer is on. There are five buttons to the right of the keyboard. Two buttons control the volume and the other three start different modes in the AVStation software.There have been some minor changes to some key functions since the previous X60 was released. The menu key has been replaced by a key which starts the default web browser.

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