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Darko Ibrahimpasic1 Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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Mar 22, 2011 4:06 PM
Hey guys,

I just purchased a new MBP 17".. I waited until this latest update for all the kinks to be worked out and I made a plunge earlier today.. So now I am looking for suggestions so i could utilize my express card slot.. I mostly deal with video editing and photography, however getting esata is kinda pointless as thuderbolt is now built in and just matter of time before HDD that support it start poping all over the place. Anyone have any suggestions for what other purposes I could utilize the express slot?

Thx in advance
15' 2.5 MacBook Pro & 20' 2.4 iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Mar 22, 2011 8:32 PM (in response to Darko Ibrahimpasic1)
    Probably the most useful thing you could put in the slot is a reader for camera cards, unless your camera uses CF cards. (Those are too big to fit inside the Epresscard slot, so CF card readers stick out and are bulky and very vulnerable to breakage.) For the increasingly dominant SD card format and all the smaller formats, there are many readers on the market that can be left in the slot full-time.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.7), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Mar 22, 2011 9:26 PM (in response to Darko Ibrahimpasic1)
    The ExpressCard slot is a lot more flexible than an SD slot. It's inherently adaptable to uses we may not have thought of yet, while the single-purpose SD slot isn't. Cellular modems, extra USB and FireWire ports, readers for high-capacity professional videocam storage media, and custom scientific equipment and instrumentation interfaces are all possibilities now. Who knows what will come along in the future? But in the meantime, a card reader is a fine, inexpensive, space-saving use for it.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.7), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • Timothy Holt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 26, 2011 4:52 AM (in response to Darko Ibrahimpasic1)
    I have and older 15" MacBook Pro and am thinking of upgrading, but need the express card slot which is no longer on the less than 17" machines.

    It is dead useful for those of us who require the ability to bolt external media directly onto the bus and benefit from the transfer speeds possible. To quote from a another forum - "It provides the best possible connection and the most possible bandwidth to a device so can do more than USB or Firewire can." (I corrected the English)

    I connect my external 8tb raid drive using an eSata expresscard/34 and it's as if it was inside the laptop. In fact, because it's Raid 5.0, I think it is faster reading and writing than the internal 5400 rpm drive.

    Similarly, when I get back from shooting a concert, and need to download thousands of raw images from my 16gb 600X CompactFlash UDMA cards - using an expresscard/34 reader is so fast.

    I need to shift large amounts of data from A to B as quickly as possible, and hate waiting around.

    I also have a 24 in 1 memory reader I carry when I have to download onto a windoze machine, but frankly - it is so slow, that I can cook a 3 course meal, have a shower, watch the news and come back and it is still chugging along in the slow lane.

    Using an expresscard CF reader takes 5 min.

    There are other uses for the slot, so it is bad news the newer MacBook Pros (With the exception of the 17”) have a single-purpose SD slot which for me – is a joke.

    I suppose there will be thunderbolt connections sooner or later, but we are now in the twilight zone between technologies where what was the best before, is now useless.
    MacBookPro 15" 2.6ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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