What are you using your ExpressCard slot for?

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know much about these ExpressCard slots and I was wondering what you guys use it for?

    Also, any SD card reader/writers you guys can recommend?
     
  2. azdude macrumors 6502

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    I use the Belkin SD Card reader, and leave it in full time. It doesn't impact sleep or anything like I've read of some others doing.
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it flush with the case? Nothing sticking out?
     
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  5. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    I use my slot for an esata card. For pushing a lot of pixels around, it really helps speed thing up.

    -mx
     
  6. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Please explain? What does this thing do, then?
     
  7. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    It allows you to connect sata HDs to the MBP and get the full speed of the drive. It literally quadruples (more if you are using sata 3.0) your bandwidth. In short, files transfer faster.

    -mx
     
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    eSata is the external SATA connection. Basically it's a hard drive connection for very fast read/write (3Gb/sec).

    [EDIT]opps, forgot to refresh page before responding.
     
  9. azdude macrumors 6502

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    The reader is flush with the case. An SD card sticks out <1 cm, so it's not like you can leave a card in the reader full-time.
     
  10. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Is this what you are talking about? If so, do you think it would still be flush on the new MBPs?

    Thanks
     
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    uses

    And I use it as a handy nook for quarters and other spare change.
     
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    That just gave me an idea... A macbook pro where you have to insert a coin to use :) That way you get some money every time your friend asks to use your computer. If only there was a express card for that...
     
  15. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    +1
    i also use it for esata to a HDD (for recording music)
     
  16. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    hey what card are you using?

    i have used 3 different cards and none worked more than a day.
    i personally talked to "apple people" at where ever they are, and they were a lot of help, and they pretty much replaced most of my computer, but still didn't work. they called me like every other day for a month to see how i was doing.

    anyway, that was a while ago though, maybe even 10.5.4, but anyway, ya i would really like to know what you have because for the day that i had it working, it was absolute s*x.

    i used the belkin card from the apple store, some $20 card from newegg which they replaced and then i still returned it, and one from best buy.

    ya i have two external drives, both with an esata port, but there only connected now through usb :(

    my mbp, did not look like a laptop when i had the card, two cables comming from that, audio cable, both usb ports being used, power, ethernet, dvi display port and one firewire drive i do not have any more.
    that is 8 wires if anyone is counting.
    i wish i had the new mbp, all the cables on one side would be so nice.
     
  17. azdude macrumors 6502

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    Funny story actually. I sold my 17" MBP in order to get the new 15" MBP, but I accidentally left the reader in the old machine.

    I have a new reader in the mail on the way to me, and will let you know if it's still flush. My guess is yes.

    Anyway, yeah, that's the one.
     
  18. JK.online macrumors member

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    Has anyone found a difference in how the Expresscard slot feels when putting a device in? I use a 3G Modem and in my previous Macbook Pro I could feel a solid click to push it in (whereby it then locked). I had to push it again a second time and it would 'unlock' and I could pull it out.

    With the new Macbook Pro I don't feel as much of a distinction. I feel that it goes in securely but it kind of semi-clicks. Is it just me or is this part of the new design?
     
  19. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    I use it for esata, makes cloning clients HDDs possible while doing a mobile service
     
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    Not sticking out/on the same plane.
     
  22. nawoo macrumors regular

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    Are esata cards basically just plug and play?

    because i just got this esata express card but it didn't come with any sort of MAC drivers. The drivers were for windows only.

    So i'm wondering if i would have any problems with the card
     
  23. futuremac macrumors member

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    I hear there's a lot of bad eSata cards which is why I will probably stick to FW800. Also hear about lots of problems with express card slots; I had issues with my PCMCIA slot in my PC and I figure this might be the same. I also hear voices in my head at night, and they tell me to kill furry animals.

    We'll anyway, I've never seen a card that sits flush.
     

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