Apple is clearly working towards making solid-state storage a standard for its MacBook line, which means our notebook computers have never been speedier. The only problem is, the flash storage Apple uses is still pretty expensive, and so most of us have to settle for less of it when we’re buying a new MacBook.
That means we either need to come up with ways to decrease our data consumption, or add cheaper external storage for things like our iTunes libraries and torrent archives. If you’re going for the latter (the easier option) then you need the Nifty MiniDrive, an SD card specifically designed for MacBooks that you’ll hardly ever notice.
Unlike standard SD cards, which always stick out of your MacBook like a sore thumb just waiting to be snapped in half, the Nifty MiniDrive is designed to sit flush against your MacBook’s unibody. That means once it’s installed, the only way you’ll know it’s there is that you’ll no longer have a big, gaping whole in the side of your machine. To remove it, you simply slide a paperclip through the small hole on the side of the device.
The great thing about this Kickstarter project is that it isn’t actually an SD card at all. Instead, it’s more of an adapter. You see, it actually houses a microSD card (up to 64GB) that you can swap out anytime. This allows you to quickly switch between different cards when they run out, and you’re not tied to a set amount of storage.
Like any Kickstarter project, the Nifty MiniDrive needs your support to enter production. At the time of writing, you’ll need to pledge just $30 ($35 with international shipping outside the U.S. and Europe) to secure one Nifty MiniDrive in a color of your choice, or $60 for two. That’s a bargain if you ask me.