Dear Lifehacker, I want to take advantage of my ExpressCard/34 slot on my laptop. I only have 2 USB ports and was thinking of getting a USB 3.0 Express Card adaptor. But are there any other cool uses for ExpressCard out there? (I know of the usual suspects, USB adaptor and wireless broadband.) Thanks, Dan
The relatively dull-sounding option of expanding your available USB ports is probably the most useful. Realistically, there are far more USB devices that ExpressCard ones, so that will give you the biggest range. While getting a USB 3.0 reader for backward compatibility might sound tempting, there aren't many 3.0 devices as yet and power access could be an issue.
I don't claim any special expertise here, though, as I've personally never owned a machine with an ExpressCard slot. So let's put it to Lifehacker's readers: what have you found handy to plug into an ExpressCard slot? Tell us in the comments.