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    Better Design Feature ?
    I get irritated always having to fiddle around the bottom rear to plug in USB's etc !
    Wouldn't it be easier if Macs had side-slots, down from the cd/dvd slot for easier access ?
    Apple have put the new fast-loading Thunderbolt thingy there - after all!

    Or - a drop-down flap at the front !?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier if Macs had side-slots, down from the cd/dvd slot for easier access ?
    Since you own iMac's...are you limiting this question to just iMac's?...or are you including:

    - Mac Pro's
    - MacBook's
    - MacBook Air's
    - MacBook Pro's
    - Mac Mini's

    ...as well in this question? MacBook Air's don't even have a CD/DVD slot.

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    Apple and especially Steve Jobs is very against ports and openings on the front and even sides of the iMac. He wants it all in back where it's never seen.

    I agree that sometimes they can make it still look nice but put a port on the side or front, but Apple so far has never done that.

    I agree some Windows machines with ports all over the place look tacky, but its very convenient sometimes! Especially when plugging in some USB sticks and other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    I get irritated always having to fiddle around the bottom rear to plug in USB's etc !
    Wouldn't it be easier if Macs had side-slots, down from the cd/dvd slot for easier access ?
    Apple have put the new fast-loading Thunderbolt thingy there - after all!

    Or - a drop-down flap at the front !?
    Because a "flap" in the front and even ports on the side isn't at all aesthetically pleasing and Apple is all about being aesthetically pleasing. That's their brand.

    Besides, what are you constantly having to plug and unplug cables for anyway? If you don't have enough space or want it more convenient, buy a USB hub.
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    I absolutely agree with the way Apple has designed the location of the ports. To me, there is nothing as ugly as a flap in front or a bunch of various ports staring me in the eye. Even worse, having the cables stick out from them.

    My iMac is a thing of beauty with nothing but the display in front and the Apple logo. Just my opinion.

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    of course, you could always get a mac pro. they have ports on the front
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    Or you could buy a nice usb hub that matches your mac and plug them in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robduckyworth View Post
    of course, you could always get a mac pro. they have ports on the front
    I have a MacBook Pro Uni-Body !

    Ports are on the side-no problem !

    STILL - while accepting the quintessential Mac minimalist design is better without front flaps etc
    I don't see why they can't use the side, down from the CD/Dvd slot !

    Just my opinion !
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    I have a MacBook Pro Uni-Body !

    Ports are on the side-no problem !

    STILL - while accepting the quintessential Mac minimalist design is better without front flaps etc
    I don't see why they can't use the side, down from the CD/Dvd slot !

    Just my opinion !
    because having a memory stick protruding out of the side of your imac looks a bit silly really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    Apple have put the new fast-loading Thunderbolt thingy there - after all!
    They have? Looks like an SD card slot to me. And accroding to Apple here Apple (United Kingdom) - iMac - Read about the features of the new iMac. the Thunderbolt slots are on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    I get irritated always having to fiddle around the bottom rear to plug in USB's etc !
    I have the perfect solution for you. It's cheap and easy. Get yourself one of these:

    3ft USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Extension 28/24AWG Cable
    $1.10
    For only $0.83 each when QTY 50+ purchased - 3ft USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Extension 28/24AWG Cable (Gold Plated) | USB Extension Cables - A Male to A Female

    This is a USB extension cable. I have one on every desktop Mac in my office. You run the cable so that the USB socket is sitting right in front of your monitor. So you can instantly plug-in your USB flash drive, or a card reader, etc. It is totally non-intrusive (and can be easily moved out of the way if you need to.)
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    Oh for sure, I hate having some USB Flash drive sticking out of the side of the computer. Looks ugly and gets in the way. I keep my Left and Right Klipsch Speakers on the side's of my imac and would have to move things to put in a drive.

    I have no issues with them in the rear at all really. Makes the installation look tidy and neat and if you need to plug in a drive all the time, get a nice USB Hub. I have 2 7-Port Belkin's each with 2 top mounted ports which is perfect for plugging in USB Flash Drives. It it all the time and it's great. That gives me 10 USB ports in back of the Hubs for all my other Peripherals.

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    OP, unless you have a wireless keyboard you have 2 USB's on your keyboard.
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    Yes-I have 3 wireless boards though, and just the one wired..

    Can't understand why it seems ALL wireless boards - either Macs or Windows - DON'T have caps. lights - or they don't work properly !

    Hardly rocket science-is it ?
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    Wow, this caps lock thing was covered in another thread, nobody really has a problem with it other than you.

    Not to be rude, but at this point, given the number of issues you have with so many different things, I wonder how much of it is user error than actual hardware/software issues. It's always easier to blame the machine or someone else.
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