Physical Examination

The most noticeable features of the Satellite are the wide display and almost full size keyboard. The harman/kardon® stereo speakers are placed above the keyboard with the power button and DVD controls between them.

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The touchpad is not centered but offset to the left a little. I noticed a learning curve getting adjusted to using the full size keyboard since the keys are shifted to the left a bit.

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The Satellite has a bright blue backlit logo on the lower front corner with backlit indicator lights for power, battery and hard drive in the front center below the touchpad. The status lights are important but they were a little distractingly bright for my taste. The placement of the headphone ports and memory card reader port on the front are very convenient.

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I prefer to see as few ports as possible placed on the right side of a notebook. A couple USB ports conveniently placed on the back half of the right side is all I ask for. This notebook not only has the DVD drive centered on the right side but the USB ports and modem ports should have been situated closer to the back of the notebook. When using the computer with an external mouse and a mouse pad, there is barely enough clearance for the drive to open. The drive door could get tangled in the wires if using an external mouse and a phone cord for the modem.

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The left side of the notebook features the other two USB ports, the express card slot, TV-out (S Video), i. LINK IEEE-1394 (fire wire) port, 10/100 networking port, the CPU cooling fan exhaust, an external monitor jack and the power jack.

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This is the back of the notebook featuring the hinge for the cover and two screws…

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The underside of the notebook has all the usual items. We have removed the covers to reveal the, RAM and hard drive bays along with the battery. We never did discover the purpose of the expansion bay in the lower right.

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