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Old February 29th, 2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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Laptop with sxs/34 card slot

What laptop's with sxs/express 34 card slots are EX1 users using ?
And what are your experiences with these laptops,eg good or not so good ?
I'm in the market for one soon and want one with a slot so i don't have to carry the card reader around.
What sort of transfer speeds are you getting ?
I'm after pc not mac because i want to install vegas on it.
And will i need to install the sxs driver ?

Thanks,Paul.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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I have just placed an order for an Asus laptop, for just the reasons you mention. It has not arrived yet, so I cannot answer your speed question, but you will have to install the SxS driver.

I tested this on my wife's Dell. Without the driver, the OS just doesn't know the card is there. Install the driver and the OS sees the card.

I am really curious how the transfer speed using a laptop expresscard slot compares to the USB connection to the camera.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:10 AM   #3
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I'm using an Hp Dv6000 series. A Dv6780se to be exact. I don't know exact speeds of the express card downloads, but they are extremely quick and this tapeless work flow thing is just mind bogglingly cool.

If your still looking, one thing that you might consider is an HDMI output. My notebook has one that I connect to my home LCD.

Also, I just ordered an Express card 34 eSATA card for just under a hundred bucks. I'm going to hook that up to some eSATA external hard drives in a RAID 0
array. This will allow sustained data transfer speeds about three times as fast as the same external hard drives hooked up by USB 2.0 or Firewire. This should really help with getting around the small slow laptop drive limitation for video editing.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #4
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Fujitsu Siemans do a number of models (Pi Amilo) that have Express 34 & 54 card slots. The only problem seems to be that Dabs and BT are the main stockists in the UK and their service is not a good experience.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #5
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I'm after pc not mac because i want to install vegas on it.
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Just out of curiosity, why do you prefer Vegas (and for that matter PC) to Mac and FCP? Now Macs can run Windows natively....so you can get both worlds if you get a Mac, while pc will remain a pc...
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Also, I just ordered an Express card 34 eSATA card for just under a hundred bucks. I'm going to hook that up to some eSATA external hard drives in a RAID 0
array. This will allow sustained data transfer speeds about three times as fast as the same external hard drives hooked up by USB 2.0 or Firewire. This should really help with getting around the small slow laptop drive limitation for video editing.[/QUOTE]


Thanks for the replies guys.

Exprees to esata,i've just had loads of problems with esata cards and drives,read my other thread on nle editing on pc section. I've gone back to fautless firewire.

Zsolt,i'm getting used to vegas now,that's wht i want to stay with pc,i can alo install vegas on another pc if if want,so that's going on a laptop when i get one.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 04:25 AM   #7
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Oops... My other business is in computers and as a Fujitsu Siemens partner in The Netherlands I'd advise you to get a Service Pack upgrade with your notebook to extend the 1 year warranty for a nominal fee. Support is provided by the Fujitsu Siemens Service Center (telephone, repairs, etc.) so you're not dependant on any particular reseller.

However, AMILO's are full featured consumer notebooks (even with built in eSATA), but therefore all warranty is "Collect and Return", which means you will be out of a laptop a good week or so if it breaks on that rare occasion. This is on par with other A-brand service levels.

The 'professional' series notebooks (Esprimo, Lifebook) offer longer warranty and next business day onsite repair options, but may actually lack some of the multimedia-type features.

Just so you know ;-)

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Old March 4th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #8
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Thanks for that info. I have a Fujitsu laptop bought nearly a year ago that is great and by luck has an express card slot. My comment on the suppliers is based on the fact that communication with them is only by email and some stupid chat line on the web. Life is too short to deal with such organisations.
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Well I have a Toshiba G45 and it has a Express card and a PCMCIA, firewire and USB2.0.

It will download a full SXS card (7.9GB) in less than 4 Minutes.

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