What is ExpressCard/34 good for on MBP?

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  1. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

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    I am wondering:
    Who uses the ExpressCard/34 on his/her MBP?
    What do you use it with?
     
  2. sepu macrumors regular

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    yeah I would love to hear what is this for as well ...
    I've no idea what I can use it for ..

    Thanks.
     
  3. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    I am looking at getting a card reader but I cant find a good one. I have a feeling that Belkin do one but getting hold of it in the UK isnt easy. Alot of people use them for wireless internet with US service providers.
     
  4. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    External SATA I & II hard drives is an excellent use for the 34 mm ExpressCard slot.
     
  5. jlanuez macrumors 6502

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    Belkin CF Card reader

    I just bought the Belkin CF card reader from B&H Photo.
     
  6. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    How does that work? Can you get external drives that already have a SATA connector? I always throught of SATA as internal only!
     
  7. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Does it only read CF? I have a Sony Camera with the Memory stick thing. My girlfriend has a CF camera and if would be great if both worked at the same time on it.
     
  8. kraftzwerg thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is that faster than connecting through FireWire?
    Where can you get a hard drive that connects to the ExpressCard slot?
    Thanks!
     
  9. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    SATA external drives / enclosures are available from many sources and provide hard drive performance WAY BEYOND any internal drive. I run SATA external drives on my Quad and will be purchasing the SeriTek Express Card for my MBP C2D shortly.

    The way it works is simple: SATA drive goes into an external enclosure (coolgear.com) > eSATA cable goes from external hard drive to 34 mm ExpressCard SATA plugged into your MBP. You can also purchase ready to go units from places like g-technology.com or caldigit.com

    They offer very high hard drive performance with RAID striping active.
     
  10. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -R.Youden

    It appears it's either-or. Probably going to need to get one for each.

    Expresscard/34 for Memory Stick
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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  13. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Wow what is the cheapest eSata card? These look amazing and my external hard drives supports it, so I can erase winXP from my interna HD and just run it off external when needed (Full speed 7200 rpm for games!!).

    Also there seem to be different versions, anyone know what the difference is?
     
  14. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    This is something i kind of have a gripe with apple about. I think they switched to the new expresscard/34 design way to early. You cant hardly find any useful ones anywhere. :rolleyes:
     
  15. DSD macrumors newbie

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    I'm really with the first post on this.
    I'm really a bit lost on how I can use
    this. What I would love to do is get
    uncompressed video into my Macbook Pro.
     
  16. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    Did you read my response #9 in this thread. What are your specific questions?
     
  17. gcrowell macrumors member

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    Verizon Wireless EVDO card. Ubiquitous Internet access, at a good clip. No need to find a hotspot....
     
  18. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    How much is the subscription to this per month?

    Sounds pretty useful !
     
  19. gcrowell macrumors member

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    $80, all you can use... if you are already a Verizon customer, you get a discount.
     

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