No laptop should have less than 3 USB ports

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cube, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
  2. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    They really need 3 Serial ports instead. And a floppy drive.
  3. Zeov macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2011
    i agree, a mouse, a keyboard and an External HDD is pretty much what i need, anything more is obviously better if you want to charge your phone or something.

    2 USB ports is definitely too little.
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009

    Setting up with a mouse, keyboard, and external HDD sounds like it would be at your desk at home or work. Why not just get a USB hub in that case? It would actually mean less work to 'dock' your Macbook at your desk.
  5. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    yeah I only see the need for 2 usb on the go.

    get home or office, get a proper tb dock, just plug that one cable
  6. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    I only need one USB to sync the camera, don't load up my laptop with any more stinking USB ports because dinosaurs can't get over it. Bluetooth and wireless is the only way to go. :rolleyes:
  7. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
    Well spoken.
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Not a huge fan of USBs...
    They eat so much CPU power when you plug multiple devices.
    Would rather have FW800.
  9. RedLDR macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
  10. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Yeah seriously? I just use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. No need to worry about USB ports being taken up. Also if you need it that bad just get a USB hub.
  11. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I've never found a need for more than two USB ports. Never really need more than that between the printer, some external HDDs, iPhone, iPod, and camera.
  12. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    You made a statement. You should back it up with your reasoning as to why you feel that way. Two USB ports seem fine to me.

    As others have pointed out, if it's for plugging in devices when at home, a hub is a good way to go.
  13. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    I only need one port for my 10-Port hub...

    I don't even need 10 ports either, but it cost almost the same as the 4 ports on Amazon, and I never know when I need to have all my flash drives plugged in at once.
  14. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Get a Apple Keyboard, it has two extra USB ports on it. And it supports high power USB so you can plug virtually anything into it. Hell, I plug my iPad into it to charge and it provides nearly the same current to it as if I plugged it straight into the computer (I say nearly because the USB spec allows for 2A @ 5V, and the iPad would use all of that except the keyboard uses 0.05A, so nearly the same)
  15. Sym0 macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2013
    Agreed, 3 USB should have been supplied, but what would be more useful is a thunderbolt to USB 3 adaptor, currently I will have two highly useful ports doing nothing until this is rectified.
  16. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    Love how some of these apple sheep dismiss anything critical of their macs and believe less is more when every other 15inch computer gives three usb ports. How is that obsolete? Damn sheep.
  17. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    well then you can tell us where should you put another usb3.0 port on this layout?


    sure everybody can simply said i want x-usb ports on my machine, but it too depends largely on design considerations.
  18. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Definitely needs 3 USB ports.

    Yeah at home I can be flexible, but in the field I can't go around pairing devices together or if I'm in an environment that forbids using wireless? I need USB ports. I've already migrated to a lot of Thunderbolt devices to minimize using USB ports, but it's better safe than sorry.

    Take out the SD card reader and you'll have space for USB ports. If you need to read SD cards, use an adapter and you'll still have 3 ports left!

    That said, I'm pretty sure Apple is smart enough!
  19. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    or just keep the SD card and get a compact two-port usb hub? :rolleyes:
  20. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    I need an SD card slot way more than 3 USB slots for my photography. Love how most posters in MacRumors assume their needs are what everyone needs.
  21. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    People buy the things that they buy because they like it, no? They believe that the thing they're spending their money on will do the job they want it to do. So, when people defend an Apple product, it has nothing to do with the brand but everything to do with the fact that they bought the machine because it fits their needs.

    Also, I don't think anyone said that less is more. They simply stated that they're perfectly happy with less because they have no need for more.
  22. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    But only cheap Windows laptops. Real Pros only need 2. :rolleyes:
  23. portishead macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    2 works fine for me. Only a couple times in the past year have I needed more. Not a big deal, I just waited for my phone to sync or whatever, then unplugged it, and plugged another drive in. I survived.
  24. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I can get by with 2, however on my MBP the most annoying thing is they are side by side, and USB sticks don't fit properly.

    Mouse/keyboard can either be bluetooth or use a single port (i.e. mouse hangs of keyboard), but the fact that the USB stick won't fit in the remaining port is annoying.

    Some of them draw too much power to hang off the other keyboard port.

    If I wasn't such a stingy bastard, I'd buy a thunderbolt dock and be done with it....

    Or even a cheap USB hub.
  25. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    Why would be using an adapter and we will still have 3 ports left?

    It's just like if you need more than 2 USB ports then get a hub and you still have the SD slot left!

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