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Toshiba Libretto U100-S213

Design and Ergonomics

The small width and depth of this cutie jar with its rather big height (30mm and 50mm with and without the docking station, respectively). These dimensions may create an impression of bulkiness, further emphasized by the strict and square outline. Do not forget, however, that this is a visual deception. The dimensions of the Libretto U100-S213 are really very small.

The case of this notebook is made of plastic with a metal insert in the lid which doesn’t perform any function but serves as a decorative detail only. The color scheme matches the strictness of shape – the notebook is deep blue everywhere except the top panel and the battery. The lid doesn’t have a locking device, but you can easily fix it in any position by means of the stiff joint.

A row of LED indicators can be seen on the right of the front panel:

  • AC attached
  • Power On
  • Battery Charge (changes color when the battery is recharged)
  • HDD activity
  • Wireless connection activity

The slanting position of the indicators makes them visible when the lid is open as well as closed. There is also the slit of the SD card reader in the front panel, a lever to eject the PCMCIA card (the slot is located on the left side of the case) and a 4-pin FireWire port.

Ports to communicate with the outside world are mostly located on the right panel:

  • Network RJ-45 connector
  • Modem RJ-11 connector
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Headphones output with a mechanical volume control and microphone input (mini-jack)

The left panel carries the following: a PCMCIA slot, a mechanical on-off switch for the wireless interfaces (many modern notebooks can only disable their wireless interfaces through software), a vent opening, and a power connector.

 
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