I know what you mean about the power and Ethernet connections.
It really does annoy me that Netgear make the plastic-housed switches with both power and data connections on the same side of the unit, but insist on having those same connections on opposite sides of metal-housed switches.
Also, why no black version of the plastic units?
We're not all Apple hipster/fanboys who want everything in white.
Some of us are real men who want our electronics in any shade of BLACK. :)