The new boards let you order the more rugged type B (big square boxy) connector as an option. Remains to be seen what the new TingG2 boards use since they don't seem to be shipping yet. You can buy a $1000 2016 Simple if you want one, not sure that's really that cost effective. If they're the same price as the AVR board (minus the glitzy graphics...) I'd seriously consider upgrading.
I've seen hot melt glue recommended, but haven't tried it. However, if I ever take the board out again I will. The connector on my board was resoldered, and still works. I use a short mcroUSB extension cable that's zip tied to the base, as recommended here when the Kickstarter bots were new. Not bulletproof, but it helps.
A Coherent3D Mini controller has just shown up here for the K40 Laser, it's ARM based and uses Smoothieware. Still need a few more small parts before installing, including a $10 graphics LCD (if PB sells them for ten bux I'd get one of those, no question), but a review is likely in it's future. If you haven't noticed Moose are big ARM controller fans, even though we have 4 legs and no arms.
Modified KickStarter Classic Plus 7/2012
KS Thingybot Delta Pro 10/31/16