Is it just me or is it bull....

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by blueflame, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    i think its bull that the mac mini has 4usb ports and the macbook only has 2. if there were anywhere where ports are more usefull its on a portable. the mac mini can very well just use a hub, with a portable its more difficult.
    andreas
     
  2. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

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    you do realize that most laptops only have two usb ports. Is it really that hard to shell out like $10 for a cheap usb hub?
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    There just isn't space on most laptops to put more than 2 USB ports, unless you go with those mini-USB ports that require adapters.

    Hell, in my case I could almost get away with ZERO USB ports on my PowerBook... the only port that's ever (and I mean EVER) been used on it is the power port.
     
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Maybe that express slot has cards available to increase the number of ports and it won't cost a lot.
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well, I think it's bull that the Mac mini doesn't have a built-in battery or display. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    And if you're carrying it around, are you going to have four USB devices with you?

    BTW, the one firewire port is a bit disconcerting. That means only one daisy chain, and only one device without a pass-through. After the iSight, you're done.
     
  7. macrants macrumors member

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    Umm... That would be true, if it weren't integrated.

    Also, I noticed the iSight shows up under USB devices in About This Mac on our Intel iMac, isn't that weird?
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    no because it is USB.
     
  9. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    Since my iSight is Firewire, then mine must be weird, right?
     
  10. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    All detatched iSights are firewire. Internal ones must be USB
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yea - where are you going to plug the keyboard and trackpad in on a MacBook Pro if it only has 2 USB ports... Oops, they're built in ... nevermind.
     
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Except the one built into the iMac, which is USB
     
  13. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Even if you did have four usb devices, there was a wonderful technological advance a few years ago when USB became standard- and it is called hot swapable devices. I see it like this- if you have so many devices you most likely are using the laptop at your desk at work or at home so you would be better off using a plug in USB hub where you have all your devices plugged in directly, then you just have to plug in your one usb cord for you hub. Then if you are on the "road" you plug devices in directly. With wireless access to printing, etc. there is less of a need for ports. The only argument I could see for another usb would be if you use a wireless mouse (like I do) and then you have a iPod shuffle, and want one more port. But since I only charge the shuffle every once and a while it is often not necessary for another port. Just my opinion. I like having a smaller laptop personally and will just hot swap when necessary.
     
  14. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I think you should quit your bitching. Jeez.
     
  15. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Excuse me?

    I am not bitching, I am excersising my right to my opinion. not only that, but i belive that there have been recent grublings about this mac mini and its intel graphics, how do you find that any different. I am a laptop user, and i find that it is a pain to have to worry about a USB hub. just by adding 2 more usb ports, many small annoyences of mine would be fixed. got a problem with that? im sure more than one person at least would agree with me.
    andreas
     
  16. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Out of curiosity, what devices would you run?
     
  17. pardonator macrumors newbie

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    2 usb's is ok, 3 or 4 would have been better. My previous 2 windows laptops have had 4 usb slots, both 15" models like the macbook.

    External usb mouse/ printer? What if you need to plug in your digital camera/ ip phone/ usb headset?

    It's not a huge biggy, I have a small usb hub, it'd just be nice to have more ports :)
     
  18. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    Probably 4 mouses ;)
     
  19. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

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    each with 6 programmable buttons so that you can have 24 buttons. MAD
     
  20. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Have you tried contacting Apple and asking them to design a laptop specifically w/you in mind?

    pardonator,
    Were all the physical dimensions of said PC laptops the same as Apple's?


    Lethal
     
  21. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, you better make it 6 ports...otherwise where would he put his USB fan and USB night light?
     
  22. emotion macrumors 68040

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    You asked the question. The answer is: it's just you.

    Two USB ports is enough for 95% of people. USB2 hubs are cheap too.
     
  23. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    I use a hub when at my desk. I have external drives and such. Other than that when I am at work 2 is always been plenty
     
  24. craig0ry macrumors newbie

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    Uh oh, someone criticized an Apple product in here... Watch out for the swarm :rolleyes:

    Just because someone critiques an aspect of an Apple product doesn't mean they are Satan incarnate guys...
     
  25. emotion macrumors 68040

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    If it was a fair criticism then ok. On a portable device I think 2 usb ports are fine.

    The MBP is a very thin compact laptop, what would you give up to have the extra 2 usb ports?
     

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