The MSI notebook has a lid latch:
The notebook’s bottom being quite heavy, you can open the lid up with your single hand.
The engineers made a mistake putting audio connectors and a FireWire port on the front panel:
As I said above, it’s not very convenient to use them this way. While a headphones cable is rather thin, a FireWire cord is usually stiff and thick and may become a hindrance if it sticks out from the front panel right under your hands. The snapshot of the side panel shows you how much the battery adds to the thickness of the notebook:
One USB port, a card-reader and a PCMCIA slot are located on the left panel:
Take note of the position of the card eject button. It is on the very edge of the corner of the case and sinks down readily under a slightest touch. I can tell you from my own experience that you will often press this button accidentally when working or carrying the notebook. This is rather irritating, I should confess.
Two more USB ports are located on the right panel along with a vent opening, network and modem ports, power and D-Sub connectors:
It is now clear why a FireWire port and audio connectors are on the front panel: there’s not enough place for them on the side, and the rear panel is occupied by the battery.
The air inlet of the ventilation system is placed just like in the LG LW20:
And there’s the same problem: when you hold the notebook on your laps, the air inlet is blocked and the temperature rises. But unlike with the LG notebook, there’s a small-mesh grid in front of the fan here: