Connections wise the P7230 is unsurprisingly not over populated. On the left edge there’s D-Sub, headphone, microphone and FireWire ports, one USB port and a Type II PC Card slot, while the main air outlet is also located on the left edge. Considering the inclusion of HSDPA, a PC Card would appear redundant but it’s there nonetheless – probably as a legacy of a non-HSDPA equipped model.
On the front there’s a card reader, with support for SD, MMC, xD and Memory Stick Pro formats. There’s also a small latch on the front for PC Card eject mechanism, and to the right of that another small vent.
On the right is the optical drive, along with another vertically mounted USB port and the DC input. Finally, on the back, is the Ethernet port and the L7230 has Gigabit Ethernet so is well catered for here too. There’s no modem, although there is a blanked out port at the rear where I assume the modem socket used to be. Purchasing a Port Replicator, which slots into a port on the bottom on the machine, adds three more USB ports, S-Video, Line-out (S/PDIF) and further D-Sub, Ethernet and DC-in ports.
As with many HSDPA notebooks, the SIM card slot is located behind the battery which must be removed to insert a SIM. This is something of an inconvenience, and certainly isn’t as elegant as the Q40’s solution, but it isn’t too much of an inconvenience provided you don’t use the same SIM for different devices.
The HSDPA module is provided by Sierra Wireless, and once you have a SIM in there it’s a breeze to get connected and start using the Data and Voice functionality. Together with Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g wireless you are, as previously noted, very well covered for connectivity, and Bluetooth 2.0 only adds to this. Since this is based on older hardware there’s no Draft-N wireless, but this is hardly essential in the business environment where high bandwidth streaming isn’t necessary.
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