The notebook’s keyboard consists of 84 silvery-colored keys with a soft movement and a somewhat rough surface. The Arrow keys are lowered below the keyboard’s baseline to reduce the risk of your pressing them unintentionally. The Fn button is located at the bottom left of the keyboard, next to the Ctrl key, which is in the corner. This is convenient for people who are used to shortcuts like Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V. Numeric buttons and two Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is over one key on the left of the spacebar and the Windows Logo is on the right of the spacebar. The functional buttons are smaller than others. PgUp and PgDn are placed under the Enter. Home, End, Insert and Delete are in the same row with the functional buttons (you should press them along with Fn to access their additional functions). The letters are painted in black; the functional keys are blue.
The touchpad is painted the same color as the entire interior. The touch-sensitive panel is sunken down a little, so it’s not a problem to find it by touch. It has special scrolling zones on the right and at the bottom. The touchpad’s buttons move down softly with a perceptible click. The touchpad, including the separator between the touch-sensitive panel and the buttons, is encircled with a narrow chromium-plated edging.
Status indicators are divided into two groups. You’ll find them on the right display hinge and under it. One group of indicators, located above the keyboard’s right corner, includes the following (from left to right):
- Num Lock
- Caps Lock
- Scroll Lock
- WLAN indicator
- Bluetooth indicator (alight when the Bluetooth interface is enabled)
The second group of indicators is placed on the right hinge so that it could be visible irrespective of the position of the notebook’s lid:
- HDD (it shows that the notebook’s hard disk is being accessed)
- Battery charge
There are two buttons in the middle of the narrow band between the keyboard and the display. One of them turns the notebook on and the other starts up Dell MediaDirect, which is a kind of Windows Media Center developed by CyberLink especially for Dell’s notebooks. If the notebook is equipped with a web-camera, there is a third button here to launch the appropriate program.
The left panel of the Inspiron XPS M1210 offers the following (from left to right):
- Modem port (RJ-11)
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- TV output (S-Video)
- WLAN slider switch
- Wireless indicator
- 26-pin ExpressCard/54 connector