What will I miss with out a fireiwre?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MacBH928, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    I am like many , confused by apple's decision
    and started to think about getting the white book, but then I stopped when I heard that display is inferior.
    Then I thought what am I missing with out a firewire?

    I have firewire on a lamp imac, I love it for its speed and great use. I thought firewire was the future. Now apple is abandoning it, I do not know why it seemed so good. I thought USB 2.0 is better and faster than firewire, but I hear people complain its slower.

    What am I exactly missing if I chose the laptop with no firewire. I am looking forward to do some video editing, watching media from an external hard drive, backups, and more...

    So is this firewire really important in the first place?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    if you want firewire, get the white macbook

    then again if you dont need it, then you dont need it right lol
  3. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    If you don't know what you'll miss, you probably won't miss it.
  4. gsampson macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2007
    I use firewire for my external hard drive. I would live without it though if I had to.
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    USB 2.0, despite being rated at 480mbps, is FAR FAR slower then FireWire400.
  6. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    First off as NewMacbookPlz noted above while USB's specified transfer rates are a little higher than FW 400 in real world terms USB never comes close to its ideal rating. Neither does FW 400 for that matter, but it comes far closer to its rated transfer rate than USB due to the methods used and in the end can transfer data far more quickly than USB 2.0.

    Your comment about video editing is the thing you should be most concerned about with no FW port. While there are some camcorders out there that can transfer footage over USB, the majority do not so you need to be extra careful if you are dealing with a Mac with no FireWire. Don't be confused by the fact that many camcorders come with both FW and USB ports on them-- the inclusion of both types is very misleading as most of them can only transfer video footage via FW and the USB connection is reserved for transferring still shots stored on the camcorder only.
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    Actually the majority of consumer-mid grade camcorders use USB now.
  8. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    i barely see firewire devices around. i have a unibody macbook (in my signature) and have not wanted to use the firewire once. even for things like firewire target disk mode... say hello to a thing called an ethernet cable :) ha

    anyways.. you will still see some things with firewire. especially with some older camcorders and such.

    USB 2.0 is fine... sometimes it is Sub Par... but IMHO i think you will be ok
  9. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    USB also has the drawback that it sucks some CPU power, whereas FireWire doesn't. Not a big deal with todays hardware I'm sure.

    FireWire is very common in audio recording gear. All the better audio interfaces are either PCI, PCI-E or FireWire. This will probably change as USB3 comes out but there'll still be tons of FW400 and FW800 devices in use. One of the reasons why I don't have a Macbook yet is because of the lack of FW and also the display's poor quality. The MBP on the other hand is too expensive and above all too big for my needs.

    The display on the whitebook vs unibody is mainly just a lot dimmer so it won't be very visible in bright light. The unibody panel has the same ****** viewing angles and obviously the 6-bit colors plagueing nearly all laptops at the moment. Hopefully when the next Macbook iteration is released LG or Samsung is making either S-PVA or H-IPS laptop screens. E-IPS (upcoming cheaper version of H-IPS) would be a good candidate as well.
  10. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Firewire is not need , have not used it in years.
  11. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Should I worry about using external hard drives and watching videos off them using USB?
  12. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    usb 2.0 can handle that just fine :)
  13. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    Videos will play no differently over USB as opposed to FireWire.

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