MSI's CX640MX Notebook is a Right-Hander's Dream, Left-Hander's Nightmare

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MrBlueCheese

I think MSI should have built two computers (one for left-handed and one for right-handed) and model them as different computers.

 

Or, we could use  Keith E. Whisman's idea and put the ports on the back?

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Eoraptor

The problem is that almost all modern laptop lids hinge so that the lid of the laptop angles backwards, past 90 degrees, and covers most of the back of the laptop. Only a few "old school" boxy laptops like lenovo, the Toshiba M780, and some toughbooks still use the "hinge on top" design that leaves the back open.

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Eagle70ss

Except about any Dell Laptop. Even Dell's newest laptops(Inspiron, XPS)use the upper hinge style where the back ports would still be easy to get to even if the lid was opened past 90. 

Dell even placed some ports on the backside.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/laptops?~ck=bt#facets=55846~0~5930681&p=1

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Eoraptor

that's true, and I just noticed that today.

Still, ports on the back are also a bit more prone to snapping off, because most people are prone to tiling a laptop "back" when standing up from using it IME, meaning ports along the back take stress more often than those along the side, especially if they also have a headphone jacked in the front of it. I have a couple customers I've had to tell "no, your mouse is fine, the jack in your laptop is just worn out." (or vice versa) But YMMV

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Kaze

1 in 20 people is a lefty right? so they simply catered to the market. Brilliant move imo, and then some other manufacturer should wise up to the move and market a similar one, but just to lefties (*in smaller quantities obv.)

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Kaze

BTW, I wonderr why they insist on shipping with built in DVDs. I haven't used a DVD in a computer for close to 2 years.

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Eoraptor

A lot of people between the coasts still do. I got used to not using one after getting my tablet, but I service a large number of PC users who would be utterly lost without the ability to install games and software off of DVD/CD. Especially customers living in areas without high speed access.

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Eagle70ss

First off, who uses a mouse that close to their laptop to where the cables would even matter. Unless your mouse has a proximity bomb inside(too far? Go Boom!). Most of my common ports are on the right side of my E5500 and I also use the mouse on that side. I never feel that the cables cause an obstruction. Cords on wired mice are plenty long(usually) and a wireless mouse can be placed virtually anywhere.  I love the design. It's more like a Fatclient with all ports conveniently placed in one location.

 

Peace

 

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Markitzero

I am mainly a lefty but I also use both hands and I noticed on this pic the touchpad is almost the same position that my current laptop has I have an Alienware Auroa M9700. I have all the main ports on my on the Right and the Sound ports like Stereo, analog surround and Fiberoptic Sound on the left.

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Keith E. Whisman

They could just locate the battery in the front of the laptop under the palm rest area and put all the cables in the back of the computer. There problem solved. Hell that would actually ballance the laptop so it would be more inclined to stay on your lap when being used. My laptop is heavy in the back with the display open and it seems that it's easy to tip over when on my lap. That and gummy rubber strips along the bottom of the laptop would make it great. Now just get rid of the heat by directing the air flow through the display bezle and no more toasted family jewels. There I've thought of everything. 

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Eoraptor

meh, I'm an Ambi and I find this offensive, I like the freedom to mouse and key with whichever hand is convienient. especially in places where space may be tight on the right!

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imagonex

I hate typing a comment only to have it not show up in the preview then having to start all over again! AURRGH!! Switched over to Opera. Could be IE9, not sure. Anyhoo, it's a real pain in the (sic).

Products: think twice before buying if you're left-handed. Sometimes it's just common-sense or mediocrity at its best.

I'm left-handed. I buy what suits me and I can always find a workaround.

PS. Some women think being left-handed is sexy. Bonus points.

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win7fanboi

ha ha

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benvoliothefirst

Lefties unite! Down with the righty oppressors!

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chart2006

My favorite holiday is August 13th.  That's because it's national left handers day.  I will admit that a majority of things I do is with my right hand even though I'm left handed.  I suppose it comes from being forced to use my right hand as a kid.  I also read that only about 25% of left handers are true (do everything left handed) left handers.  Unfortunately I fall in the other 75% category where I use both hands rather than my left more so. 

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timlider

I'm a Lefty and use the mouse like a Right Hander. In fact their are many of us that do it this way. Basically, for gaming and typing. Keyboards most of us use are Left Handed friendly anyway :)

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Spartacus

Yeah I'm a lefty too and I can't imagine how hard it would be to use a mouse with my left hand. I really don't think that as many lefties use the mouse with their dominant hand as people think do... I've never seen anyone who uses the mouse with their left. I would really appreciate a design like that, as its pretty annoying when I need to use a port on the right side of the laptop and then the cable gets in the way of the mouse.

 

I love being left-handed. Since most things are designed for right-handed people, those who are right-handed often end up with their left hand just sort of being there to occasionally assist with two-handed tasks. But lefties are forced to learn to use many things with their right hand, meaning that my right hand is much more capable than most peoples' left hand.

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nedwards

I'm a lefty too, and I use a keyboard and mouse in the righty fashion. It's just easier this way, especially for gaming. IJKL just doesn't feel as right as WASD for some reason. 

 

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TMc51

Same here.

 

I've always felt much more comfortable with my left hand on the keyboard, and my right witht he mouse. 

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AnglicDemon00

I am not to surprised by this move. Since there are a lot more people who are right handed then left. Even more so, I am prettty sure there are a good amount of people who are left handed, though use the mouse with the right ( I am one of them.)

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