MBA USB port woes?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FX120, Jan 24, 2008.

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    FX120

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    Mindflux

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    Some people will whine about anything.

    Add a usb extender cable, done. 5 bucks!
     
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    My U727 actually came with the extension cable. So no need to even pay the $5.

    But that is a little disappointing, because it's less neat with the cable. And I use the 727 every day practically.
     
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    island

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    Now this crap is going to piss me off...

    EDIT: actually, my AT&T USB modem will fit just fine, checked it out, phew!
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Sprint? pfff who the heck would use them except someone out in some rural community.
     
  6. PDE
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    I'm sorry, but I can't agree with anybody defending a design that makes it difficult to use common peripherals. It's the same stupidity with the iphone headset jack - it annoys me to no end that Apple forces everybody to get new equipment to fit their rather arbitrary design decisions. I understand that they wanted thinness above all and that with the design they had to think of a new way to have the rather large USB ports, but surely there must have been an alternative? It's a clear example of allowing an obsession (thinness) to override all other considerations.
     
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    Wow, that is surprising. I wonder if USB flash drives are going to have the same problem.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    [​IMG]

    $3 - 24inches.

    Yep, time to kill off the Macbook Air.....insurmountable problem here....

    NOT.

    Actually, EVERYONE should use one of these, the way ANYTHING rigid sticks out of ANY USB port, it is only asking for a bump to break the connector INSIDE the machine, with a small cable it is flexible and bends, not ruins your $2grand toy if you hit it.
     
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    Mindflux

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    "But it's not as tidy!" (see above) :rolleyes:
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Don't see the problem.

    Teratec DTV receiver - used a usb cable.
    Mouse - usb cable (use a wireless one most of the time anyway)
    Various USB pens - fit any USB socket - apart from the cheepo chunky one the company provided - which needs a cable to work with most anything.
    Printer - usb cable
    Hard Drives - usb cable
    Lighwave dongle - fits fine

    This is just somebody going out of their way to find fault. I bet that thing is useless if on anything with two USB sockets - it will block the adjacent one - unless you use a USB cable...
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    Well, don't get me wrong, I'm not cancelling my pre-order over this or anything. :)

    I can live with using the USB extension. Maybe even find a shorter one.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    It is a little disappointing you have to use the extension cable but not a deal breaker. It is probably a little safer like mentioned earlier.

    After looking that the pulldown ports, if Apple would have put the USB port on the back (swapped with the video port), it would probably fit fine. The U727 is just so slightly larger and with the "tapering" of the MBA, the area towards the back gives a little more room. Oh well .. just another cable to add to the bag.

    Cheers,
    -chris
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Hopefully some 3rd party company will come out with a special bag to hold everything you need to travel with the MBA:

    USB Hub, preferably battery powered

    USB extension cable

    USB Ethernet dongle

    USB HDD to hold all of those photos/music/video that Apple has been telling us to buy from iTunes.

    3g wireless cellphone modem since it's not built in like many ultraportables

    3rd Party external battery and charger for when you travel more than 3 hours and actually work.

    Apple power adapter

    DVI adapter

    Belkin and others, are you ready?
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    BTW, I've been using the short Belkin USB flexible adaptor with my U727 on my MBA today and it is perfect.

    I have the modem facing away from me, parallel to the edge of the MBA case.

    I think a heavier modem would pull the adapter down with it. But the U727 is light enough that this doesn't happen.
     
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    Nice, subtle trolling there. Congrats.
     
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    They used the worst 3G modem for this test. The Sierra Wireless Cards (which are available for the big 4 in the US) all have flip out USB connectors, instead of the molded USB connector on the bulky modem they used for the test.

    Seriously, people will always find something new to complain about.

    TEG
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    The Ovation U727 is the best USB CDMA modem on the market. It is also one of the smallest. There is no sinister plot here. Just 2 designs that dont work together perfectly.

    The U727 comes with a cable, a clip to hook onto the back of the screen and a bag to carry everything in. Use those and it works great.
     
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    Sure they are, NOT.

    Exactly.
     
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    TEG

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    I was just saying that the flip out port works with no problems. Also, all 3G is CDMA, just based on different standards (CDMA = Code Division Multiple Access). CDMA-2000 is the 3G version of 2G CDMA, W-CDMA is the 3G chosen by most GSM systems.

    TEG
     
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    The Radio Shack adaptor looks perfect but it seems they don't have it anymore. Any suggestions for something similar? I have an extension cable but it's bulky to carry around.
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    AT&T Lightning

    I got a new AT&T Lightning. Fits perfectly. When on a desk, it works better if you lay it down. Performance seems very good to me as well.
     
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    Scottsdale

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    Ok, so you're telling someone that mentioned this in February 2008 that it looks perfect... and now two years later nobody carries it... talk about waking a thread from the dead. How about look at Amazon.com? They have many things like this with ratings.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    No need to be rude.

    I did a search and found this thread. I searched for the suggested product but it was out of production. I checked Amazon but no one commented as to whether such a product was appropriate for the MacBook Air. Besides which, I didn't want to deal with shipping for an $8-10 item.

    In any event, I just went to Fry's and found the Belkin F3U134vFLEX. It works great. So for anyone else in this situation, I recommend this.

    http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=250761
     
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    Sorry, didn't mean to be rude. Just in shock that a two year old thread was still relevant, but then again it wasn't. Congrats on finding a solution.
     

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