why did Apple change sockets on their computers . What are the pros & cons of 800 vs 400 firewire adapter?

  • Asked by Roy M from Marshfield
  • Nov 24, 2009
Moshi 800 to 400 FireWire Adapter

Moshi 800 to 400 FireWire Adapter

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3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    More professionals find the need for FW800 over FW400.

    By choosing a FW800 port, it allows users to connect both FW800 and FW400 devices to the machines (the latter with the use of an adapter) without a loss in speed.

    • Answered by Nathan M from Seattle
    • Nov 27, 2009
  • Firewire 800 transfers data at 800 Mbit/s, which is twice as fast as Firewire 400 (at 400 Mbit/s). In fact, even USB 2.0 (at 480 Mbit/s) is faster than Firewire 400, so that connector is pretty obsolete. This is why Apple is removing it from all future products.

    • Answered by Juliet V from North Hollywood
    • Jun 9, 2010
  • firewire 800 is twice as fast as 400

    • Answered by Craig C from Los Angeles
    • Dec 14, 2011