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Do new laptops have a two prong or three prong plugs

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Do new laptops have a two prong or three prong plugs

Do new laptops have a two prong or three prong plugs? Hopefully they've done away with 3 prong wall plugs on them? It's been a few years since buying one.

And if they are now two prong is the effective length still about as long or have they cheaped out and gone with shorter cords?
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Why would they do away with them?
I prefer them to 2 prongs.

It depends on the manufacturer. Some are 2. Others are 3.
Same with the next comment. Some cords are long. Others not so much.
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What's wrong with three prong plugs? Unless you live in an old house that has never received wiring upgrade, there's no concerns of compatibility.
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I love 3 prongs, it stops the stupid cables from falling out or going on an angle for my cat to chew and kill himself.
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It seems to be more a Canadian thing. We've purchased the same laptop from Canadian and USA suppliers, and the power supply for the Canadian version has a 3-prong plug while the U.S. one has a 2-prong plug.

2-prong is better for travelers, fits more foreign plugs and adapters.
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Thanks for the feedback. Yup it's an old house. The wall outlets are very few and far between and two of the rooms haven't been upgrade d to grounded outlets.. Hate having to deploy the thick ugly three prong outdoor extension cords.
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fergy wrote: Do new laptops have a two prong or three prong plugs? Hopefully they've done away with 3 prong wall plugs on them? It's been a few years since buying one
Depends on the AC adapter that gets shipped with the unit. Dell, Microsoft, IBM, recent power supplies seem to be 2 pronged.
If you have or get a 3 pronged supply, you can always replace it with a 2 pronged one.
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Faith24 wrote: It seems to be more a Canadian thing. We've purchased the same laptop from Canadian and USA suppliers, and the power supply for the Canadian version has a 3-prong plug while the U.S. one has a 2-prong plug.

2-prong is better for travelers, fits more foreign plugs and adapters.
My Lenovo laptop has a 3 prong plug, and it may be a U.S. version (I'm assuming as my keyboard has no extra characters, as opposed by some customers who noted their laptop came with a French Canadian layout).
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Why don't you use one of those cheater plugs?

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