Originally posted by concentricity
I'm honestly curious, have you ever seen a PC with 4+ USB ports, all of which were full? I work at MIT, and I've never seen it. Also, what prevents that rare USB-device-freak from using one of the USB 2.0 ports to plug in a 4, 8, 12 port USB 1.1 hub?
Yeah, I have. Printer, scanner, keyboard (they DO use a port), media card reader, Palm or Windows phone, mouse.
That's six. A game controller would be another, etc.
Remember that these ports are NOT made to be continually plugged into. They are rated for a couple of hundred of plug-ins at MOST. In my electronics supply catalogs, some USB port parts are rated for >>>50<<< insertions.
Many devices don't work through a hub, powered or not.
Apple is selling these machines on the simplicity of the desktop. In their ads, they even remove the wires.
A hub destroys the "look" Apple is trying to achieve. And that is the LEAST important part of it. >>>50<<< insertions. You might get lucky, but then you might not. I've seen these ports fail.
On my Powermacs, I have several Firewire cards, and several USB cards, on each machine, sometimes.