All the ports on one side, uhg

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rafalski24, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Rafalski24 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Just got the new uMBP can see the specs below, and hate having all the ports on one side. I do Audio/Video and photo work, and usually have a second monitor, a chain of FW800 drives, speakers, and a USB hub plugged in, and its crowded. In fact I pretty much can't use one of the USB plugs (luckily I usually use a hub anyway) and its tough to fit a FW plug and MDP plug in at the same time. I am going to have to get a MDP to MDP extension from monoprice, to alleviate this, which is a purchase I really shouldn't be doing... Anyone else feel the same way, or have any suggestions to help ease the crowding?

    by the way I am using a MDP to DVI cable (the MDP plug is much bigger than I was expecting!)
  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    I too dislike this...

    But when you look at the innards of the MBP, you just understand why.

    On the top right is the DVD drive, on the bottom right is the hard drive. There's no place for ports on that side...
  3. jedivulcan macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    The older MBPs were a little bit more diversified (USB ports on both sides). I don't miss it though.
  4. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    Although it is annoying on a desk, I have the Late '07 MacBook Pro, and having the DVD drive on the front is annoying to eject if you are using it on your lap.
  5. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    Being accustomed to the old PowerBook layout, it took sometime to get used to the new current layout.
  6. shambo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    What's with the moaning? Buy a Dell next time if you're so unhappy. And research your purchases BEFORE you buy next time.
  7. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    One of the rare times I actually agree with shambo.
  8. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I don't like the ports on either side. All the wires sticking out clutter up my desk, and it makes the space hard to use for anything else. At least all the ports on the left make it a little easier to use a mouse on the right for anyone who is right handed.
  9. wesg macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I like having the ports on one side, though sometimes stupid USB drives block adjacent ports. On another note, I'm happy Apple has moved the lock slot to the CD side. I always put my MacBook/Pro in my back on the port side, and it was always annoying to include a lock.
  10. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    yes definately its irritating but also whats irritating is that there are only two USB ports. I really wish that they had a third USB port either on the left side or the front. I have an Asus laptop which has USB ports on 3 sides (4 of them) plus a mini firewire port and a bunch of other ports. Granted its nowhere as slim, light or small as the umbp so I can't complain too much but definately one more USB port would be better
  11. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    I like all the ports on the left side because when I'm at a desk I like using a mouse. I've had problems with other laptops when using a mouse on the right side when there are ports in use.

    Also as someone mentioned above, there is less clutter when all the ports are on one side in general in one area. When the ports are on both sides and spread out it takes up a lot of width on the desk which makes the laptop take up more space than its size should take. I know that's not a problem for everyone but I do like the current locations of ports.
  12. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    lol, same here!:D It's no problem for me; I'd rather have them all on one side than, say, in the front or back.
  13. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    I find it annoying too. I can't use my iMac's mighty mouse on my MBP cause the cord is too short. If there were USB ports on the right side I could also get better reception from my VX Nano.

    I honestly just wish they would just make a MBP without a CD drive as an option. IMO I think this is likely for the next MBP case redesign with an external drive as an option ala MBA.
  14. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I absolutely love the ports on one side. Having them on both sides just looks fugly....
  15. justit macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2007
  16. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    Yes but imagine that mess on both sides. A docking station would definitely be the better way to go for people who have their ports full most of the time.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personally I hated that they moved the ports from the right side to the left side. MY office was all set up but now that the ports are on the opposite side, I had to move everything around.
  18. SolRayz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale
    You could fork over cash for an cine display with more usb ports. :D

  19. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I don't see how this is an actual issue. If you don't like it, why'd you buy it? Obviously it wasn't a big enough deal to convince you to look elsewhere, so stop complaining.
  20. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Well if you want a Mac, you really don't have much choice. I don't think port placement is going to be a make or break deal when choosing between a Mac or a PC notebook. I personally don't care for having all the ports on the left side either. I would like at least 1 USB port on the right so as a right handed person, I can use a wired mouse without having to loose cord length draped around the back of the machine. Either way, I sure don't miss having them all on the back!
  21. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
  22. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    You can get a USB cord extender. Apple usually includes one because they seem to like short cords on the their devices but they at least understand that some people need longer cords.

    Exactly. If you want a Mac then it really is a take it or leave it problem and I personally would rather not go back to PCs. That has always been one of the downsides of Macs. We don't get as much variety in options as we can from the PC world.
  23. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    They like short cords because that mouse was intended for the iMac. You don't need an uber long cable when it's less than 1 foot from mouse to iMac. Granted, if you wanted to use the mouse outside of the iMac world, it would be too short. Most manufacturers still make long cords for mice because many people are still using traditional computers (i.e. cpu box) and not AIOs.
  24. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    The Mighty Mouse that came with my Mac tower was rather short and needed an extender. Another example is that Apple's laptop power cords aren't that long unless you attach the extender cord. Apple's new Magic Mouse is wireless so I think the clues seem to indicate that Apple doesn't really like all the clutter that comes from lots of tangling long wires.
  25. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Not sure if the macbook was right for them, or they should get better cable management.

    I have a MBP on a notebook cooler and have a firewire & usb hub underneath and everything looks neat and tidy and its perfect to have it on one side, makes sense to me atleast.

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