SD card slot usage

Do you use your SD card slot?

  • Yes

    Votes: 24 64.9%
  • No

    Votes: 13 35.1%

  • Total voters
    37

jamescharley22

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Original poster
Jul 4, 2014
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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?
 

dwfaust

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Jul 3, 2011
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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.
 

Tenashus1

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

monstruo

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May 5, 2009
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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.
 
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boast

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Nov 12, 2007
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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.
 

nahkampfwombi

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Jan 7, 2016
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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.
 

marka351

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Aug 29, 2015
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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.
 

robvas

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Mar 29, 2009
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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...
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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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 ...?
 

MacInTO

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Apr 25, 2005
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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.
 

Alex225

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Nov 2, 2012
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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).
 

alphadog808

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

RoboWarriorSr

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Feb 23, 2013
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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.
 

BoneDaddy

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Jan 8, 2015
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Texas
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.
 

BrettApple

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Apr 3, 2010
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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.
 

dwfaust

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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.

theMiniDrive
Nifty Mini Drive
PNY StorEDGE
Transcend JetDrive