The front panel is quite a populated place. Besides the lid latch, there is an infrared port, headphones and microphone connectors, a mechanical volume control, a wireless adapter switch, and a number of LED indicators here (IR port activity, AC Power, Power On-Off, Battery recharging, HDD activity, Wireless adapter activity, Card-reader activity).
The following is located on the left: a PCMCIA slot, one USB 2.0 port, a D-Sub video output, a Kensington lock, a vent opening. This position of the vent hole is appropriate for a right-handed user who won’t have hot air exhausted on his/her hand when using an external mouse.
The rear panel has a battery compartment and an RJ-45 LAN connector. The battery does not go beyond the case’s dimensions.
Two more USB 2.0 ports, a 4-pin FireWire port, an RJ-11 connector of the integrated V.92 modem, an optical drive tray, and two ports of the integrated card-reader (for SD and CF formats) are located on the right panel.
I have one complaint about the quality of the drive: the bottom panel bends heavily under the tray and may break eventually.
The removable covers on the notebook’s bottom panel provide access to the hard drive and the memory compartments. There is also a connector for the docking station (it is an optical component) near the battery – it is covered with spring-loaded shutters.