It’s not always possible, but we appreciate when accessory developers make it easy to enjoy newer hardware technologies inside older Macs. That’s what QuickerTek has done with its new QCard 2 ($149). The card replaces the AirPort card already in your notebook computer, adding 802.11ac capabilities to bring it in line with what Apple is shipping these days. There are only two models that are supported, but that’s better than nothing.
Designed to fit the 13” MacBook Air and 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, QCard 2 does require some installation. Thankfully, the company provides an easy-to-follow guide, as well as five lobe and six lobe screwdrivers. It’s a bit of a process, and yes, you void the warranty of your Mac, but if you’re running a new AirPort Extreme and want to take advantage of its speeds, QCard 2 is an option.