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    why USB?

    I think it's great that USB is starting to hit the market but what are some of its advantages? I know that it's a universal standard (pc/mac). Also the whole plug-n-play stuff too. Good data transfer too i guess. But would their be any performance benifits of getting say...a pair of USB speakers for example? Any insight would be helpful thanks.

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    USB speakers make bugger all difference IMHO. USB keyboards are a bit of a waste, they're just a gimmick. Some things, USB is great. USB mice have a higher sampling rate which transfers to smoother action in games. USB peripherals such as cameras and the like are good because you just plug them in and they work.

    Some things are good, some are gimmicky and some are just useless.

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    IMHO

    Motivation behind USB is to reduce price of entry level machines, This is supposed to make it easier for more people to get into computers and therefore create more customers of MS Windows.

    On the desktop it provides little benefit. In order to connect printer, keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner & speakers you need 7 cables. USB cables get just as tangled as standard ones. Any cost saving in the P.C. is quickly gobbled up by purchase of first HUB. Also consider, what is now an internal device may need an external power supply and additional packaging in the USB version (eg. USB Zip Drive for IMac VS IDE Zip Drive). Result: Your entry level cost was lower, but the cost of adding devices is much higher.

    USB has enormous potential in handheld and laptop markets. In these markets, size is everything. Cost is secondary when you consider that a High end laptop costs 3-4 times an entry level P.C. The ability to connect up just about anything using only two small connectors is an obvious bonus.

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    IMHO

    Motivation behind USB is to reduce price of entry level machines, This is supposed to make it easier for more people to get into computers and therefore create more customers of MS Windows.

    On the desktop it provides little benefit. In order to connect printer, keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner & speakers you need 7 cables. USB cables get just as tangled as standard ones. Any cost saving in the P.C. is quickly gobbled up by purchase of first HUB. Also consider, what is now an internal device may need an external power supply and additional packaging in the USB version (eg. USB Zip Drive for IMac VS IDE Zip Drive). Result: Your entry level cost was lower, but the cost of adding devices is much higher.

    USB has enormous potential in handheld and laptop markets. In these markets, size is everything. Cost is secondary when you consider that a High end laptop costs 3-4 times an entry level P.C. The ability to connect up just about anything using only two small connectors is an obvious bonus.

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    Read my posting on the PCI USB Card and you can get an idea of one big benefit from USB, avoiding the world famous IRQ shortage.

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