Me, too. I'd also like to see Apple reintroduce the express 34 slot. Thoughts?some 12" laptops have an SD slot, 4 USB ports, eSATA, and an express card port. I'd like to see all of that.
I definitely see your point and I agree that I have absolutely no use (for now, at least) for the slot and would much rather see the added versatility of another USB port.I don't have much use for it, but with a lot of consumer cameras going with SD these days I can see why they put it in.
I fully agree. The express 34 brings way more flexibility and the option to use open-ended technology. While I cannot live without my 13" MBP, Apple took a step back, in my humble opinion.I can't see why anyone would want a SD card slot in place of an Express Card Slot. An express card slot gives your machine a lot of flexibility. A SD card slot is only good for one thing.
Laugh it up, funny man! Seriously, though, good decision. Enjoy your express readerI can't see why they put it in the 15", when an ExpressCard slot is more versatile.
That's why I rushed to get an early 2009 on closeout when the new crap was announced.
And if I cared, I'll even be able to pop in an SDXC card reader, HA!
I definitely see what you mean. Excuse my ignorance, but there is no difference, in terms of image quality, between storing images on an SD card and transferring images via USB, right?I am excited to snag a MBP w/ SD Card slot. I've been shooting to SD exclusively for a while now (Nikon, DSLRs) and it's easier for me to use the card than fumble around with a cable (cable storage, cable de-tangling, cable mating, camera transfer mode, etc).
Those are great points. However, disregarding the physical dimensions, wouldn't the open-ended technology of express outweigh the benefits of an SD card?I haven't used express card slot so far. My thoughts what I could do with it and why I am not using it:
1 Flash card reader.
- According to my knowledge there is no card reader which is flush with a body. Either a part of reader sticks out or a card doesn't insert in full length. Besides the only cards I use are CF and SD with a leaning towards 100% SD card use.
2 Esata port.
-This is nice feature, but I am quite satisfied with FW800.
3 express card based hard drive.
Cheaper ones are slow (I think they based on usb technology). New ones either expensive or have problems with heat or both.
So in my personal opinion SD card slot (flush and spring loaded) would be much more better thing that express card slot. Esata port also is not bad option.
Right, it's all just 0's and 1's no matter where you store it, or how you transfer it. Infact, it might be faster to transfer via SD Card than thru USB 2.0. Let me dig into that...there is no difference, in terms of image quality, between storing images on an SD card and transferring images via USB, right?
There IS at least one SD reader which sits flush in the ExpressCard slot. Downgrading the Macs to SD makes ZERO sense.Those are great points. However, disregarding the physical dimensions, wouldn't the open-ended technology of express outweigh the benefits of an SD card?
Thanks for checking that out and thanks for not taking advantage of my ignoranceRight, it's all just 0's and 1's no matter where you store it, or how you transfer it. Infact, it might be faster to transfer via SD Card than thru USB 2.0. Let me dig into that...
I agree, the pre-unibody MBP have way more value. Especially, given that, they have 6 (3 USB, FW400, FW 800, and express) ports. I definitely vote for the reintroduction of the express in the 13."I'm sure Apple saves money by not having a removable battery, not having 400 FW, and (above all) not having an express slot (which will accommodate a SD reader as well as lots of other things) on the new MBP. Also by charging extra for a matte screen. My 2.5ghz pennryn non-unibody MBP has all these things and is, I think, a better value than the new unibodies, especially since I just bought it and it cost me 1/2 of what a new machine would cost. The advantage to the new machines are 1. magnetic latch, 2. take up to 8 gb RAM (mine will take 6), 3. longer battery life (which may actually be a disadvantage), and 4. graphics chip that apparently is slower but less susceptible to failure than the 8600.