Standardize Video Ports Already, SICK Of It

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Velin, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Velin macrumors 65816

    Velin

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    Getting sick and tired of all the damn ports. VGA. HDMI. DVI-D, DVI-A, DVI-I. Minidisplay port. And now Thunderbolt.

    Good luck hooking up the displays when video cards made just a year or two ago don't even have some of these ports, yet Apple now is selling peripherals that require it.

    We use lots of monitors and lcd projectors, and all of them have different ports that may, or may not, be compatible with the desktops and portables in our office. This is becoming a major headache. Our server room is now jammed with scores of cables and adaptors, and it's such a waste of time and money.

    Just bought the latest Mac with Thunderbolt? Have fun having to buy half a dozen adaptors to run your current monitors and expensive projectors. And if you travel for business or have to use on-site equipment -- people don't know the ports and you need to be ready for all of them. Have fun carrying around an octopus of cables and adaptors, because you never know what you'll need.

    DVI is the worst. Yesterday tried to hook up a projector with DVI output to a 2010 MBA sporting Minidisplay. And wouldn't you know it, the damn minidisplay adaptors we had available didn't fit because the projector's DVI cable had a flat blade with pins, yet the adaptor had no flat blade receptacles. Lovely. (Yet another similar projector works just fine with the Apple adaptor.)

    For the love of christ, standardize this mess already.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    Smart consumers with a need for a certain type of connector won't buy a computer that doesn't offer the port. Or they'll buy an adapter. It's not that difficult.
     
  3. Velin thread starter macrumors 65816

    Velin

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    Did you even read what I wrote? "An" adapter isn't a problem. Having to purchase scores of them is, especially when you run a business and your colleagues are on the road -- and thus you likely won't know what the "need" is until you get on-site.

    But thanks for playing.
     

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