USB port on left side! come on!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pablofmichel, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. pablofmichel macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2006
    this probably has been mentioned before because i guess it is all enough but what struck me when i got an iBook and a mouse to it for when at home is that the USB port (along with all the others) is on the left side... now in the world the majority of the people are right handed... so why put it on the left side?
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    As I lefty, I protest! :eek: (Even though I use a mouse with right-hand)

    It's a little strange having to run the cable all the way around the back of my iBook, but it keeps the cable out of the way. I guess the other thing is, that I use the Mouse quite close to the iBook, if the ports were on the right hand-side, they'd get in my way.

    I prefer the accessibility of the iBook port layout, compared to our HP machine, which has it's ports at the back.
  3. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Do a lot of people use external mice on their laptops? My hand is permanently in the trackpad pose and I'm fine with it. What's the problem with using the trackpad? And can you do the scrolling thing with a mouse?
  4. cait-sith macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    I run my mouse USB into my keyboard, which runs into the left-hand USB port on my PB15". So that port is invaluable to me.

    But -- I have a USB port on the other side too. Why they took that away is beyond me.

  5. Ashapalan macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2005
    If it has a wheel yeh, however, for horizontal scrolling you would need a more advanced wheel.

    I really like all the ports on the one side on my 12" powerbook, it just looks simple and clean and is very practicle.

    At the end of the day on these 12" models, the ports were either on the left or the cd drive was. Either way, i can see there being complaints about being right handed and putting in a cd with your left hand.

    Putting the ports on the left is good for the cabling too, it just keeps them out of the way.

    I can't imagine things the other way around, it would feel... wrong.
  6. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    Yeah its annoying..Just get a wireless mouse.

    The trackpad is uncomfortable for my hand if I use it for too long.
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Back when I used my iBook and original Apple optical mouse, this frustrated the heck out of me. I didn't mind the ports on the left side, as sending the cord around the back of the machine kept it out of the way. However, the cord was about four inches too short to allow me the freedom to use my mouse well.

    But now I've got a PowerBook with ports on both sides and use a wireless mouse (Logitech MX1000) with a gazillion buttons, a scroll wheel that tilts for horizontal scrolling, and more...don't know how I survived without it.

    I don't know anyone who uses the trackpad on their laptop when at their usual work desk. On the road, yes, but not for full time use.
  8. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    This actually favours right handed people IMHO. The cable runs around the back of the computer this way. If you use it left handed thee cable juts out into where you would put the mouse and can be quite irritating.
  9. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Id recommend investing in a notebook wireless mouse, problem solved :D

    You can get a logitech one for about $30
  10. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    Yeah, my 12" PB USB ports are both on the left. I use a wireless Apple mouse though. You can get them pretty cheap on eBay. I don't know if iBooks come standard with Bluetooth though...

  11. Lebowski macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    well, considering the ibook is apples "bargin" laptop, they dont really care giving you a ton of ports all over the place. Thats like buying a stripped base model car, then complaining that it has manual windows.

    You want a lappy with ports on both sides? get a powerbook.
  12. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    except that the 12in powerbooks are the same!

    to the op, here are two words...Wireless...Mouse

    should solve your problem
  13. Mr MacBlue macrumors newbie

    Mr MacBlue

    Sep 16, 2005
    I like the idea of using a wireless mouse with my iBook, especially useful for presentations. However, I'm still waiting for a wireless Mighty Mouse.

    For now I use an ordinary mouse with a cable and had no problems whatsoever.
  14. tektonnic macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2006
    Bucks, UK
    Imagine though, if the USB ports were on the right you'd keep hitting your mouse into your pendrive and other assortid USB bits!
  15. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I think its good to have it on the left if you are right handed.

    1. Running the cable around the back takes up a lot of the 'slack' so you dont have a big loop of mouse cable getting in your way.

    2. If it was on the right any peripherals you use would constantly keep getting hit by your mouse.

    3. The CD drive is on the right.
  16. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    Frankly I wish they'd return the ports to the back side, where they were on the WallStreet PB.

    My new PB is a 17". I knew it was going to be substantially wider, but I wasn't anticipating the nearly 9" of additional width-room required as a consequence of the ports being on the sides. Whose brilliant idea was that, I wonder?

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