Originally Posted by Djembe
Well, my three-year warranty officially expires Wednesday. It's funny that when I got this notebook, I'd never have imagined that I'd ever actually use 5 USB ports at the same time
(external hard drive (uses 2), TV tuner, printer, and iPod), the card reader (I've used SD cards with it), or SPDIF (digital output to my Logitech Z-5500 speakers), and the only games I played with any regularity were Starcraft and Myst 3: Exile (since then, I've played several hours of Battlefield 2, Command & Conquer Generals, Battle for Middle Earth, some Sega Genesis & Sony Playstation games via emulators, Civilization 3 Complete, Half-Life 2, and most recently Guild Wars). I burned my first dual-layer DVD over two and a half years after I bought the computer, and I've even found some convenient uses for the AudioDJ buttons on the front (they're great for ejecting discs without booting up an operating system). It just goes to show that you never quite know what you'll end up using your notebook computer for and it's better to be prepared.
I agree with you on not imagining ever using 5 usb ports. I ended using all 4 usb ports fulltime on my Sager and needing a 5th for interchangeable use but had to compromise on the 4th port on that Sager.
I try to buy laptop that I can grow into (buy with more features: speed, expansion, capacity, etc).
Due to budget constraint I ended up buying the Asus M50VM-B2, only has 4 usb ports so I may need to get a usb 2.0 PC card. (which I hate to use, since the ones I have tried sucks or have issues).