Quote from obarthelemy on August 10, 2011, 18:07
@abishur: interestingly enough, your laptops already do have a keyboard, mouse/trackpad, wifi, hard disk, and probably bluetooth too. Imagine having none of those and only 2 ports... wouldn't you feel restrained, as in "hub mandatory... couldn't they just have included more ports" ?
On a side note, you're supposed to be able to stick USB2 stuff into a USB3 port. I know I can on my Asus E-350 (something something... Mi ?) deluxe.
This is very true, but I also mentioned my desktop would have a hard time handling all that as well
I admit that in my hay day I was big into USB peripherals as well I'm talking USB missile launcher and LCD status display + all my "essentials": printer, scanner, mouse, keyboard (I refused to use the included usb->PS/2 adapter), video capture card. It was ridiculous I had to purchase extra PCI USB cards in addition to using the extra 4 port USB header on my motherboard.
Tales of younger me aside, the ultimate reason I'm not too worried about extra usb ports is because I see the r-pi heading more towards specialization than being the jack of all trade device. You know I get one for acting as a storage server, one as a media relay , one as my webserver, ect. Maybe I'll be able to combine a few of those, but I don't see the r-pi having the horsepower (so to speak) to handle all of it. Of course if it ends up being able to I'm sure I'll be right there with you going "couldn't you add an extra port?"
Also, I thought the same thing about USB3 and USB2, it has the little USB symbol next to the port, but I just can't get anything to fit there