There are absolutely no connectors and switches on the front panel. The button in the center holds the latch of the lid.
The left panel offers you the tray of the optical drive (this drive can burn DVDs, unlike the one in the ASUS notebook), an RJ-45 LAN connector, an RJ-11 V.92 modem connector, a PCMCIA slot, a card-reader (MS, SD, MMC formats), and one USB 2.0 port. Dummy cards are inserted instead of a flash card and a PC card. The bottom panel of the optical drive is reinforced with a metal plate to avoid deformation when the tray is open.
The rear panel is almost fully occupied by the battery. Besides it, there is only a power adapter connector and a 4-pin FireWire port there. Depending on the capacity, the battery may either go beyond the dimensions of the case or match them (like the included reduced-capacity battery does).
Headphones and microphone mini-jack connectors are located on the right panel of the case – the sound volume is only controlled on the software level. There are also two USB 2.0 ports, an analog D-Sub video output, a Kensington lock hole, and an exhaust vent opening here.
Using the case of the ASUS M5, this model has the same design flaws as the prototype, particularly as concerns the placement of the input and output openings of the cooling system. The hot air goes out leftwards, causing some discomfort to the left-handed user holding an external mouse. The air inlets near the centrifugal fan are located in such a way that you can accidentally block them and overheat the notebook if you hold it on your laps.
Next, the ports on the left side panel are so densely placed that if the card inserted into the PCMCIA slot will make it almost impossible to use the card-reader.
The bottom panel of the case is exactly the same as it was on the ASUS M5. The integrated speakers and the Reset button are placed exactly in the same positions. The removable panels give you access to the hard drive, to the SO-DIMM memory slot and to the processor socket. The rear feet with rubber caps are still located on the battery, so if it is taken off, the plastic case may get scratched on a hard surface, like that of your desk, for example.