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The ports have changed slightly as well, with the CF card slot missing altogether. This might not be an issue to most users as you can use an adapter and fit any CompactFlash card in the PC Card slot. On the left side are two USB 2.0 ports with a four-pin FireWire port in between them, the modem connector, an S-Video out, a D-SUB and finally an RJ-45 port for the onboard 10/100Mbit Ethernet. There are no connectors around the back, as this is taken up by the battery, but the speakers are located here, one on each side of the battery.
The right hand side houses the optical drive, the power connector, a third USB 2.0 port and a multi format card reader – this will accept MMC, SD, xD and MemoryStick cards and their various smaller formats with suitable adaptors. On the front is a headphone and microphone socket – the headphone socket also doubles as optical S/PDIF output. A port replicator is also available as a cost option for about £58.
The connectivity options don’t stop here and it would have been disappointing if they had. The Centrino sticker is a dead giveaway of the fact that the Lifebook P7120 has built in WiFi. The Intel PRO/Wireless 2915a/b/g card supports all three wireless standards, which are 802.11a/b/g. This should allow you to connect to just about any wireless network in the world.
On top of this Fujitsu-Siemens has also managed to squeeze in Bluetooth 1.2, which allows you to connect your mobile phone or PDA to the Lifebook P7120 wirelessly. The only thing missing is IrDA but this is a dying standard as more and more devices support Bluetooth.