I already answered the question. The friction lock is similar to a laptop screen in that the screen can stay in any position you leave it. It is not identical to a laptop screen because a laptop screen is thin and light and cannot be pushed hard. The 7000 panel is heavy and an inch thick. The force to press buttons is much less than the force of the friction lock, so you can press the buttons at virtually any angle without any reaction feel from the panel. The display is independantly hinged within the panel for further fine tuning of the view angle.