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The docking station connector isn’t covered with a shutter and may get dirty with use. I think this is a fault on the designers’ part.

The battery is large, but its capacity is not so impressive: 11.1V x 4800mAh. The battery charge indicator is a very useful feature, though.

There are no connectors on the notebook’s front panel. There is only the slider of the lid lock here.

The left panel doesn’t have many connectors or controls, either. Instead, there are many output vents of the cooling system here. You can get a look at the heatsink’s ribs through them. Still, this panel offers you an infrared port and an exclusive connector that consists of an ordinary USB 2.0 port with additional power pins. This port can be used for ordinary USB-complaint devices as well as for some exclusive equipment from Dell.

I/O ports are mostly located at the sub-notebook’s back:

  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • RJ-45 connector for Ethernet 100Base TX network
  • RJ-11 connector of the integrated V.92 modem
  • Analog output for an external monitor (D-Sub)
  • Power connector

The right panel in its turn carries a headphones output and a microphone input, a PCMCIA expansion slot with a plastic cover the same color as the case, and a rather exotic smart-card reader.

LED indicators (Power, HDD activity, Battery charge) are located right on the external side of the hinge of the notebook’s lid.

 
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