What's the purpose of Firewire?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Warelin, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Warelin macrumors newbie

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    I've been debating on whether or not to buy a Macbook/Pro. After hearing the updates, I've been left in quite a jar.

    I'd be using the Mac for occassional Photoshopping, listening to Itunes, word documents, surfing online and an occassional game of spore.

    What would be recommended?
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    I think the MacBook will do the job for you, although you might like the extra screen real estate.

    FireWire is a standard used for connecting peripheral devices. It has a higher sustained transfer rate than USB (especially FireWire 800), so it is often preferred for things involving big files/a lot of files or speed critical stuff, like connecting camcorders, audio interfaces, and scratch disks for audio and video work.
     
  3. Warelin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the Firewire has no effects over recording videos? I got a bit confused about its function after browsing the forums for a few hours today.
     
  4. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    I'm a bit fuzzy on my digital camcorder formats and interfaces, go check with the people on the DV forum for that. You said you didn't do video editing though, so I didn't take that into account.
     
  5. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816

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    Basically Firewire 400/800 are different versions of the USB -- I don't see what the big hoop-la is that they were omitted

    but then again I never imported large HD videos to my Macbook that much, but when I did I felt that USB 2.0 was suffice.

    Long story short -- you seem to be fine going with the Macbook route
     

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