Many laptops have ports on one or both sides: chargers, USB ports, a headphone jack, video out, etc.
However, it’s often quite annoying to find the ports. People often forlornly scratch at the side of their laptop for several seconds while trying to attach a cable to an out-of-view port.
The difficulty of finding a port is shown in Figure 1.
The solution is so simple that it’s amazing that (apparently) no laptops have this feature: just label the ports on the top as well. You can even do this yourself with a piece of tape or a marker (Figure 2)!
Does it slightly reduce the slick aesthetics? Maybe. But the benefits of not having to lean over your laptop every time you look for a specific port can’t be overstated.
Why aren’t laptop port labels a factory-standard option? If you still aren’t convinced, look at Figure 4.
These indicators can also go on the lid of the laptop, in case you occasionally connect ports to your laptop while it’s closed.
PROS: This is a legitimately good idea!
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