Design and Layout
keyboard backlight, which is configurable: you can set it to one of four brightness levels. The light shines through the key letters and around the keys, making low-light typing easy. But the real star is the touchpad, which is responsive to gestures and taps and is just darn easy to use. Dell added mouse buttons in front of the touch pad (in addition to the typical two behind it), which complement the joystick at the center of the keyboard. We found those extra buttons to be handy when we used the touchpad, too.
ExpressCard slot, a USB port, and an eSATA port. The left side houses the headphone/mic combination port as well as the VGA connector and the Smart Card slot. Much of the back of the laptop is covered by the extended battery, so the Dell put the HDMI, Ethernet, USB, and Power ports near the corners. The laptop lock slot sits directly on the back right corner. Helpfully, the SD card reader is right at the front of the system, under the touchpad. One minor gripe: the lid doesn't quite close completely. It just doesn't lie quite flat. Most people won't notice, but if you're a stickler for perfection, it will bug you. A lid lock would have solved it.
extended battery option gives the laptop a bulky feel. It adds some weight, but also throws off the otherwise sleek design. Then again, functionality usually trumps style in a business system.