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May
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comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
To keep the laptop compact ports have to be set close together. But that argument doesn't hold in this case. The LAN port is actually to the left of both the usb ports (not visible in the pic). Had the LAN port been placed between the two usb ports, there would have been space made automatically! That's how Toshiba Satellite does it (my last laptop). And that's why I think this is a design flaw.
May
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comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
Yup, its a Dell Inspiron and the space between those two usb slots is hardly 4-5 millimeters. The only cables that can fit are those extremely compact ones that have only a thin layer on the connector. But most cables nowadays have at least some protective layer besides the connector, so its impossible for two of them to pass through that space. A dongle is totally out of the question since they are too wide to fit in this little space (at least the ones from Huawei or ZTE that I've tried).
May
31
comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
@RichardTingle Space between those two slots is hardly 4-5 millimeters. The only cables that can fit are those extremely compact ones that have only a thin layer on the connector. But most cables nowadays have at least some protective layer besides the connector, so its impossible for two of them to pass through that space.
May
31
comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
Unfortunately, a lot of devices are too wide to fit in that narrow 4mm space. USB Data Cards are very common nowadays, for example this one from Huawei which leaves at least a quarter of an inch on either side.
May
31
comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
@RichardTingle Almost every device I've tried like flash drives, usb dongles and cables have failed to run concurrently on this Inspiron model, barring a few exceptions like the HP pen-drives which are extremely compact or a precious few usb cables.
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comment Laptop usability design flaw from a big corporation
But doesn't competition have a positive aspect too? If all non-Apple laptops have to compete with each other, shouldn't their quality and usability be automatically better to gain the market share and consumer's confidence?
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