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Why is there a small gap between the usb port and laptop skin? [closed]

I've noticed a small gap between the point the USB port starts (metal part) and the external surface of the laptop or PC. You can clearly see it in the picture. . Thanks
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How should I show that a standard connector is used for non-standard purpose?

I recently started doing hardware projects with Arduino. Those projects involve custom-made enclosures to hide (and protect) the actual components. Those enclosures should have plugs in order to be ...
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Is it easier to move the mouse from right to left or vice versa?

In an ergonomic sense, is it easier to move the mouse from left to right or right to left? The reason I'm asking is to find out which side to place two modals, the contents of modal A will be dragged ...
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Why aren't all headphone connectors on the left?

Most every pair of wired headphones has the cable attached to the left earcup, probably for reasons similar to why most of the microphones are placed on the left. One would expect then that devices ...
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Is there any UX study that explains and (dis?)proves the benefits of the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros?

I am a programmer, UX designer, and love the semi-structured approach the touch bar has offered to user interfaces, especially when contrasted to the "anything goes, your finger is a mouse" design ...
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Usability of built-in trackpads in laptops

I am wondering if there has been any studies on the usability of trackpads in laptop computers because they have always seem rather awkward to use yet have become standard with laptops. It doesn't ...
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What delay should be present on a soft power switch?

I'm in the middle of writing embedded software for a 19'' rack mount LED lighting driver. The product includes a momentary rocker switch used as a soft power button which allows the user to place the ...
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Why “heat & cool” buttons on air conditioner remote controls?

On most air conditioner remote controls, you can find buttons such as Heat / Cool. Users must switch to the cooling mode in summer, and to the heating mode in winter. Curiously, Heat 25°C(or 77°F) is ...
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Which UX KPI's to measure with hardware products?

One of my tasks in my workplace is to measure the UX efficiency of our product (collaborative robots) and one of my main challenges is to figure out how to measure the customer experience when ...
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What research exists into the user experience of physical smartwatch designs?

Consumers now have a plethora of choices in the wearable smartwatch market and one of the most striking differences between the various products is in the design/shape of the actual physical hardware. ...
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On-Screen or Physical Buttons On Smartphones

When I refer to buttons, I am referencing the three common buttons located on the button bezel of many Android smartphones (example below Samsung Galaxy S5): Android smartphones have been making a ...
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Purpose of keys above each Braille key on Braille display

What are the keys on a Humanware Braillant keyboard, the ones found above each Braille key, the ones that look like small knobs that can be made to slide downwards towards the keys and probably slide ...
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Why are the little fingers not used on Braille devices?

I would like to know why the little fingers are not used as input on Braille display hardware devices? After all, the top faces only have positions for the thumbs and the the fingers adjacent to them. ...
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How can a user-friendly Braille key refresh be programmed/refreshed?

I have watched a very nice video where I saw a girl use a Braille display. In the video she quickly shifts either the right hand or the left hand over the degradable keys. I haven't watched it ...
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Is naming different products the same thing good UX?

The Titan X is Nvidia's latest top-of-the-line enthusiast graphics card built on the Pascal architecture. "Titan X" is also the name of Nvidia's last-generation top-of-the-line enthusiast graphics ...
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How to 'pretty up' an ugly piece of industrial design for electronics

Allow me to apologize in advance if this question is too far out for the UX site. Here is a generic box for electronics: As you can tell, this won't be winning any industrial design awards. However, ...
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Hardware best practices for data entry while doing field work

I have a client who sends medical professionals out into the field to perform checkups and other simple procedures in low income areas for free. They are currently doing their work in an entirely ...
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Is anyone aware of (or has anyone conducted) research into the user experience of 3D televisions?

