ExpressCard/34, whats it good for?

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  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

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    Other than storing lint, what good is this port on my MBP?
     
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    Using as boot SSD, using it as Firewire port, using it as e-SATA port, using it as .... . There are many ExpressCard /34 cards out there. Maybe you find one to your liking and even needs?
     
  3. kellen macrumors 68020

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    I use mine as a card reader, as my early 08 didn't have one built in.
     
  4. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    You can add pretty much any kind of port to the MBP using the expresscard slot, esata, usb3 or more usb2 or fw800 ports. You can also get bluetooth mice or remotes that can be stored in there. Why you would want a mouse that size is beyond me but it does goes to show that there is quite a variety of expresscard accessories.
     
  5. mulo macrumors 68020

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    do share
     
  6. robanga macrumors 68000

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    USB3 and eSata are the big ones i can think of. There are various digital music interfaces too i believe.
     
  7. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice! I would like a card with some media reader ports and SATA too. Where do you find these cards?
     
  8. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    I use it for CF Card reader, and eSATA. That was the main reason I got the 17" instead of the 15".
     
  9. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    For 80 or so bucks you can buy an adapter that'll go Into your expresscard slot and give you 1 or 2 full sized desktop pci-e 16x slots. You can't run the very latest twin sli cards with 1 Gb of memory because of limitations of the Ex car itself, but lightweigt video cards as well as pretty much anything that has Apple drivers (windows drivers if you use bootcamp) can be installed on the MBP. expresscard owners don't know how blessed they are :').
     
  10. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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    personally i use it as an SD card reader, but the possibility's are endless.
     
  11. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    USB2
    USB3
    FW400
    FW800
    ESATA
    SPDIF I/O
    Modem
    Ethernet

    Also, 3G and Wimax modems

    I can't think of any other ports people would be interested in having on their laptop.
     
  12. henry999 macrumors newbie

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    throughput & bottlenecks

    OK, I've found an external 2.5" drive enclosure from AMS (called the DS-2188NEU3) which accepts an HDD or SSD at SATA I / II. It bridges the drive to USB 3.0. The other end is an ExpressCard/34 card with a USB 3.0 port. Now, with such a chain

    SATA II > USB 3.0 > ExpressCard/34 (PCIe?)

    what kind of throughput into the MBP could a guy expect? Where would be the weakest link / bottleneck? Would it be better (in real life terms) than FireWire800?

    TIA

    cheers,

    Henry
     
  13. vant macrumors 65816

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    And this my friends, is why we need Light Peak. It's like a compact version of EC/34.

    SATA2 supported. USB1-2-3 supported, mDP supported, Ethernet supported, FW supported, HDMI supported, the list goes on and on.
     
  14. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I ment links to like a usb3 port that I could use. slim fit ofc.
     
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