Archive for the ‘Express Cards’ Category

Archive for the ‘Express Cards’ Category

Add SATA to your Laptop quickly and easily

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

If you’ve got a new laptop then its most likely going to have a express card slot on it to allow you upgrade the laptop after you’ve purchased it. Express card slots have replaced the old PCMCIA standard and come in two different sizes: 34mm and 54mm. If you’ve got the 54mm slot then any 34mm card will also work.

If you have got an express card slot and want to add SATA capabilities to your laptop then we have a couple of solutions for you. SATA is the new superfast interface and standard that gives data trasnsfer speeds of up to 3GB per second. Lots of new external data solutions are now using SATA becuase we’re all saving much larger files (movies, games etc) that need to be pushed around at faster speeds.

Apiotek Extreme eSATAII Express Card Adapter Apiotek Extreme eSATAII Express Card Adapter

These cards are manufactured by Apiotek and support PC and MAC.


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Express & PCMCIA Additional Connectivity

Monday, August 17th, 2009

For some reason or another I always hear… “Nope, I have two USB ports though”, “I have a firewire but only one USB!”, “No, I don’t think I have wireless on my laptop” or the infamous “I can’t see where it plugs into”.  Connectivity isn’t the most straight forward thing in the world. The real issue lies with the manufacturers as they are forever developing new technologies and integrating these in the new computers you see lining the shelves in PC World! This creates a problem for those of us who still wish to use old or existing devices.

PCMCIA

More specifically this article is tailored to laptops and the reason is simple, most laptops still have either an ExpressCard or PCMCIA slot! This allows us to add a host of different ports to your laptop that would normally be very costly. For example, you can add up to 4 (Sometimes even 6) extra USB ports without having to purchase a separate external hub. You can easily add Firewire, Multi-card readers, WIFI cards, eSATA and even old serial ports!

The first thing is to determine what you have… Is it an ExpressCard Slot or a PCMCIA Slot?

You can find this in your laptop manual, simply ask a friend or call us, we’ll be glad to help: 01604 684816. You’ll find Express Cards are the most common of slots available today. There are however, different sizes you’ll need to make note of when ordering. Please see below:

Express Card

The most common  size is the 34 & 54mm slots. ExpressCard slot are hot-pluggable, meaning they can be activated by connecting them while the computer is on. The ExpressCard/54 is L-shaped with the external portion measuring 54 mm wide and the connector at 34 mm (same port as the ExpressCard/34). ExpressCards communicate with a higher bandwidth than a PCMCIA card because they function through both the PCI Express and USB 2.0 paths. Many laptop manufacturers incorporate an ExpressCard/54 slot into certain models, including Acer Aspire, Panasonic’s Toughbooks, and late-model Gateway notebooks.

18-in-1 Express Card – Memory Card Reader

18-in-1 Express Card - Memory Card Reader

This APIOTEK 18 in 1 Express Card adapter (its a memory card reader/writer)

£14.63

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2 Port Firewire (i.Link) Express Card

2 Port Firewire (i.Link) Express Card

The card will provide you with 2 X High Speed Firewire 400 Ports to your laptop.

£19.95

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Firewire + USB 2.0 Express Card Adapter

Belkin N1 Wireless ExpressCard

The Belkin N1 connects your notebook computer to your wireless network.

£22.46

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