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The notebook’s right panel offers you these items (from left to right):

  • 26-pin ExpressCard/54 slot

  • Optical drive with an activity indicator, a not-very-handy eject button, and an emergency ejection hole
  • 4-in-1 card-reader that supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, and Secure Digital
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Kensington lock

And here’s what you can find at the notebook’s back:

  • 4-pin FireWire port labeled “DV”, meaning that it can be used for high-end digital video equipment
  • Battery module
  • Power connector

As I wrote above, you get two batteries (a 3-cell 2600mAh and a 6-cell 5200mAh one) with the notebook and it’s not quite clear which should be considered the default one. When you install the 6-cell battery, the notebook begins to resemble the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP with its battery protruding beyond the dimensions of the case. The three cells fit perfectly into their place and do not stick out.

Another peculiarity of S6 series batteries, which reminds me Sony’s VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B and VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C, is that the spring-loaded and manual locks are placed on the battery rather than on the notebook’s case.

On the notebook’s bottom panel there are: a battery module, a memory compartment, a reset hole (in case the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination doesn’t work), and stickers with information about the model and the OS serial number. The rest of the notebook’s innards are securely covered with a single panel.

The memory compartment accommodates one slot occupied with a 512MB module. You can replace it with a 1GB one, but you won’t have dual-channel memory access then. The second slot is located on the mainboard; a 512MB module is fixed in it.

 
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