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It speaks volumes that so far, I only have one complaint about the new Macbook I just bought. I love it overall. But, I feel Apple is being stingy to only give me 2 USB ports. I think 4 is the norm, and 3 would even help. Other than that, no real complaints!
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smiles..less is more!!
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lol true, but sometimes exactly what is needed = more haha..I could always get a USB router, but that is like going back to the Window's ratnest on my desk haha
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I think 2 USB is more than enough on a notebook. The MBA only has one port >_<".

What devices do you have connected that you need 4? I have my Wacom Tablet connected at all times, and the only other device that I connect or use often is my external HDD and thumb drives.

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I'd like to have more than two as well. Unfortunately, that's just not the Apple way. Form is always greater than function in Apple land - and Mr. Jobs hates all kinds of holes and flashing lights, which is why there's no HDD activity light (which would be really handy IMHO).

If you think Macs are lacking now, just wait a few years. Apple is currently working with Intel to develop a new extremely high-bandwidth external bus called Light Peek. If that comes to pass, it appears as though Macs will come equipped with just a single port for all of your connectivity needs.

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Some students and those in countless professions who regularly use more than one flash drive would love more than two.

I know what your thinking, buy a flash drive with larger capacity. In the real world, most of the time you may find your self dealing with an unpredictable work load from month to month and project to project. At times you may only need 1GB, at other times you may need 20GB.

Yes, there is always a way around this. A way to customize everything. But in the end many would benefit from more than two.

Though I should add I may be biased. I use Corsair flash drives. While you can run over them with a bus you can't use them at the same time so close side by side
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I also could use 4 so I bought a USB hub. This is one of the few complaints I have about my MBP. 1 Blackberry, 1 iPhone, 1-2 bluetooth headsets depending (1 for exercise and 1 for conference calls) and 1 for my Time Machine back up HD. I'm rarely home so I backup with both Time Machine on an external drive and CrashPlan. Even the weak HP my job provided had 4 ports.
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Unfortunately, that's just not the Apple way. Form is always greater than function in Apple land - and Mr.
That really is the root cause of the problem and several other Mac problems. I wouldn't mind having more USB ports either.
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Buy a hub.
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Buy a hub.
Sure, but then you've got to carry that around along with your laptop, not to mention that many devices don't work with hubs and that the bandwidth is split.

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Sure, but then you've got to carry that around along with your laptop, not to mention that many devices don't work with hubs and that the bandwidth is split.
That's the thing. I rarely need even one USB port when I'm traveling. And when you come home, a (powered) hub makes things a good deal easier--only one thing to plug in.
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Sure, but then you've got to carry that around along with your laptop, not to mention that many devices don't work with hubs and that the bandwidth is split.
I wouldn't worry too much. I currently have a BB Tour, iPhone, WD Passport and a bluetooth headset connected to a very cheap Targus and everything is charging and working fine. The website says it costs $19.99 but I think I paid less than that. Of course it also basically says that external HDs require the more expensive one but I can confirm I am using mine now. This thing takes up no space.

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I do to feel that it should come with 3 ports. 4 might be pushing it but 3 is very handy. I know that while I'm on my desk I have my wireless mouse,iPod and sometimes I want to hookup my Blackberry and can't do all 3. Do I need to? No never had to wait for one port because it was so busy I could not disconnect but 3 ports with a TAD bit of room in between would be fantastic.

But to late now,already bought it lol.
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but 3 ports with a TAD bit of room in between would be fantastic.
I totally agree on that one. I have two USB devices that if i plug in i cant fit another USB device in BC it is just a little oversized Which make me have to go through a hub so i can use at least 2 ...

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I always thought this. When I got my MacBook back in 06, all the other laptops I saw had at least 3 USB ports spread on both sides of the laptop.

However, I never needed more than one or two on the go for a USB stick and maybe my iPod/iPhone cable. Nothing else is necessary for me when I'm out.

When I get home its a different story though. My powered Dock gets plugged in with its 5 USB ports and top-loading iPod/iPhone dock. I have 3 USB external hard drives with music, TV series, films etc and a spare that doesn't get plugged in "just in case." Plus my Soundsticks that use the USB port and logitech wireless mouse charger/receiver. That still leaves me with the FireWire port spare for the MyBook 300GB that is currently plugged into my Cube, and a USB port for any pen drives I can put in the machine when I'm in a hurry.

I would recommend using a FW external drive, although they are a little more expensive than a USB one, that is a 3rd port if you need it.

Or you could use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and save those ports altogether.

But if you use your laptop for any extended period of time as your main computer, I'd definitely recommend a powered USB hub, I'm very happy with mine!

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