The volume control is electronic (not electrical). You don’t wheel it around as you do an ordinary resistive control, but only deflect it from the central position towards more or less of the sound volume.
The analog video output is combined with a docking port for ASUS’ peripherals and is covered with a drop-down shutter. You need an adapter into the ordinary D-Sub connector (included with the notebook) to connect to external display devices like monitors, projectors, etc.
The back panel is the battery’s residence. There are no connectors or buttons here.
This is what you can find on the notebook’s right panel:
- Optical drive’s tray
- PCMCIA slot with a plastic cover
- 4-pin FireWire port
- Power connector
It’s not very convenient to have the FireWire port between the tray of the optical drive on one side and the power cable on the other. ASUS’ engineers must have thought this port wouldn’t be used too often.