Various connectors are hung up around the notebook’s case at appropriate places:
The left panel carries all frequently used connectors: power, D-Sub for an external monitor, USB, 6-pin FireWire for an external optical drive (like with the one included with the Acer TravelMate 3004WTMi, it is a full-featured drive), and headphones and microphone.
On the right panel you can find a CF card-reader, one USB port, and network and modem sockets.
Note where the Power-On button is situated:
It is big, so you can find it blindly. It sinks down easily under your finger and is highlighted at work. Its position seems correct from the design point of view, but this button is prone to be accidentally pressed when you’re carrying the notebook in a bag. Thanks to the Pentium M ULV processor, the notebook does without any ventilation altogether. There are just no vent openings in the case:
The only holes in the case I found were on the bottom panel – for the speakers of the built-in audio subsystem.
The keyboard is as close to perfect as possible:
There are no reduced-size keys on the right; the Shift and Enter keys have their normal size, too. The only inconvenience is that the PgUp and PgDn keys are combined with Home and End and are placed near the cursor keys. The top row of functional keys are somewhat smaller than their usual size.
The screen of this notebook is among the best in this review. It has some overbright areas in the corners on a black background and its vertical viewing angles are small, but these are its only drawbacks. I could find no others. The range of brightness and the max brightness point, the matrix response time, color reproduction, and backlighting are all good and even better.