Why all the USB ports are on the user's left?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hajime, May 27, 2011.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. Anybody knows why Apple decided to place all the USB ports to the left (when the laptop is facing the user)? I guess most people are right handled. For me, I use a wired mouse. The usb cable is barely long enough to wrap around the back of the 17" MBP. Placing the cable between the MBP and me is a bit bothering.
  2. mmduluth macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    I think it would have been nice for them to throw at least one on the right but I guess that didn't quite fit with there minimalist design or something.
  3. asdf542 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2010
    On the pre-unibody MacBook Pro's they were on both sides while the optical drive was in the front. They moved the optical drive to the right so they moved all of the ports to the left. We will likely only see ports on both sides when/if Apple removes the optical drive like the MacBook Air which has ports on both the left and right.
  4. bossmanjunior macrumors member


    Dec 3, 2010
  5. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Well, I'm left handed and I like the ports on the left side. They are just easier to plug in and out with the left hand. Is Steve Jobs a lefty?

    Steve to staff: Who the !!!! thought it would be cute to put the ports on the right hand side? Go back to the lab and bring me something I can use!
  6. cherishzm macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    I did not like that all 3 USB ports are on the left (I have a 17 MBP) at first, but when i use it at work, it looks clean having all cables on the left side (power, ethernet, and two USB's) and leave the right side clean.

    It allows more space for the right side for a USB numeric keypad to sit right next to the MBP and magic mouse not worry about cables or USB stick. I think it looks good having all cables to the left side of the MBP and you'd get used to have all ports on the left side. It was weird at first, but now I'm 100% fine with that.
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    This is why: [​IMG]

    Apple really doesn't like sneaking leads and wires across components to other sides of the board.

    Notice they only did it once
  8. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
  9. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
    Because Apple has a Magic Mouse, thus needing no USB port. Why would you ever use a non-Apple mouse, anyways?

  10. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Personally I would prefer the optical drive to be on the left and the rest of the ports to be on the right.
  11. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I use the wireless Logitech Anywhere MX mouse at home. However, when I use the laptop outside, I use a very small wired usb mouse due to portability and that it does not require battery.
  12. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Cool story, bro. :p

    Anywho, they did it to promote Flanders' Leftorium at the Mall.
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I’d prefer them to be on the back, but everyone is different. They probably just flipped a coin. Also, I can’t remember seeing a laptop with the optical on the left.
  14. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    Compaq/HP laptops, unless they've changed, are almost always on the left. I know the old Compaq certainly was.
  15. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    The back is the best (like the Thinkpads). However, with the current LCD hinge design, it might be difficult unless they increase the height of the laptop.
  16. Just "Vinnie" macrumors member

    May 5, 2011
    And personally I would rather be in Jamaica right now.

    Really, why do people bog down on topics like this as though a design mistake has been made. Clearly Apple and most other laptop makers correctly deduced that an optical drive would require more dexterity when handling CD's. More so than the single action of plugging something into a USB port.

    It's not that complicated. And for the most part... it really doesn't matter.
  17. Randizzledante macrumors regular


    May 21, 2011
    On an HP right now (unfortunately) and ODD is on the right.
  18. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    aaaand we have a winner!
  19. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    That is one of the things I don't like about my TiBook. Everything is on the back.
  20. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I love laptops that have everything on the rear. It makes everything look so much cleaner when you are setup @ your desk. It's why I still have a Dell D630.
  21. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    I don't care how it looks. I want it to be easy to get to, like my iBook.
  22. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    For me it is easy, I even have it memorized where my hands need to go for what port.
  23. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    All my Apple mice are corded. Can't stand wireless.
  24. superericla macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2010
    Personally I find that having peripherals plugged into the right side of a laptop gets in the way of using a mouse at times.

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