Poll: Memory card slot in Merom MBP?

Do you want a Memory card slot in the Merom MBP?

  • Yes

    Votes: 10 22.2%
  • No

    Votes: 35 77.8%

  • Total voters
    45

bodeh6

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Would you like to see a memory card slot in the next revision of the MacBook Pro? I would. I have one in my Acer laptop and use the SD and MS Pro slots quite a bit. They should have a 5 in 1 like

1. Secure Digital (SD)
2. MultiMediaCard (MMC)
3. Memory Stick (MS)
4. Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro)
5. xD

SD being the most popular I am sure a lot of people would find this very handy as I have.
 

mustard

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Dec 28, 2005
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NJ
bodeh6 said:
1. Secure Digital (SD)
2. MultiMediaCard (MMC)
3. Memory Stick (MS)
4. Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro)
5. xD

SD being the most popular I am sure a lot of people would find this very handy as I have.
I doubt it very much but if they did, I am 100% sure that they would include the most popular/standardized professional media - a.k.a. Compact Flash.

P.S. - Secure Digital and Multi Media Card are the same exact thing with the only exception being a write protection switch that is available on SD
 

Silentwave

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May 26, 2006
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Gainesville, FL
frankly, i'd rather they not. I like expressCard just fine, and you can now get CF readers for it, which means i'm good. I'd rather they give me another USB port and FW800 too on the 15" model.

a card reader would probably mean less space, meaning potential elimination of expresscard. Not good, because I like my FW400 and eSATA expresscards!
 

Bill Gates

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Jun 21, 2006
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No. I don't want them to add a memory card slot. The only thing Apple needs to do is to replace the ExpressCard 3/4 slot with an ExpressCard 5/4 slot. Then the consumer can choose whatever card he or she desires, since any card will physically fit. With the current slot, CompactFlash cards won't fit. This makes no sense at all considering that they are the most common media for digital cameras and the like. If they put in a memory card slot, like the one on the Toshiba I'm typing on, it's just a waste of space, especially if it becomes incompatible with future revisions or versions of that format. For example, MemoryStick readers and MemoryStick Pro cards; CF Type I and Type II.
 

echeck

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Apr 20, 2004
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No.

I don't see Apple ever doing this. If it was something they were interested in doing it would have already been done.
 

Koodauw

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Nov 17, 2003
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I don't understand why people are opposed to this. Would a small slot on one side being that much of a problem? You wouldn't even see it when you were using your laptop.

I personally would love this. I hate having to get out my 5 in 1 reader and cable every time I want to upload photos. And when your on the go, this would be a huge plus.
 

mustard

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Dec 28, 2005
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NJ
Koodauw said:
I don't understand why people are opposed to this. Would a small slot on one side being that much of a problem? You wouldn't even see it when you were using your laptop.

I personally would love this. I hate having to get out my 5 in 1 reader and cable every time I want to upload photos. And when your on the go, this would be a huge plus.
The problem for me wouldn't be the opening(s) but the dead space involved to allow for card insertion. Apple being as size & space conscientious as they are, already opted for less features in a smaller form factor - EX. 15 inch MBP not having DL -DVD/RW or FW800
 

memoryleek

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Sep 15, 2006
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Koodauw said:
I don't understand why people are opposed to this. Would a small slot on one side being that much of a problem? You wouldn't even see it when you were using your laptop.

I personally would love this. I hate having to get out my 5 in 1 reader and cable every time I want to upload photos. And when your on the go, this would be a huge plus.

I wouldn't like to have the card reader. I think it would cheapen the appearance of the computer. I could see it in the MacBook (still wouldn't want it) but definitely not in the MacBook Pro. What's so difficult about using an external card reader? Or just use the camera itself.
 

bousozoku

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Jun 25, 2002
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Having used one machine with a card reader, knowing that it isn't a fair test, I would not want one to be designed into a machine.

These things change far too often and it would become old technology too quickly. Keep things relevant by putting an interchangeable graphics card in the machine or something else that would be far more useful to everyone.
 

Lollypop

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Sep 13, 2004
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bousozoku said:
Having used one machine with a card reader, knowing that it isn't a fair test, I would not want one to be designed into a machine.

These things change far too often and it would become old technology too quickly.
I agree, they change to fast to have it permanently integrated, but would it kill apple (or third party vendor) to replace the expresscard slot thingy with a card reader? that way no more space is consumed, people dont have to buy something from a 3rd party until the next big thing comes along, and apple gets to say that they also support the flavour of the month.
 

TheMasin9

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Dec 22, 2004
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Huber Heights, OH
Koodauw said:
I don't understand why people are opposed to this.
quite frankly, have you seen some of the laptops with 5/1 card readers, they look totally trashy, like a dell or an hp or something, either buy a 5/1 reader for usb2, use your camera, or quitchercryin.
 

tvguru

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Apr 29, 2005
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Kenora, ON Canada
If there was a single dominant card then I wouldn't have a problem with a build in card slot. But since there is so many different kinds, there is no point as I would rather have the sleek looks of the MBP over the extra thickness of the card reader. Where would they put it?
 

The General

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Jul 7, 2006
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My SD card folds in half and I can just plug in right into the USB port, so that would be useless to me, 'cept maybe it would save me the time of folding it in half! :p
 

bousozoku

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Lollypop said:
I agree, they change to fast to have it permanently integrated, but would it kill apple (or third party vendor) to replace the expresscard slot thingy with a card reader? that way no more space is consumed, people dont have to buy something from a 3rd party until the next big thing comes along, and apple gets to say that they also support the flavour of the month.
It costs far more to put a card reader into the system than the $20.00 that we pay here for one. The part that HP or Dell or any of the others use probably costs less than $5.00 but the engineering costs probably contribute another $25.00 per unit just to carve out space and make connections with the motherboard USB.

For what it's worth, given history and the Mac OS/Mac OS X compatibility with PC Card devices, I don't see why Apple even bothered with the Express Card/34 slot. In the U.S.A., it seems as though hardware companies go out of their way to make it difficult to provide compatibility with Apple products.
 

Lollypop

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Sep 13, 2004
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Johannesburg, South Africa
bousozoku said:
It costs far more to put a card reader into the system than the $20.00 that we pay here for one. The part that HP or Dell or any of the others use probably costs less than $5.00 but the engineering costs probably contribute another $25.00 per unit just to carve out space and make connections with the motherboard USB.

For what it's worth, given history and the Mac OS/Mac OS X compatibility with PC Card devices, I don't see why Apple even bothered with the Express Card/34 slot. In the U.S.A., it seems as though hardware companies go out of their way to make it difficult to provide compatibility with Apple products.
Let me clarify my statement, the expresscard slot has a plastic protective cover (as far as I remember at least), why not replace that protective cover with a complete yet removable removable card reader? The expresscard allows for card pluged in to either access the systems as a PCI express device or a USB device, the reader would simply use the USB method of access, but being removable would still allow the end user to change the format of the card reader slot evice, the slot device would also allow for a continues look for the macbook pro, give us a flexible memory card reader as well as a express card slot.