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Lenovo E420s ports
Here are the E420s's USB ports, along with HDMI and the combo headphone/mic jack. It's all USB 2.0 — sadly, I'm not future-proofed for USB 3.0, but I don't really care about that right now.
The fan's on this side too. It's reasonably quiet, particularly when nothing taxing is running, and even when a heavy load is on it's not obtrusive — a problem, according to reviews, with the VAIO.
Photo credit: David Meyer