Laptop Design Flaws: USB Ports

USB Ports
USB Ports

Every laptop have USB Ports, and most laptops have more than one. 

This enables users to connect more than one device to their laptop.

Why, then, are they located in such stupid places?

Most manufacturers install their USB ports directly next to each other on one side of the machine.

I understand that this may be less expensive and more efficient from the point of view of the manufacturer,

but from the point of view of the user, it is most certainly not efficient, and sometimes not even workable.

Why USB Ports is a Problem:

When you need to connect a USB device to your laptop,

you just pop it into the USB drive and there you go – all done. 

Now try plugging in a second USB device.  Not gonna happen, is it?

The ports are too close together to allow two devices to be plugged in at the same time unless both are cables.

Anything larger, like a flash drive or wireless dongle, just doesn’t have enough room to plug in.

The vast majority of laptops have this flaw, and it annoys users all the time.

Most people who use a laptop for work need to plug in several devices at once – everything from a printer to a headset –

and that is impossible given the configuration of the USB port positions on the side of a laptop.

Hard to understand why such an obvious design flaw has not been fixed in the newer generations of laptops, but it hasn’t.

The Solution:

The best solution for this problem is to plan ahead and invest in a Hub.

You can buy USB Hubs that allow you to plug several devices into the hub,

and the hub then connects to one USB port, neatly solving your connection problem.

There are other solutions, like extender cables, but a hub is probably the easiest and most efficient.