The lid is smooth, with the shiny letters “ASUS” at its top. In its front part, on the left, the LED indicators are duplicated for easy control over the notebook’s status.
The front panel of the case is absolutely empty. There are no connectors, buttons or indicators on it.
On the left panel you will find the tray of the optical drive (it’s a DVD/CD-RW model), an RJ-45 LAN port, an RJ-11 port of the integrated V.92 modem, a PCMCIA expansion slot, the port of the integrated card-reader that supports MS, SD and MMC formats, and one USB 2.0 port. Special dummy cards are inserted instead of a flash card and a PC Card. The bottom panel of the optical drive is reinforced on the inside with a metal plate so that the case didn’t bend and deform when the tray is open.
The sub-notebook’s back panel is almost entirely occupied by the battery module. Besides it, there are only a power connector and a 4-pin FireWire port here. Depending on the capacity, the battery may go beyond the case’s dimensions or match them perfectly. The power connector is placed properly, but the FireWire port is not very easy to work with, especially if you are constantly connecting and disconnecting your FireWire devices, for example your digital camera.
There are headphones and microphone mini-jack connectors on the right side of the case (by the way, the sound volume can only be adjusted by software), two more USB 2.0 ports, an analog D-Sub video output, the hole of a Kensington lock, and a ventilation slit protected with a grid on the inside. The hot air from the cooling system is exhausted to the right and may cause some discomfort for a right-handed user who is working with an external mouse. From my experience with this sub-notebook I can tell you that this negative effect is only felt when the CPU load is high and the computer is powered from the mains.