Acting on the Act of Port Finding


Hi there, community!

Time goes so fast, and we are heading toward the end of the year. But, some things still stay the same even when we move forward in time. Here, we want to talk about port placement and the experience of finding them. Sometimes, ports are a bit difficult to find, aren’t they?

Undoubtedly, they are designed to be hidden to keep all those connected devices and cables hidden from view. This design principle has been an industry standard for decades. For Spectrum, in particular, current port placement and orientation were requested by our community members. So from here, we can see that people are happy with the current standard.

Viewed from below the Spectrum, from left to right: DP 1.4 ports, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DC power port, USB-B upstream port, and USB-C upstream port (although the last two are hidden due to the lighting). These are considered slow-moving ports because they are less likely to be changed or fiddled with during normal usage. Its location at the bottom portion of the back makes them more difficult to access.

Reinventing the wheel

Even though it seems like there is no need to reinvent the wheel, sometimes we wonder if things can be improved. Mainly because not everyone has the luxury of a plug-in-and-forget setup. Spectrum, in particular, comes with a USB hub that many people utilize. The hub and all other ports are located at the back of the monitor, making them a little difficult to access. To offset this, we placed the ‘non-permanent’ ports that are most likely to be changed more often on the side of the back housing where they can be more easily seen and reached.

Some “compromises” were made on some devices too. Some PC housings include a few “fast-moving” ports at the front for easy access (usually USB-A ports and headphone jack), but most ports are still located at the back of the housing. Some housings even omit the front ports altogether for a much cleaner look.


Then a question came to us: is it possible to improve the experience of port finding? Or are we just being picky? Maybe it doesn’t matter at all, and there is no point in improving the experience because we have hit the “plateau of port finding.” But we can’t conclude anything ourselves, and we would like to hear back from you!

Below you will find two simple polls on this topic. Please keep in mind that we are talking about the location of port placement in general, not just Spectrum.

Finding ports at the back of the device is difficult
  • Yes, it’s too difficult
  • No, it’s easy

0 voters

Are you bothered by the port placement at the back of the device, as opposed to the front/side, where it is much easier to access?
  • Yes, I am bothered, and it needs to be improved
  • No, I am not bothered at all

0 voters

If you have any ideas on how devices can be designed to make finding ports at the back of the devices easier, post your comment below, and we’ll discuss it together!


It’s true that Eve/Dough are incapable of finding any ports, particularly in the EU. If their port finding is improved, maybe then they’ll be able to ship in 2023 the products they promised for 2020, 2021, and 2022. :slight_smile:


This made me laugh so hard :rofl::rofl::rofl:

I beg to differ… any device plugged into the Spectrum will be reset (off/on) when it wakes from sleep:

Display “Idle to On” transition resets USB Hub - Products / Spectrum ES07D03 | User Experiences - Dough Community

Can’t see the use for it besides for a keyboard/mouse? :woozy_face:

USB Wi-Fi? you will get disconnected
USB Ethernet? Same as USB Wi-Fi
USB headphones? Maybe not such a big deal here, depending on hp quality, you prob hear just a “pop” or nothing at all
USB hardware license: some apps may not like this disconnect/connect “feature” :rofl:
USB HDD/SSD: for sure I would never use these in the hub, this reset behavior may induce data loss/ corruption


Having the hub reset also causes minor issues with a mouse and keyboard. The hub tends to reset just before the Spectrum is ready to show an image on screen, and it takes a few seconds for the reset to finish and for devices to reconnect.

My work laptop’s display has died recently, so I’m using it in clamshell mode. When the laptop wakes from sleep, it takes about 15 seconds to get to the point where the Spectrum shows the login screen. I then need to wait another 3-5 seconds for my keyboard to come back to life so I can start typing my password.

The extra 10-15 seconds caused by the Spectrum’s slow video handshake and USB hub reset aren’t exactly super long, but they’re long enough to be a major irritation.