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The notebook’s right panel carries the following:

  • Optical drive with activity indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole
  • S/PDIF output combined with a headphones output
  • Microphone connector
  • Modem port (RJ-11)
  • LAN port (RJ-45)

The notebook’s back panel offers two USB 2.0 ports, a battery module, a power connector, and a Kensington security slot.

The USB ports at the back are placed very close to each other. You can hardly use both of them simultaneously.

The F9E comes with a 6-cell 4800mAh battery but you can also get a 3-cell or 9-cell battery with a capacity of 2400mAh and 7800mAh, respectively. The reduced-capacity battery will help you make the notebook lighter and smaller because the default 6-cell one sticks out of the notebook’s case.

The battery is fixed with two locks located on the battery itself.

 

As you can see, the 6-cell battery (and the 9-cell one, too) protrudes from the notebook’s case quite noticeably.

On the bottom panel there is a single cover of the combined memory, HDD and CPU compartment, a battery module, and stickers with model information and the OS serial number.

 

The memory compartment contains two slots one of which is occupied by a 1024MB module. The other slot is empty, so you can upgrade the memory subsystem to 2GB, which is the comfortable minimum for Windows Vista. By the way, the maximum memory amount supported by the notebook is 2048 megabytes.

The vent hole is partially blocked when you put the notebook down on your laps, but this can hardly lead to overheat because the notebook doesn’t have really hot components.

 
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