The bottom part of the left panel is mostly occupied by the optical drive, with a CF card reader and a PCMCIA slot being placed above it:
An RJ-11 (modem) connector for a phone cable is located to the left of the drive. It is also under a cover. The manufacturer’s care about various small details is highly pleasing:
There’s a suede pad on the door of the hard disk drive bay which protects the drive against shocks and the user against the heat from the notebook when it lies on your laps.
The keyboard is actually superb, considering the size of the device:
It uses the entire available width of the notebook, so the keys are no smaller than on full-size notebooks, save for a few keys near Enter. The PgUp, PgDn, Home and End keys are combined with the cursor-controlling keys, which is not very convenient, as I already said above. But taken as a whole, the keyboard of this model is much easier to work with than keyboards of many other 12” notebooks. The touchpad is beyond my criticism altogether. The cursor positioning accuracy is high; the buttons are easy to use and to find blindly. There’s also a vertical scroll button between them.
A little below the keyboard, in the bottom right corner, there is a row of keyboard indicators:
This is not the best place for them, to tell you the truth. When you are typing text, you cover them with your hand and cannot keep track of the indicators with your peripheral sight.