From Lenovo to Apple, 2021 laptops require USB-C ports on both sides

Recently, many Lenovo laptops crossed my desk and finally it clicked on one of the things I couldn’t do with any of them-connect a USB-C device to the right side of the device.

in the case of Yoga 9i, As you can see in the video above, there’s a decent excuse for that, as the device needs to make room for the pen, 8th generation X1 Or 2nd generation E15, There is no excuse.

In both of the latter cases, Lenovo feels like trying to keep the laptop design in the past by including the standard USB-A port as the only USB port on the right-clearly wireable. To handle it, just connect to the new port.

The· E15 2nd generation I’m particularly confused. The machine contains Intel’s latest generation of silicon, but with two USB-A ports running USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 respectively, plus one USB-C port that doubles as a power port. There is. Good luck if you want to connect a USB-C monitor or USB-C cable and charge your phone with your laptop powered on at the same time. You don’t have to think about the future with this device.

Now there is a clear solution to this problem. Get a USB-C dock and stop complaining. However, Lenovo dock range It costs everywhere from AU $ 160 to AU $ 550, which is far from cheap dirt. The additional cost is consumed by the enterprise, but for cost-conscious consumers, the dock cost is a significant addition to the billing amount for the additional port.

A perusal of user reviews of such docks will show many complaints that the laptop cannot be charged from the USB-C dock, or very slowly, especially under heavy load. If the mileage is certainly different, I’m using the Dell USB-C dock on my Lenovo laptop mentioned above and it works fine.

It’s been six years since Apple decided it was possible blow off Using a legacy USB port and choosing a single USB-C port has started a dongle and dock hell for users just because it’s possible. At the same time, we foretold the first salvo of people requesting USB-C ports on both sides of their laptop.

Oddly enough, Apple offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports split into the last 13 inches of its kind and two sides. 16 inch Intel MacBook Pro, But the latest 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro screams I left the USB-C locked on one side.

Many other vendors are a little better.

HP It seems that they prefer to keep the USB-C port on the right side, Asus Is a clap with a specific line that limits USB-C to one side, but other models have them, and Dell is a mixed bag.

There are no USB-C ports on either side of the Inspirons, XPS line A rare glowing light about how it should be done.

The port problem is certainly far away, The most pressing concern In modern computing, more than five years have passed since USB-C was properly introduced, and the problem continues to get worse. Laptop manufacturers continue to steadily offer USB-A ports with legacy support.

Perhaps the real answer and lack of motivation to leave is to buy a laptop and use it in public.

“Previous Lenovo models were designed with a USB-C port on the left side for docking compatibility,” a spokeswoman said. ZDNet..

“Some of the latest series 9th Generation X1 Carbon And 6th Generation X1 Yoga, No longer supports mechanic docking. USB-C remains on the left because customers value and prefer consistent port placement across different series of devices. ”

Needless to say, the vendor’s financial reports I examined never mentioned port placement as the reason for the decline in sales. People just do it, maybe get a dock or dongle and get to work. It’s great to be able to skip the possibility of desk reorganization every time a new laptop comes out just because you’ve switched laptop makers. Similarly, it would be nice to turn off the replaced USB port, but the ecosystem and user base seem to be stuck in the middle of the USB for a while.

The beast of these four USB-C ports was too beautiful for Apple, and the M1 laptop was back in two ports on one side.

Image: Apple

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