Questions about Expresscard/34 slot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TeddyLeroux, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. TeddyLeroux macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2009
    i am thinking about getting a 17 inch macbook pro in the future and was wondering what you can use an expresscard/34 slot... is the expresscard/34 slot more use than the sd card slot or is it the other way around?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    These slots can accept FireWire 800 (1394B), Serial ATA external disk drives, solid-state drives, wireless network interface cards, TV tuner cards, soundcards, additional memory and memory card readers, among other things.


    It has much, much, much more uses than an SD card slot, as one could buy an SD card reader for the Expresscard slot, but not buy an Expresscard reader for the SD card slot.
  3. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Definitely more useful.

    Currently I use the expresscard mostly with an expresscard ssd to hold my iTunes library and iChat logs. Because I wipe my hard drive a lot and because my iTunes library is massive, I normally would leave the library on an external hard drive which was annoying to have to plug it in all the time to use it. At least the SSD is pretty much flush with the notebook so I leave it in there.

    I also use it with an eSata card but that's not as often.

    Course there are tons of other stuff you could use it for like even buying a flush with the case 21-in-1 card reader instead of being limited to just SD. You can use it with external video cards (though buggy at the moment with some macs), extra firewire or extra USB ports, external sound card (Creative's is only for Windows, I believe, tho), heck there's even a PCMCIA adapter.

    All in all, even if I only were to use it for SD card reading, I'd still want the expresscard slot as a "just in case". There's just so many choices.

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