Originally Posted by zeph Thunderbolt can handle only up to 6 devices???
Ick, please don't upsize your text like that. Anyway, one device can be an entire drive array, so you could chain six drive arrays for maybe thirty six hard drives, which would easily saturate the connection. Not that I know when such an array is coming, the one pictured in Apple's pages doesn't appear to exist yet, in Apple's store, at Promise's site, etc.
Originally Posted by zeph
I'm not really worried either, as it is sure to handle anything I would be likely to throw at it, but it surprised me as FW has a theoretical limit of 64 devices (IIRC).
The only disappointment for me is the 8GB RAM limit.
First, what are you doing that exceeds 8GB now or in the next two years?
Second, that may be all Apple has tested. They don't seem to advertise capability that hasn't been tested, for the lack of readily available memory cards.
The limitation on number of devices may be an issue of speed, the higher the clock rate, the harder it is to propagate the data long distances without corruption. That might change with optical Lightpeak, but Apple doesn't have that yet.
Originally Posted by mstone
Looks like the 17 doesn't have an SD card slot. I would rather have SD than the Express card since the only thing I use Express for is cell data which is just as easily done with USB now days.
Ideally, cell data would be built-in rather than needing an exposed dongle. I wish Apple would get on board with cell data built into their notebooks. Failing a built-in option, I'd much prefer an E/34 card than a USB stick that has a risk of acting like a lever and possibly break the port or card. I have a multi-card reader that plugs neatly inside the E/34 jack, so I'm set there.