Why two power ports on a budget laptop??
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(08-03-2020, 02:44 AM)KC9UDX Wrote: If it didn't come with a barrel jack, I'd probably go through the trouble of installing one.  It seems to me that people hate them for two reasons:

1) they are old technology and therefore "ugly" and "dirty"

2) there are too many standards for different sizes

I find them to be much, much more reliable and less fragile than the USB plug alternatives.  Plus, you can plug them in by feel, one handed.  The only drawback is that they don't normal handle data along with power.  I often wonder why USB didn't use a 4-pole barrel jack.

In ye olden dayes, we didn't have trouble with the different sizes.  Universal adaptors all had at least 4 different sizes built in. But that's too old-fashioned apparently.  Maybe someone decided they are "unsafe" or something, I suppose.

I have happily used USB-C chargers since the HP Spectre X2 (2016).
Once I bought the LG G5, I decided to go all in with USB-C.
I still have devices with other ports, like cameras and wireless headphones, but once I need new ones, I will only choose ones with USB-C.

I can easily plug in USB-C one handed, so I don't understand your complaint there.
There is a problem that because of security, some devices no longer work properly with all chargers.
One example is my Yi 360 camera, that I can only charge with a cheap USB-A to USB-C adapter cable, as I can no longer charge directly from a USB-C charger.
Funny detail is that my phone refuses to charge with that cheap USB-A to USB-C adapter cable.

But in general I'm really happy with USB-C.
Now I only need one charger for my laptop and phone.
And even when I forget to bring a charger, there is someone around with a USB-C charger.


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RE: Why two power ports on a budget laptop?? - by jiyong - 08-03-2020, 04:28 AM

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