It doesn't have the buttons, so how do I check it? Please be specific, as I am sort of a luddite about these things.
You are correct; the battery itself has no charge LEDs. To test the battery you can try hitting the F3 button to bring up the battery health meter. You can also go into control panel and power options and to the left should be a link for the Dell battery health meter. You can also go into the BIOS by starting the system while tapping F2. Once in the BIOS look under the general tab for battery information.
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