The carcass for Acer’s entire 3000 series is in fact the same, be it a low-end device or a rather expensive notebook with a full-fledged Pentium M inside. And I can’t really find any serious faults with the ergonomics and the placement of the connectors, maybe except for the front panel:
It’s funny to see the buttons to turn on/off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces on a notebook that lacks such adapters.
The indicators of the notebook’s power source (battery or wall socket) on the left of the decorative buttons do work, while the IR port is sealed up. The separate line audio output is a plus, of course, but I don’t think that putting all the audio connectors on the front panel is a good solution from the point of view of ergonomics. The audio cables will get under your hands whether you put the notebook on a desk or on your laps. The USB port to the right of them is helpful when the notebook is on a desk, but it wouldn’t be convenient to hold the computer on your laps if, for example, a USB flash drive is plugged into this port.
Telling you the truth, there are not so many ports in this notebook:
All you can find on the right panel is a LAN and a modem connector, two USB ports, and a PCMCIA slot. There are gags in the S-Video output and the FireWire port – they have fallen victims of the notebook’s demotion into the low-end category.
The left panel is actually empty, save for the optical drive:
Besides the battery, the rear panel carries a video output for an external monitor and a power adapter connector.