all usb ports on the left side?

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  1. oYx macrumors regular

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    i'm just curious. does anybody find it a problem that all the usb ports are on the left side? especially if you use a usb mouse?
     
  2. Nipz macrumors 65816

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    Only with the wired mighty mouse. But dont use that anyway.

    There is a problem if your USBs are fat and then they dont fit in all at once. But doesnt normally happen.
     
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  4. Mark2000 macrumors regular

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    If you're right handed and your mouse cord is a normal length it should be a good thing. No plug to stab you when mousing too close to the case. I prefer it.
     
  5. kolax macrumors G3

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    They are close together - so using a USB flash drive and the other USB port is out of the question (unless you have a thinner USB flash drive). Of course, normal USB cables will be fine.
     
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  7. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    I love that its all on one side now. Its probably my favorite feature of my new Macbook Pro, it makes my desk much neater.
     
  8. UVa.Jester macrumors member

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    I was trying to use an old USB mouse I had and was having issues with the signal since all the USB ports were on the left... I'm going to pick up a wireless mighty mouse today becasue it was really frustrating me...
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I might want until the 17" has at least 1 usb port on the right to upgrade. I like the mouse cord short.
     
  10. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Its just a case of design over function, if Apple had its way there would be nothing on the right side, it wouldnt be hard for them to make a few usb ports on the left if they wanted too.
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Actually it's due to people constantly complaining.

    Original: ports on the back, but it's a pain to plug in and remove anything with the laptop open. some pcs are still with this design.

    v2: ports both sides, people complain why ports are not on one side, cables out of both sides are messy for some people

    v3: ports on one side (partly due to the unibody thing and also due to stress testing), people will complain more.

    I have an alum MBP 17" with USB on both sides. I think that works.
     
  12. dejo Moderator

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    How does what side a USB port is on have anything to do with the signal, especially for a wired mouse? :confused:
     
  13. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I personally wish the new 17" unibody had three USB ports on the left and one on the right, that would be perfect for me.
     
  14. UVa.Jester macrumors member

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    I meant to say an old wireless usb mouse... Oops...!!! Sorry for the confusion...
     
  15. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using a 12" PowerBook for 4.5 years now and haven't had many issues with both USB ports being on the left side. I always used a SanDisk Cruzer Micro flash drive or USB hub.
     
  16. oYx thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for chipping in.

    i was just curious because i have the 17" with one usb port on the right side (with the rest on the left) and i thought it may be quite cumbersome and unsightly to have to run a wired mouse around the unibody one.

    i'd love to have a wireless mouse, but i wonder how often i'd be caught with the mouse's battery going flat.
     
  17. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    so... its wireless. i cant see the problem though. :D if you need it 3 inches from the transmitter than its pretty much wired ;)

    i have no problem with USB ports. i drag the cable behind the screen (i have a wired mouse) and if i need to pop in a usb stick i just use an extention cord.its not the best solution, but i cant say i give a damn about it :D

    in a way its still better than having everything all over the place.
     
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