So it’s official - Samsung has dumped 3D televisions (see cnet). Clearly, if the world’s largest TV manufacturer has dumped 3D, it’s because there wasn’t much of a market for them. Now, I’m no ‘...
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HP's “PC LOAD LETTER” UX fiasco - how did they allow it? how to prevent similar issues in the future? [closed]

I'm sure that users would think: My HP Laserjet says "PC LOAD LETTER" and refuses to print. Is there something wrong with my PC (Personal Computer)? Do I need to LOAD a program? Is this an ...
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UI design recommendations for application which uses trackball instead of mouse?

Does anyone have any recommendations for designing a (non-web) application for use with a trackball instead of a mouse? If you know of any guidelines, standards or just your own experience in this ...
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Working with more than one monitor or keyboard

Can users work more efficiently (reacting faster, or, getting more information before taking a decision) with more than one monitor or one keyboard? It seems to be a common practice among day traders ...
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The demise of PDAs and the increase in size of smartphone screens

I remember the brief period of time when PDAs were touted as the next big thing in the technosphere, and then as quickly as they arrived on the market they disappeared as smaller, slimmer and more ...
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Why the hardware button of mobile devices is not placed at the front?

The button at the bottom front of iPod/iPhone/iPad/Samsung is great UX. Why other mobile manufacturers don't offer such a button at the front as well? Most smartphones have a hardware button on the ...
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Large Touchscreen / Kiosk Hardware

A client has come to me wanting an interactive installation featuring a large (50"+) touch screen interface, one on a wall, and one built into a table. I've seen lots of touchscreen overlays on the ...
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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?

As you might be aware, there is no context menu button (similar to right click action) in modern keyboards. In latest laptops such as HP, Lenovo, etc. and Lenovo slim keyboard are missing the Context ...
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Should a device charger provide a visual indication that it is charging?

I just bought my brother an iPad and noticed there isn’t any visual indication on the charger when it's in an active charging state. Why wouldn’t a designer provide some visual feedback? ...
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How to indicate which way the boards plug into each other?

I'm developing a board like this that serves as an adapter for a given board that needs to be plugged like this given that the board size is the same, users tend to plug it the other way, the way ...
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How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?

Retractable pens typically have a rather noisy mechanism. Some users periodically start pressing the pen button frequently (while they're talking on the phone or while they're waiting for some result ...
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What is the best way to visually indicate correct plug alignment with socket (hardware)?

I currently have a problem where users are not correctly aligning a plug with a socket on an electrical device, leading to the plug being forced and the pins breaking. Users have suggested putting a ...
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Why are keyboards still the predominant input device? [closed]

While reading about the history of the computer keyboard I was a little surprised to hear that it is still the primary interface between humans and computers... Despite the development of ...
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Why are monitors only at neck height by default?

Most computer monitors are too low. Almost everybody, at least once in their lives, has put a pack of printing paper, a cardboard box, or something else under their monitors stand to bring it to an ...
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Why did the mouse beat the light pen, paddle, and other pointing devices?

I recently watched the mother of all demos from 1968 which did an excellent job of showing how computers can be personal. Something that stood out to me was the mouse. This device has remained ...
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Hardware permissions in browsers

We're building an app that allows people to upload or record their voice or video using HTML5 (not flash). We've run into a problem where users can't seem to find the button to allow the app to use a ...
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How can cable TV Guide UX be improved using the arrow/channel buttons on a remote?

I've searched around and read UX's help section, but I'm still not sure if this question is too subjective for UX. If it is, I can remove it. This question applies to cable set-top boxes that have an ...
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Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?

I've noticed that the mayority of the well-known brands (Sennheiser, Logitech, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, Audio-Technica, Phillips, etc) tend to make headsets with the microphone on the left, is ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Why do washing machines have windows?

I'm curious why every front-loaded washing machine I've seen so far comes with a window, while other household machines, like dishwashers, don't. From a design or UI/UX perspective, why would one ...
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Why are keyboards, mice designed to make sound when pressed and clicked?

Why are PC keyboards designed to be audible when they are pressed? That, IMHO, is a totally unnecessary thing as it generates noise that might disturb a peer who is studying nearby. The other thing ...