View Full Version : What do you use the ExpressCard slot for?

16th August 2010, 01:08 AM
I have a late 2009 model MacBook Pro (Unibody, with a removable battery/HDD and has an ExpressCard slot), and am lost about what to do with the ExpressCard slot. I've been looking around for a ExpressCard card reader, I'd get a fair bit of use out of it since every other laptop I've owned prior had an SD reader.
What do you guys use it for, or do you recommend any SD readers for it?


16th August 2010, 06:23 AM
Looks like most of the choices are card readers and eSata/Firewire ports:

PCMCIA/Cardbus and Express34 Notebook Expansion Options (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/notebook_accessories/PCMCIA_Express34_Cardbus)

I know some people use it for high end audio recording and I am sure someone had an external PCIe holder that you could plug a video card into but it might have just been a prototype.

16th August 2010, 06:35 AM
Yep - mostly for Express Card access to multiple ports or ports you don't have, such as:

A Silicon Image eSATA Express Card with two eSATA Ports



Or a Silicon Image Expresscard 34 FireWire 400 + USB 2.0


Or a Silicon Image Expresscard 34 FireWire 800, with two FireWire 800 Ports.


16th August 2010, 09:14 AM
i have an unlocked BigPond modem that i use for connecting to wireless broadband. Its frees up a USB port and its much faster than the standard USB modem that is available from Telstra.

16th August 2010, 09:46 AM
ExpressCard SSDs are available. Another option is a Compact Flash reader, if you have an SLR.

16th August 2010, 11:10 AM
See this thread :)


16th August 2010, 12:17 PM
This would be awesome....if it had drivers for OS X

Belkin : High Speed Docking Station (http://www.belkin.com/highspeeddock/)

16th August 2010, 05:25 PM
I've got one of these:
(not me btw)

and use it for SD cards, it supports SDHC as well.

I also use an expresscard to esata adaptor i picked up in Hong Kong for my external hard drives.

16th August 2010, 06:13 PM
Two uses here - one is as an eSATA point and the second is the import slot for the Sony SxS cards (Sony EX-1 video camera).

18th August 2010, 10:36 PM
We use three interfaces for it - Silicon eSata 2x port, direct read of Sony SxS cards and AJA i/o Express interface for FCP output and ProRes capture input.

19th August 2010, 11:24 AM
About a year back Hardmac ran a snippet about using it for an off board GPU.
Now, that's what I'm talking about!
If it did come to pass, I imagine the chances of a Mac version would be slim though.
Other than that, I use for an SDHC card reader and an esata drive.
Warning here - always buy the best express card you can afford. The cheapos from Honkers can be a pain.