It doesn’t matter whether you prefer touchpads or trackpoints, because the E8210 has both. The trackpoint works admirably, while the tapping feature is sensitive enough to work without repositioning the pointer, but not overly so. There are two buttons below the Spacebar for the trackpoint and below these is a touchpad. The touchpad is also a good example, allowing for accurate pointer manipulation, while a further two selector buttons are located below this.
Security is also high on the agenda with the E8210. Nestling between the touchpad’s selector buttons is a fingerprint scanner, allowing you to secure the notebook with the tip of your finger rather than remember a password. If that’s not secure enough for you, the E8210 also has an integrated smartcard reader making the notebook useless to anyone not in posession of said card.
The chassis is stuffed full of features, some of which I don’t see too often on notebooks these days. On the right there’s an S-Video output, a USB 2.0 port, a modem socket and the DVD writer. At the front is a mic socket, a headphone/line-out socket, a four-pin FireWire port, IrDA port and a hardware switch for all the wireless adapters. Also at the front is a memory card reader that accepts SD, MMC and MemoryStick formats.
On the left is the smartcard reader along with a Type II PC Card slot and an Express Card slot. Surprisingly there’s also a parallel port here along with a D-SUB port. Finally at the rear there’s another surprise in the shape of a serial port along with the Ethernet port and three more USB 2.0 ports.