The right panel offers the following:
- 26-pin ExpressCard 34/54 slot
- Slider to switch the graphics core/operation mode (Power-saving/Speed)
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Connector for a GPS antenna
- HDMI connector with HDCP support for external monitors and TV-sets
- eSATA connector for external HDDs
- Power connector
- Kensington security slot
If you change the position of the performance switch when the notebook is turned on, you’ll be asked to reboot the machine in the following manner:
The notebook’s back panel provides the following components (from left to right):
- LAN port (RJ-45)
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- Battery module
- 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
The bottom panel has only two compartments: HDD and memory. Besides a memory slot occupied by a 1GB module, the latter compartment offers access to almost all the internals of the notebook, though. The optional 3G module is in the HDD compartment, and you have to unscrew the appropriate cover to access the SIM card. A Reset/Shutdown button is placed here as well. Stickers with the model info and the OS serial number are glued to the memory compartment cover. The bottom panel is all drilled for ventilation – you can place the notebook on your laps without any danger of overheat.
The stereo speakers are built into the notebook’s body close to the user. The speakers face downward, yet have a loud sound. The sound volume is adjusted by pressing Fn together with F10, F11, and F12.
The notebook comes with a 4800mAh 6-cell battery. 3-cell and 9-cell batteries, with capacities of 2400 and 7200mAh, respectively, are available, too. The former matches the notebook’s outline perfectly while the larger battery sticks out of the case. Each three battery cells add an extra 200 grams to the notebook’s weight.
The manual and spring-loaded locks are located on the battery’s body to prevent it from slipping out of the notebook.