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Minimum acceptable amount of USB ports on a computer?

#11El_KazPosted 11/8/2012 10:28:59 AM
Currently using 9 on my desktop (+ USB hub), can go up to 11 with charging cables.
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#12DV8ingSourcesPosted 11/8/2012 10:29:43 AM
Well the topic asks what the minimum acceptable amount is, so IMO that's 4. Mouse and keyboard, and 2 others for whatever. For me its my headset and controller. I prefer more for things like charging cables, and other peripherals but I could live with 4 easily enough.

All kind of pointless when you can just buy a hub if you had less ports.
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#13Dante200XPosted 11/8/2012 10:34:09 AM
Definitely 4 would be the minimum. Most people use at least 3 everyday items, so having 1 extra should be enough.
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#14Digital StormPosted 11/8/2012 10:34:36 AM
Actually, my keyboard has two more USB ports too. USB ports everywhere...
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#15Orestes417Posted 11/8/2012 10:35:55 AM
Considering hubs exist, one would suffice. Going with two though, for laptops
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#16CheeseCurlsPosted 11/8/2012 10:46:45 AM
1. Mouse
2. Keyboard
3. External HDD
4. Phone
5. PS3 Controller
6. Xbox Controller
7. Headset
8. Bluetooth adapter
9. Flash Drive
#17cody4783Posted 11/8/2012 10:52:18 AM(edited)
Agree with 4 being minimum. Even though I use/prefer at least 6-8.

Hubs work, but unpowered ones really limit your options for more power hungry devices.
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#18YoungAdultLinkPosted 11/8/2012 10:51:01 AM
Since I only use my desktop for gaming, pretty much, I said 4. I use a ps/2 keyboard so that's one USB slot free. I've got one on the front to plug a mouse into, one for my bluetooth dongle for motioninjoy and an extension running from the back so that I can plug my PS3 controller in to charge. I'm not using any of the other USB ports right now.
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#19arleasPosted 11/8/2012 10:53:05 AM
I bought a powered USB Hub because I ran out of USB ports... I don't use everything all at once, but I'm not going to reach back there every time just to use something for 5 minutes either.
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#20Mike_HD2Posted 11/8/2012 10:53:06 AM
Stupid poll considering in the OP you even wrote down two separate numbers.

On a laptop i can make do with two USB ports just fine, i rarely ever plug anything in other than flash drives. Don't need a mouse because the trackpad on my MBA isn't garbage.