The BEST way to add flash storage to a MacBook Air!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tmanto02, Oct 28, 2012.

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    tmanto02

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    Someone in another thread mentioned this. But I think you MacBook Air owners will be really interested in this awesome contraption! A simple way to add permanent storage to your MacBook Air.

    Introducing Nifty!

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    http://theniftyminidrive.com

    I'll be buying one for sure. Any card up to 60mb/s will work (i.e. sandisk ultra 64Gb)

    Come on 128gb micro sd
     
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    Wow. Quite a clever integration I must say! However the price is kinda nifty! ;)
     
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    Yeah no doubt it cost 5 cents to make however I think it's an brilliant little solution and it's chump change to support an awesome Kickstarter project.
     
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    Definitely! I've been looking into buying a SD card for extra memory, and this really offers great integration. The SD micro cards (as Sandisks) feels quite expensive! And 35$ added to the price of a card ends up being a pricey option.. But a nice one that is!
     
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    That looks good but it is more expensive and seems like it may be hard to remove if/when necessary?

    I'll just use my micro 32Gb USB flash drive...
     
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    Shut up and take my money!
     
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    But as another poster wrote in the thread; why not just use a normal SD Card?
     
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    Not flush. Nifty gives flush fitting, semi-permanently-installed storage.
     
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    Not sure I understand the difference, but is it because a normal SD card will stick out?
     
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    yes
     
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    it's perfect for some downloads and stuff that just sits on the SSD and doesn't get used that much. perfect!
     
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    Ahhh. Thanks for clearing that up!

    It's really a nice invention, but the cost is over the top for me.

    Just gonna use Dropbox instead
     
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    Ah this is nice! I never seen this before. My question is does any of you know how to remove it? Does it come with some kind of paper-clip like metal tangs that can precisely clip onto it and pull it clean out?
     
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    If you read closely the mention a twizzer needed for removal (included)
     
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    An extremely elegant solution, and $100 for removable, expandable storage is a very good deal IMO. Would be ideal for keeping an Aperture or Lightroom Library on with settings if you used more than one machine.
     
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    and great for a time machine backup of your most important files on the go
     
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    Don't be confused. Dropbox still takes up space on your SSD (and doesn't add space for that matter). But yes, you can selectively sync folders/files and exclude them (and thus only have them in the cloud), but that'd mean you'd always require an internet connection for access.

    Don't get me wrong, I would tattoo Dropbox across my forehead if I could, but it's not exactly comparable to having an extra 64GB always accessible.

    //I have ~25GB of Dropbox, which I placed inside my 50GB of Box storage... double syncing! :p
     
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    Oh, yeah of course. But I think it's ridiculous that the adapter costs 35$, when a micro sd card costs about the same..
     
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    So this thing was funded by donations and they're charging a 35,000% markup (assuming it costs about $.10 to make)? Even though all of their R&D and prototyping costs were paid for? Not to mention that $35 is more than an entire SD card most of the time. It is a Nifty device, but I think they can shove it.
     
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    Indeed. Problem is, they are the only ones making such a solution.. Unless a normal SD card won't bother..
     
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    Not really by donations - the people who funded it get one (or more) depending on how much they gave.

    The raw materials are the least important part of bringing a product to market.

    Apple sells cables and adaptors (in far greater volume) for similar prices. I don't see a problem with the amount they're charging for a unique product with more limited appeal.
     
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    Excellent point. Let's be fair for every player in the game. These guys had the initiative to do this and pulled it off. Should Apple or another company had made this, they would sell it at the same outrageous price until competitors came along. Let's support the new players instead of keeping rich the usual suspects.

    Go to an Apple Store to see any iPhone/iPad Cable or similar simple accessory selling from $19 - $49 for what cost them $1 or less at their mass production partners in China. I don't see anyone complaining about that.

    These guys are charging a Premium because they can..... just like Apple. Until someone else comes along and makes a similar product. You can buy it at that price if you see the value in it or you can chose not buy it... Decisions we make with all purchases in general.
     
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    I've got to say that this is an awesome idea - brilliantly simple. The lack of the SD card reader is pretty much the only regret that I have with ordering the 11"

    David
     
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    Well I just bought one. I think it's a great idea!!!!
     

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