ExpressCard/34 Buyers? Guide
Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:10 AM
please do not forget the ExpressCard wireless modems, like the 3G/ HSDPA card from Option (as many networks now offer this advanced speed):
Thanks for your article,
Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:18 AM
As for the MacBook Pro, there certainly is room for the wider ExpressCard 54. The 54 costs no more to manufacture than the 34 and the 54 could accommodate a CompactFlash card reader.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:54 AM
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:57 AM
If you're a pro and need the expansion of the slot, then get a pro laptop and stop complaining.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:12 PM
Re-read the part of the article under the heading "Storage". I guess lot's of people do.
>To top of your argument, the reason these super cheap PC models have it, is b/c many of them lack the ports already included on the fully featured (minus the card slot) macbook.
Just what ports are those? Lot's of PCs have firewire (which is more than I can say for the Macbook Air)
Some of the most ?UN-pro? PC laptops have BOTH an ExpressCard slot AND a built-in flash memory card reader.
Obviously, when you occasionally emerge from your mother's basement and talk to people face to face, you don't attack them just because they are not fanboys.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 07:19 PM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 08:18 AM
Voltage is not power. It's likely that the ExpressCards do have less power consumption, but you can't tell that directly from the voltage specs.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 08:22 AM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:51 AM
It's important to EJECT the card's iconfrom the Desktop AND be sure to power down the card from the Finder menu BEFORE pulling out the card. Otherwise, you can crash or worse.
The majority of users don't need a machine with a card slot. It helps keep the price of the MacBook low and differentiates between it and the MacBook Pro.
If you've got a MacBook and need a card reader or some type of expansion, buy a device that uses the FireWire port. Contrary to the FUD and popular mythology, USB2 is extremely inefficient for use with hard drives and such. USB2 is ideal for input devices, NOT mass storage and large file transfers, whereas FireWire was DESIGNED for that type of usage. Google it.
I don't quite get the fixation with built-in memory card readers. There are numerous card formats. What if yours isn't supported? Besides, it adds to the bulk, complexity and cost of the machine. For $10 you can get a tiny USB2 card reader from Iogear or the like. From companies like Lexar, you can get FireWire readers which are far superior and much faster than the USB readers.