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Do they still make laptops where you can plug most everything in in the BACK?

It seems like all manufacturers are forcing you to plug things in on the side or the front, taking up desk real-estate, making you knock over your coffee, and turning your desk into a mess.

With all the brands out there, and as bad as the economy is, you'd think the last thing they'd want to tell the customer is "tough, deal with it"
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silemoneCommented:
well most things have USB's and USB adapters...
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silemoneCommented:
otherwise you would usually have to get a docking station for those other desktop like connectors...
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Khalid Mehmood AwanCommented:
Now we have female laptops as well in markets :-)

you know , variety... ;)
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johngerityAuthor Commented:
Yes but the Dell LAttitude D series had 2 or 3 USB2.0 jacks in the back with 1 on the side, now with the E series, all USB is on the coffee spilling side or the inthewayofthemouse side.  
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Khalid Mehmood AwanCommented:
Like everything is improving in the world
when a laptop is designed, the convenience for use is also kept in mind, so i think it is very convenient that only power and vga cables are at back , rest are at sides or front ....
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silemoneCommented:
well that's poor design, or maybe great design to get as much as they could in with limited space.   maybe someone complained about usb's always being in back, so they placed them in front so that if you liked the design, you would buy this model, if you don't you would buy another model.  I understand your pain.  i would look at a docking station in this case or a wireless mouse.
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Khalid Mehmood AwanCommented:
well USB ports support a lot of devices, Flash Memory sticks, keyboard, mouse, speakers, modems, etc

So, thats the case... :-)
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silemoneCommented:
see these thin docking stations...replicates usb ports...in back though...doesn't look overly heavy...not full sized...

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Docking_Station/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=430-3114
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johngerityAuthor Commented:
Of all the laptops that I've found, none of them have the VGA or Power plug in in the back. In fact the only laptop I've found with ANY jacks in the back are Ethernet jacks in the Lattitude E series. Also do they even MAKE docking stations anymore? I haven't seen any new ones. Port replicators*, yes, but no docking stations

(*which are really nothing more than USB hubs that happen to have a WiFi, NIC, and Paralel Port adapter already plugged in)

I mean I have more than a few customers who care about this and aren't in love with using a port replicator. In an economy where businesses wink out left and right like birthday candles in a storm, it's just hard to believe that their attitude is "customers? Bah! Who cares!"

Unless there IS some demand for USB, VGA, Power, eSATA, Firewire, HDMI, etc to be on the sides, but frankly I really don't think anyone cares where those plugs are, except for those who want them in back. I guess only time will tell if people are comfortable with that or not. I just hope it's not a case where people just think "well, that's how they make them" and just abdicate any kind of customer authority.
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johngerityAuthor Commented:
OK so they do make docking stations. .. tho i think if i went to my customers with that they'd be all "i might as well have a desktop computer with all this mess. Still, good to see these haven't become extinct yet.
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silemoneCommented:
tell your customers to next time let you pick the model of laptop they are leasing so at least you can ask them the right question - (basically ask the higher ups the features they would like) - and then they won't run into this problem.  
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johngerityAuthor Commented:
Um, that's what I'm doing now.

 I'm shopping for new laptops them, they want a laptop with backports, noone sells any.
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silemoneCommented:
funny...i thought they started complaining AFTER the fact...
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silemoneCommented:
does it have to be dell?
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splaitCommented:
One major reason laptop manufacturers began to eliminate connections in the back of laptops was that too many users were damaging their machines when they lifted them up.  Users tend to rock the laptop up from the front, putting pressure on connectors on the back.  I have had to get so many laptop power connectors resoldered on the motherboard for this very reason.  I wish Windows PC manufacturers would take a chapter out of Apple's laptop book.  Not only are the power connectors on the side, but

1.  they are attached magnetically so that anyone tripping or pulling on the A/C cord just disconnects it harmlessly (instead of either destroying the power circuitry in the laptop or propelling the laptop to the floor), and

2.  the newest ones are manufactured to point to the back of the laptop, so that the cords are out of the way even though the attachment is on the side.

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johngerityAuthor Commented:
This makes the most sense, especially since it's been my experience as a tech, and as a laptop owner, that the rear ports are the first to be damaged, ESPECIALLY the power jack which you can't exactly find a work-around for like the others.

We'll just bite the bullet on this one and use right-angle USB adapters like they have at NewEgg and CyberGuys.

Thanks much!!
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