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RANT - USB port orientation

By CharlieSpencer ·
Would it be asking too much for hardware manufacturers to orient USB ports in a consistent fashion, so that 'up' is the same direction on all machines?

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Why, did you try to force it and break

by The Scummy One In reply to RANT - USB port orientati ...


Anyway, yes, I was thinking about that yesterday myself (interesting timing). I ran into a new system from one manufacturer which placed them opposite of the previous system and it made me go ?????????? -- why?????

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Arg, the angled ports are more annoying!

by jmgarvin In reply to Why, did you try to force ...

WTF...I mean honestly, WHY!!? Why angle ports?

I think the worst part is that nobody really puts the USB ports on TOP of cases where they'd be handy.

Oh, and why can't all the "mini" USB connectors be the same? We are there 4 different types?

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Dell just did that to me.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why, did you try to force ...

I have an existing Dell Optiplex 745 and a brand new 755. Same case, same port layout, but the orientation is reversed.

Regarding angled ports, the front bezel on my home system slopes forward. About four inches from the bottom it cuts back in. The front USB ports are on the underside of the ledge formed by this overhang. With the system on the floor, there is no way to see the ports at all.

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Ya, the 280s are like that!

by jmgarvin In reply to Dell just did that to me.

Why have them UNDER the angled front bezel where you can't see them and they're angled!!

So what is the "correct" orientation? I don't care, but as long as they are easy to get to, easy to plug crap into, and easy to pull stuff out of, I don't care what way they face...

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Angled Ports -- lol

by The Scummy One In reply to Dell just did that to me.

that is truly sad. Sometimes the Quality Control team should Override the engineers....

I was looking at microwave ovens a few years ago, I settled on a 'lesser' unit because all of the units with advanced features had flaws -- like the indenting of the control pad, making the buttons/numbers hard to read from an 'upward' angle. My guess is that they were designed either for really small people, or for mounting under cabinets.

Because really, whats the use of extra features if you have a hard time trying to find the basic features??

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