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Components

This is the Components chapter from the user guide.

Right

Use the illustration and table to identify the components on the right side of the computer.
Identifying the right side components
Right-side components and their descriptions
Component
Description
(1)
Audio-out (headphone)/Audio-in (microphone) combo jack
Connects optional powered stereo speakers, headphones, earbuds, a headset, or a television audio cable. Also connects an optional headset microphone. This jack does not support optional standalone microphones.
  warning:
To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones, earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, see the Regulatory, Safety, and Environmental Notices.
note:
When a device is connected to the jack, the computer speakers are disabled.
(2)
microSD™ memory card reader
Reads optional memory cards that store, manage, share, or access information.
To insert a card:
  1. Hold the card label-side up, with the connectors facing the computer.
  2. Insert the card into the memory card reader, and then press in on the card until it is firmly seated.
To remove a card:
  1. Press in on the card, and then remove it from the memory card reader.
(3)
USB port
Connects a USB device, provides data transfer, and (for select products) charges small devices (such as a smartphone) when the computer is on or in Sleep mode.
note:
Use a standard USB Type-A charging cable or cable adapter (purchased separately) when charging a small external device.
(4)
AC adapter and battery light
  • White: The AC adapter is connected and the battery is fully charged.
  • Amber: The AC adapter is connected and the battery is charging.
  • Blinking amber: The battery has an error.
  • Off: The battery is not charging.
(5)
USB Type-C® power connector and port
Connects an AC adapter that has a USB Type-C connector, supplying power to the computer and, if needed, charging the computer battery.
– and –
Connects a USB device, provides data transfer, and (for select products) charges small devices (such as smartphone) when the computer is on or in Sleep mode.
note:
Use a standard USB Type-C charging cable or cable adapter (purchased separately) when charging a small external device.
– and –
Connects a display device that has a USB Type-C connector, providing DisplayPort™ output.

Left

Use the illustration and table to identify the components on the left side of the computer.
Identifying the left-side components
Left-side components and their descriptions
Component
Description
(1)
Security cable slot
Attaches an optional security cable to the computer.
note:
The security cable is designed to act as a deterrant, but it might not prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen.

Display

Use the illustration and table to identify the components on the display.
Identifying the display components
Display components and their descriptions
Component
Description
(1)
WLAN antennas*
Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless local area networks (WLANs).
(2)
Camera light
On (white): The camera is in use.
On (amber): The camera is turned off by the switch.
Off: The camera is turned off by the software.
(3)
Camera
Allows you to video chat, record video, and record still images.
note:
Camera functions vary depending on the camera hardware and software installed on your product.
(4)
Internal microphones
Record sound.
(5)
Power key
  • When the computer is off, press the key briefly to turn on the computer.
  • When the computer is on, press the key briefly to initiate Sleep.
  • When the computer is in the Sleep state, press the key briefly to exit Sleep (select products only).
  • When the computer is in Hibernation, press the key briefly to exit Hibernation.
note:
Pressing and holding down the power key results in the loss of unsaved information.
If the computer has stopped responding and shutdown procedures are ineffective, press and hold the power key for at least 10 seconds to turn off the computer.
*The antennas are not visible from the outside of the computer. For optimal transmission, keep the areas immediately around the antennas free from obstructions.
For wireless regulatory notices, see the section of the Regulatory, Safety, and Environmental Notices that applies to your country or region.

Touchpad

The touchpad settings and components are described here.
Identifying the touchpad
Touchpad component and description
Component
Description
Touchpad zone
Reads your finger gestures to move the pointer or activate items on the screen.

Special keys

Use the illustration and table to locate the special keys.
Identifying keys
Special keys and their descriptions
Component
Description
(1)
esc key
Activates certain computer functions when pressed in combination with other keys, such as tab or shift.
(2)
Action keys
Execute frequently used system functions.

Bottom

Use the illustration and table to identify the bottom components.
Identifying the bottom components
Bottom components and description
Components
Description
Speakers
Produce sound.