SD card slot usage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jamescharley22, Mar 30, 2016.


Do you use your SD card slot?

  1. Yes

    24 vote(s)
  2. No

    13 vote(s)
  1. jamescharley22 macrumors member


    Jul 4, 2014
    Kayenta, AZ
    Various times have I posted my ideal next generation MacBook Pro in multiple threads, but what I've come to notice is my lack of confidence in the continuation of the SD card slot. I've never used the SD card slot on both my MacBook Pros and my parents never use any of their media card slots on their PC. So the question now stands, do you use your SD card slot?

    If remaining Macs started dropping the SD card slot, would you be upset? Are you currently using a Mac that lacks an SD card slot and content? What is your stand on this?
  2. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I have a number of "half" SD cards that I alternate in and out of that slot, depending on the project that I am working on. It's a very convenient way to add 64, 128 or 200GB of extra storage to my rMBP.

    If Apple did away with them on future MacBooks (MBA or MBP), it would be disappointing, but not the end of the world.
  3. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    I manually copy my photos from my camera to my MBP. So, yes, I would miss the slot a lot (pun not intended).
  4. monstruo macrumors regular


    May 5, 2009
    If anyone who shoots with a camera, not an iphone, would appreciate the SD card slot.
    I personally use it all the time to transfer the photos, it is much more convenient than plugging USB cable to the camera.

    I'm quite certain a lot of photographers use rMBP as their tool during shoots. It would really be a hassle to have the feature removed.
  5. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    Yep, every time I transfer photos from my camera.

    I don't think it would be the end of world to lose the SD slot. I already have to carry a dongle for my iPad to read SD and it's not so bad.
  6. nahkampfwombi macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2016
    I dont have one in my MBA11" 2011. But I use an USB-Adapter for SD-Card usage.
    So I guess I would use my SD-Card slot a lot.
  7. marka351 macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2015
    Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
    My camera takes a micro usb cable to connect to a computer the only device that I own that uses that cable so instead of taking that one cable with me when I travel I just take the card out of my camera and insert it in my laptop or desktop. I find it very convenient having a SD card slot and would be disappointed if it is not there.
  8. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    My main camera is my iPhone which doesn't take an SD card :)

    And my DSLR is an older model that uses a CF card...
  9. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Very rarely... it annoys me that it doesn't fully insert.
  10. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    I use mine, but for a 128GB Jetdrive Lite to help my 256 SSD have some breathing room.
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    AFEPPL wrote:
    "Very rarely... it annoys me that it doesn't fully insert."

    If the card "fully" inserted (flush with the exterior) -- how would you easily be able to remove it ...?
  12. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Problem solved:
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  13. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    I use it because I have several digital cameras that use SD cards. It's a great convenience feature.

    I used to have a camera that used compact flash cards. I would always forget to bring it on a trip and I'd end up buying another one. To this day, I still have half a dozen of them sitting in a box.

    At some point, I'm sure they will go away.
  14. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I use it to drag and drop my iTunes music onto the SD card that I use in my S7 Edge all the time.
  15. Alex225 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    I have an SD slot on my iMac and I use it regularly. I could use a cable to plug in the camera directly but it's easier to pop the card out and bung it in the side of the machine.

    That said I'm glad I have the last model with an optical drive as I still buy CDs and rip them to iTunes as well as burning CDs to use in cars (be it MP3 or CD Audio).
  16. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    Or Apple could just use a spring loaded retention mechanism? A lot of cameras and other devices work this way. All you need is a small indentation to press the card and activate the release.
  17. alphadog808 macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2015
    Have you ever seen a laptop that wasn't a macbook?
  18. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Have a Nikon and a microSD to SD card reader to transfer stuff between my external HDD and my HP Stream 7 so the SD slot sees a surprising bit of use, more than I originally presumed.
  19. BoneDaddy Suspended


    Jan 8, 2015
    I use the flush adapters with 64GB micros. The option is one that would piss me off if taken aways. I use it on all of my Macs.
  20. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    I use mine at least once a week, used it yesterday in fact. I use it to read SD cards from my cameras and it's by far the fastest way to import photos/videos.

    I use it a lot on my rMBP and MBA, and I really wish my iMac had one so I didn't have to use a card reader. I came from a Late 2008 MacBook that didn't have a card reader to one that did and I'd very much like it to stay. I use every port on my machine right now, so I'd hate to lose any of them. HDMI to my monitor, TB to ethernet, USB 3 to external HDD, another to a hub, SD reader, audio out to my speakers, other TB port to FireWire 800 sometimes. I'd be inclined to stick with this Mac for a long time if Apple decides to remove some ports. Hopefully they don't on a "pro" machine, but I wouldn't bet on it.
  21. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I have several "half" cards that I use in the SD card slot.

    Both PNY (StorEDGE) and Transcend (JetDrive) make cards with fixed storage sizes. Current models are 64 and 128GB.

    TheMiniDrive and Nifty make cards with removable MicroSD cards and currently support sizes up to 128GB.I have several brands, as well.

    The StorEDGE has a small lip that sticks out just enough to allow you to grab it to eject the drive. The other versions sit completely flush with the rMPB, and have little slots where you can "hook" them with the provided tool to eject them.

    Nifty Mini Drive
    PNY StorEDGE
    Transcend JetDrive

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