Why no SD or other memory card slots on MacBook?

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  1. anastasis macrumors member

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    It seems that the MacBook would be the perfect condidate for an SD memory card slot on the side, since the Express cards are not readily available yet. Are there any specific reasons why Apple continues to keep it off?
     
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  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I don't think many people would use that feature, as most cameras and whatnot hook up through USB, and if you're going to put an SD slot on there, you'd really have to add a ton more for all those other formats. Plus, you can always get an external card reader if need be. No need to complicate the sleek design.
     
  5. fowler. macrumors 6502a

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    because if you add an sd slot, you'd have to add a slot for compact flash, ms duo, and every other mainstream flash media.
     
  6. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    I don't need that crap on my laptop. You can buy a $30 dongle for it you want it. This is what is meant by "keep it simple". I hate the whole "everything and the kitchen sink" approach a lot of PC laptops take.
     
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    Talking of keeping it simple, doss anybody know of a CF card reader that connects WITHOUT a stupid cord? e.g. plugs into USB2 like a Shuffle?

    The cords seem so pointless for a laptop.
     
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    If you have a Powerbook, I think they make CF readers that fit in the PC card slot. The MacBook Pro doesn't have any out for it yet, I'm pretty sure.
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You mean like this one?
     
  10. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I've been considering a Cardbus CF reader. But a few points I'm not sure of:
    Can you keep them plugged-in all the time?
    Do they protrude from the case at all?
    If you're meant to remove them when not in use, are they hot-pluggable?

    Finally, seeing as the Cardbus slot has been dropped from future Macs, it seems like a poor investment.
     
  11. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a

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    Or how about this? Eliminate the need for a reader all together!
     
  12. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Yes!
    And I could use this as a flash/jump drive too, right?
    ...$12 is a bargain.
     
  13. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty neat. But my camera uses CF...
     
  14. andrewface macrumors regular

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    its easier to just get a universal external card reader...saves space and weight and can read all different types of flash cards
     
  15. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    It's all about asthetics. Putting a card reader would make a macbook loook sooooo ugly.
     
  16. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    i once had one duck taped to the underside of my desk, that was really nice because it was plugged into a USB hub located behind the monitor and was easly accesable, now glass desk and ducktape socially unacceptable.
     
  17. Firstdance2000 macrumors newbie

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    Using a USB card reader will give you what you want for the Mac!
     
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    I'm surprised that none of the first 16 reply's never noticed this...
     
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    See you all again in this thread in 2026...
     

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