The notebook’s touchpad is the same as you can see on a lot of other models from ASUS. The sensitive area is a bit sunken into the case. There is a scrolling zone on the right. The touchpad is framed into a light bezel that transitions into two buttons. There is no scrolling joystick here.
Although positioned as a multimedia station, the Z83Db offers only a standard selection of ports and connectors. Its left panel carries the following (from left to right):
- LAN port (RJ-45)
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- USB 2.0 port
- Antenna input (to receive TV or FM radio signal; it can be used to connect cable TV via a special adapter)
- Audio input
- Microphone input
- Digital S/PDIF connector combined with a headphones output
- 4-pin FireWire port (labeled as DV, i.e. a port for digital video equipment)
- WLAN switch (enables/disables the integrated WLAN adapter)
- 4-in-1 card-reader (Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital)
- PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II)
- IrDA port
On the right panel there is a power adapter connector and an optical drive with an activity indicator, eject button and emergency ejection hole.
The rear panel of the Z83Db carries the following:
- Kensington lock
- S-Video output
- 12-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
- 25-pin LPT port
- Four USB 2.0 ports
There is a DVI port instead of the LPT in another version of the notebook. The USB ports are placed very densely, which may not very convenient for the user.
The manufacturer put a 4800mAh battery under the notebook, but not in the back (as in the A6 series), but in the front part, closer to the user. There is some none-heating space under the user’s hands as the result.
The following can be found on the notebook’s bottom: CPU, memory, WLAN, TV-tuner and HDD compartments; a battery module with two locks; an emergency shutdown button or a reset hole (in case the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut doesn’t work); stickers with the model info and the OS serial number; a holder for the notebook owner’s personal card; two stereo speakers located close to the user.
There are two slots in the memory compartment. Each is occupied with a 512MB DDR SDRAM module. It means the default amount of system memory can be doubled if necessary.