The layout of components in this notebook is not traditional. For example, the battery is located in the front part of the case:
This is not a common design solution, yet it is all even more confusing with the interface connectors. A Power-On button and, under a cover, SIM-card and antenna connectors are the only things that you can find on the left panel:
The right panel seems to be absolutely empty at first sight:
The manufacturer only put a nest for the stylus there:
The stylus is small and lies neatly in a medium-sized hand.
But when I gave this stylus to someone with a real male paw, the stylus seemed diminished to the size of a match and the "paw-man" wasn’t quite satisfied with it.
The interface connectors of the A33i are all placed on the rear panel:
The decision to put the connectors there rather than on the side panels seems questionable, but you realize the manufacturer’s motive to do so as soon as you try to use this notebook as a tablet. If the connectors were on the sides, like they are on ordinary notebooks, they would be blocked by the user’s hands in the tablet mode.
A video output is located next to the screen hinge and the rest of the connectors are grouped closer to the sides of the device. The right group includes headphones and microphone connectors, two FireWire ports and a PCMCIA slot:
A D-Sub connector, two USB 2.0 ports and a modem connector are in the left group: