ExpressCard slot useless?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jessy, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Jessy macrumors regular

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    What's the point of the ExpressCard/34 slot on my MacBook Pro? I've been looking for peripherals for nearly a year and have found zilch. (An eSATA adapter might be nice, but the ones I have seen are only for ExpressCard/54, and those all have two ports. Why do I need two ports?!) Any thoughts?
     
  2. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    Look for a company called Siig, they do loads of Express 34 card things.
     
  3. Jessy thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    You can rest assured the cost of including an extra port is not half the price of the card.
     
  5. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    Jessy - don't understand what you are talking about - even minimal search efforts will yield a number of eSATA 34mm ExpressCards. Go look at caldigit.com AND firmtek.com AND sonnettech.com.

    You need to learn how to search and check out various vendors if you have been doing this for a year and found nothing.
     
  6. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    Agreed. I've got the FirmTek one and it works great.

    Why NOT have two ports? additional cost is negligible. Just deal with it :rolleyes:

    If you ever get a dual bay enclosure (like my FirmTek /2EN2) it could come in handy. Plus it means true double throughput with a RAID-0.
     
  7. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    It seems many if not all of these express 34 slots stick out, is this how they all will be? I like my stuff portable, the old laptop slots had a button to eject because most of them would sit flush with the laptop.

    It would be amazing to have an express 34 eSATA card that had one slot and didn't protrude at all!
     
  8. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    I don't have my MBP with me at the moment - check out the thickness of the eSATA connector and compare it to the thickness of the ExpressCard slot opening.

    Therein will be your answer - and I suspect there will be no eSATA card that will be flush with the MBP.
     
  9. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    i saw an expresscard 34 CF card reader somewhere a while ago, looked the goods. stuck out a bit from the machine, but needs to, to fit the CF card... well designed, looked the goods. I'm keen actually
     
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I use a flash memory reader often.

    I have an '8-in-1' flash memory card reader that fits flush. The slot is 'click-in, click-out', so you press in and the card locks in, then you press in on the card again, and it clicks in a little, then springs out. (My memory card adapter is the same way, which means if I want to change memory cards while the card reader is in, I have to be very gentle, since at least the memory card reader takes less effort than the ExpressCard slot.)

    I've added a picture showing my ExpressCard flash reader with a Memory Stick Duo adapter with a Memory Stick Duo in it.
     
  11. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    ehurtley ... what make is you card reader? i am in the market for one and if you recommend yours it would be a good start!
     
  12. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Wow that card reader looks amazing! Does it support M2 cards?

    I don't need one at the moment but I'm going to look into that one, what company makes it?
     
  13. emw macrumors G4

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    The 5-in-1 reader is pretty nice, but unfortunately I typically need to read CF cards. Delkin makes what seems to be a reasonably priced one ($50 from Amazon) that I might pick up.

    I think it's the Griffin Tech one. Here's the specs.
     
  14. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I don't know who actually makes it, it looks like the Griffin one, though. (It was a throw-in with a Sony notebook, so it had a Sony sticker on it.)

    As for CompactFlash, just to warn you, CF cards are wider than an ExpressCard/34 slot, so any EC CF reader either is a EC/54 card, or it would stick out of the computer by quite a bit.
     
  15. emw macrumors G4

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    Yeah, that's the downside. Of course, it's better than carrying around the USB adapter.
     
  16. szark macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for that link, emw. I've been waiting for all the replacement pieces to become available so I can upgrade to a MacBook Pro, and that CF reader is exactly what I was looking for.
     
  17. emw macrumors G4

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    Glad I could help. Hopefully it will work well - I'll need to order it after Christmas and check it out.
     
  18. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    M2 cards go into a Memory Stick Pro adapter just like MS Duo Pro cards.

    Belkin makes an 8in1 right here
    Link
     
  19. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    I just bought one of these off ebay, even cheaper than the ones on this forum and it seems to be about as good. I'll post more comments on it when I receive it.
     
  20. poppe macrumors 68020

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    I hope they come out with some other express34 expansions though I don't know what yet. The 8 in 1 is awesome. Gonna have to get that for sure!
     
  21. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    WIth that I'll finally be able to load my w810 up with good music, something I've had trouble doing considering how slow it transfers over USB. It's DISGUSTINGLY slow!
     
  22. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    Well Yeah it is not HiSpeed 2.0 only regular so basically 480Mbp/s vs 12Mbp/s. HiSpeed USB 2.0 Card reader all the way.
     

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