The protruding details on both sides of the notebook are painted the glossy color of the base. The notebook’s left panel carries the following components (from left to right):
- 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
- 4-pin FireWire connector marked as “DV”, i.e. a port for digital video
- E-SATA connector combined with a USB port
- HDMI connector with support for HDCP
- Integrated 4-in-1 card-reader supporting Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital formats
- 26-pin ExpressCard 34/54 slot
Here are the components you can find on the right side of the notebook:
- Microphone socket
- Headphones socket
- S/PDIF output
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Optical drive with an activity indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole
- One more USB 2.0 port
Optionally, the left panel may offer an audio-video input (AV/S-Video) for connecting to video and audio sources via RCA (Composite) and S-Video connectors. If the notebook is equipped with a TV-tuner, there is an antenna input in the left panel.
These are the components you can find on the notebook’s back panel (from left to right):
- Kensington security slot
- Set of batteries
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- LAN port (RJ-45)
- Power connector
We could not find the TV-Out (S-Video) port mentioned in the notebook’s specs nowhere on its body.
The M50Sv comes with a 6-cell 4800mAh battery (11.1V, 53Wh). That’s not a very big battery for such an advanced hardware configuration as this notebook has.
The bottom panel offers covers of WLAN, memory, CPU, GPU and HDD compartments, a battery module with two locks (manual and spring-loaded), a shutdown button and reset hole, and stickers with model info and the OS serial number. The large cover of the common compartment may also hide a SIM-card slot to support 3G networks (the appropriate module is missing in our sample of the notebook).
There are two slots in the memory compartments. Each slot is occupied by a 2GB module. Thus, the notebook comes with the maximum amount of system memory it can support, i.e. 4 gigabytes.
The cooling system takes the outside air in through the vent holes in the center of the bottom panel. So you can put the notebook down on your laps without fearing that it will overheat. To check out the possibility of overheat, we put the notebook down on a piece of fabric and recorded the CPU temperature with the CPUID Hardware Monitor after the CPU had been running PCMark Vantage tests for half an hour. Here are the results:
- CPU temperature of 51°C when powered by the mains
- CPU temperature of 48°C when powered by the battery
The numbers are lower than what we had observed with notebooks equipped with Merom-core processors. We don’t claim that the new CPU core is so cool, though. Perhaps the M50Sv just has a better CPU cooling system. Anyway, we are quite sure that the notebook won’t overheat whatever surface you may put it down onto.