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Laptop Buying advice (Interface card question)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by blackster, 15 Jul 2006.

  1. blackster

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 556

    Location: At My Desk

    Hi Everyone, I'm looking at buying a cheap dell laptop (Inspiron 1300) but the trouble is that the machine does not come with a PCMCIA slot, and has a "Pc Express port" or something, I've never heard of this type of port before and wondered if it was the new pcmcia replacement.

    Now the problem is i have a pcmcia vodaphone 3G card and also a pcmcia wifi card which I use an external antenna with when I'm out on the field to get a decent connection to "the cloud wifi network" as my current acer laptop doesnt pick up wifi signals very well in the car, so I use a small external antenna most of the time connected to the pcmcia card.

    So both of the cards i've got are going to be useless, but I was wondering if pc express slot is new, should i go ahead and buy it and buy a new wifi express card (if they are for sale) with an external antenna socket.

    Or should i be sticking to laptops with pcmcia? what do you guys think?
     
  2. V For Vendetta

    Gangster

    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 227

    its certainly a problem for you, express card is taking its time to get moving however in the long run it will be the defacto and is superior.
     
  3. blackster

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 556

    Location: At My Desk

    is there anything else that i could use with the dell that i could plug an external antenna into?
     
  4. V For Vendetta

    Gangster

    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 227

    I think dell have just released something like what you are after in the us
     
  5. blackster

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 556

    Location: At My Desk


    such as? i cannot find what you mention, if you wanna pm me the details then that would be great :)
     
  6. V For Vendetta

    Gangster

    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 227

  7. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    That seems to be a shop, you're bound to get he "No Competitors" post from the mods if it's not gone by the time they get here :)

    You could always PM him the link.
     
  8. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,993

    Location: England

    1. Thats not a shop.
    2. If it was you just quoted it. :p
    3. The PM system is disabled.



    You can plenty of usb>pcmcia adaptors.
     
  9. V For Vendetta

    Gangster

    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 227

    its the home of the people who invented cardbus and express card technology