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On the notebook’s right panel you will find:

  • Optical drive with an activity indicator, an eject button and an emergency ejection hole
  • 5-in-1 card-reader (Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/Multi Media Card/Secure Digital/xD-Picture Card)
  • FireWire port marked as DV, meaning that it can be used to connect high-end digital video equipment
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor

The paired USB ports are placed too close to each other and there’s almost no gap left if you plug in standard-sized connectors. A thick flash drive plugged into one USB port is very likely to block the other one.

On the notebook’s rear panel there is a battery module, a LAN port (RJ-45), a power connector, and a Kensington lock.

The Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 comes with a 6-cell 5200mAh battery. You can also purchase a 9-cell battery for a longer battery life, but you should be aware that such a battery will spoil the notebook’s appearance somewhat as it is going to stick out of the notebook’s case.

Like Samsung with its Q30 Plus, Dell’s engineers installed a battery charge indicator at the back. This helps you know the battery charge level without turning the computer on. It’s convenient and saves your time.

On the notebook’s bottom there are memory and communication module compartments, a screw that secures the hard disk drive (which is taken out from the notebook’s left side), a battery module with one spring-loaded lock, and stickers with model information and the OS serial number.


There is a socket for a SIM card in the battery module. This expands the wireless capabilities of the Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 even more.

There is only one slot in the memory compartment. It is occupied by a 512MB module and you can replace it with a larger module to have more system memory. The second slot is presumably located on the mainboard and cannot be accessed by the user.

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