Good things to use for the express card slot?

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  2. James Cole macrumors 6502

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    I was going to ask the same question... never used the express card before...
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    ESATA Cards, TV Tuners, Cellular Broadband Internet/Wi-Max, card readers, etc.

    The Express Cards are just the PCIe version of PCIMCIA (PC Card) on other/older laptops.

    TEG
     
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    You can buy a slot holder for it to hide cash.
     
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    You can buy 32/64GB flash cards that go to ExpressCard slot. Only problem is that they fall into 2 categories:

    (i) crap, slow and rubbish
    (ii) nice fast and VERY expensive

    The advantage is that you've got lot's of extra space and the card stays inside the chasis all the time (unlike usb stick that, well, sticks out).

    There was also this funny thing -> a small expresscard computer with linux and everything that did the antivirus, firewall, whatnot, using all it's internal hardware rather than your cpu. Kind of funny, but don't see why I'd use that over just software.

    Overall, ExpressCard is mostly pointless....
     
  8. xoggyux macrumors 6502

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    multimedia card reader and esata adaptor in my opinion are the most useful expansions.

    you can also add internet cards but they are mostly rubbish as the internet is painfully slow (you are better off finding free hotspots and using the wireless card)
     
  9. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    Belkin SD card reader from Apple store. It completes my MBP, in terms of ports/connectivity. Works great, doesn't stick out the side, so I keep it there permanently.
     
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    I have to disagree with that opinion.
    For being available across my whole city, I enjoy 3G very much on my iPhone.
    Sure, it's no T1 connection, but like I said... it's available everywhere at any time. For on-the-go connection, when you probably wouldn't be downloading gigs of information anyway, it's pretty nice to have.
     
  11. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    I so agree with that! I also have the Belkin and it works great!
    I have to admit, though, that at first I wanted to hide some condoms and illegal drugs in there.. you know.. for school.. :p
     
  12. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

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    Doesn't work:p
     
  13. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with you as well, plus it's a secure connection so you can do your online banking and not be worried about someone sniffing your packets.
     
  14. Regaj macrumors member

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    Broadband Card! Mine gets T1 speeds.

    Internet everywhere, not just in the city near a WiFi spot...
     
  15. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    What card and carrier are you using?
     
  16. Regaj macrumors member

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    Verizon Wireless
    Verizon V740 Card
     
  17. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I have a 3G AT&T Wireless card in mine. Really cool. I wish my MBA had one!
     
  18. NickM macrumors 6502

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    How much does AT&T charge for the card?
    How much for the service?
     
  19. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Card is $99 (for one year contract or free for two-year contract), service is $59 per month. Works really great. Surprisingly fast. We can even watch streaming HD content on it. Great when away from wireless network.

    I give it to my kids sometimes to use when go to their mom's house as she doesn't have Internet (or has dial up). Then with me, we take it with us places on weekends so they can watch movies in the car and etc. I use an MBA as my primary Mac, and use the MBP one day per month for work... so really it is for the kids primarily.

    I definitely recommend the AT&T 3G Data Service. It's really nice for $59 per month.
     
  20. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I like having the internal one. Simply dialup. :)

    Not sure if any Mac laptop has a WWAN slot in them, but it's definitely nice not having to install any card.
     
  21. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    I use my PCMCIA slot for a card reader. I leave it in the computer all the time.
     
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    nah i tether my iPhone (yes i have net share) with my air all the time and it's slow but it gets the job done
     
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