And Bluetooth and Wi-Fi sliders are on the left.
It’s indeed much easier to turn an interface off with a special button rather than in the devices list. The Bluetooth switch shouldn’t mislead you, however. The notebook doesn’t support this interface. The switch is here because the same platform is used for other, more advanced notebook configurations which do include a Bluetooth adapter. It’s no secret that all low-end notebooks are in fact midrange models stripped of everything the manufacturer thought unnecessary in a low-end product. Therefore you can often see such rudiments as dummy switches or sealed FireWire ports – it would be unreasonable to design a completely new case for an inexpensive notebook.
This model has quite a lot of audio connectors for its category – a line input besides the traditional headphones output and microphone input. But as I said above, I don’t think it’s right to put audio connectors on the front panel. In the above-described model, they are placed at the very left of the panel, but here they are right in the middle of it and the attached cables get in your way. The indicators that report what power source the notebook is currently using (battery or mains) are easily readable and properly placed.
The back panel is almost completely occupied by the notebook’s battery:
In the remaining space there is a D-Sub output for an external monitor and a power adapter connector.
Not too many things on the right panel:
Three USB 2.0 connectors, LAN and modem ports.
The notebook’s left panel isn’t overfilled, either:
DVD±RW drive, PCMCIA slot and Kensington lock.
Not much, and the DVD-burner looks somewhat excessive in a low-end notebook, but there is a reasonable explanation. DVD-burners and traditional DVD/CD-RW combo drives have come to cost almost the same money, and it’s simpler to buy a batch of same-format optical drives for all notebooks the company turns out.
The keyboard is the same as in the more expensive model:
I’ve nothing to add to what I said about this keyboard in the previous section.