ExpressCard - what does it do?

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  1. fstfrwrd macrumors regular

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    I was just reading the MBP specs page over at apple.com and I stumbled upon an 'expresscard slot' that's present in MBP's.

    I gave it a quick google but I couldn't find anything I could understand (quite the tech noob)

    so, in plain english, what does it do?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's a card you plug in that allows you to add things like USB ports, Firewire, eSATA; possible add a cellular modem or additional ethernet ports.

    It's like adding a device via USB, except this allows the card to slide into the computer and the connection speeds are a lot faster.
     
  3. fstfrwrd thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, correct me if I'm wrong, it's only useful when you have to establish multiple USB / Firewire connections at the same time and you need more than just the built-in ones?
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Or want connections that aren't available. For example eSATA and SATA.

    Basically, the Express Card slot can be used for many things. I've seen many options, to include Flash memory.
     
  5. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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    I think you can also get 3G or Edge cards for internet on the go.
     

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