The Aspire 5654WLMi being a multimedia machine and considering that it is not always appropriate to use the remote control, the manufacturer put a block of multimedia buttons on the right of the keyboard (the picture below is turned by 90 degrees for better readability). This block includes:
- Two buttons to choose the previous or next track
- Stop button
- Two volume controls
- Button to turn on the TV feature
Above the right edge of the keyboard, and adjoining the block of multimedia buttons, there are quick-launch buttons along with more system indicators and a Turn On button (from left to right):
- HDD activity indicator
- Caps Lock indicator
- Num Lock indicator
- E-mail client launch button
- Web-browser launch button
- User-defined button
- Button to enable Acer Empowering Technology
Each of the quick-launch buttons can be reprogrammed by the user by means of the Acer Startup Manager.
Although the Acer Aspire 5654WLMi is positioned as a multimedia computer, it offers a standard selection of ports and connectors which are quite conveniently placed around the case. The following is located on the notebook’s left panel (from left to right):
- Kensington lock
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- IrDA port
- 5-in-1 card-reader (Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital/xD-Picture Card)
- 4-pin FireWire port
- PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II) with an eject button
- ExpressCard slot
There’s only a slot-loaded optical drive on the right panel of the Acer Aspire 5654WLMi. You cannot use mini-discs in it. There are an activity indicator and an eject button on the drive.
The rear panel is all dotted with ports and connectors (from left to right):
- LAN connector (RJ-45)
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- S-Video input (NTSC/PAL)
- AV-in connector (to connect sources of audio/video signal)
- Power connector
- TV-out (S-Video) provides connection to a TV-set or other display device with an S-Video input
- 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
- DVI-D connector
The notebook’s 4800mAh battery is almost square rather than elongated as in other notebooks. It is fastened at the bottom of the case, closer to the user, thus leaving some cool space under the user’s right hand.
Besides the battery, the bottom panel has a battery lock, stickers with the model specs and the OS serial number, a HDD compartment and a memory compartment (it gives access to almost all of the computer’s innards, though).
There are two slots in the memory compartment each occupied with a 1024MB module. You can add up more memory to the maximum supported amount of 4096MB.