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What would you prefer to keep on the new MacBook: Ethernet or Firewire

Created By: donsqueak
Created Date: 10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Last Voted: 10/24/2008 (309 weeks ago)
No. of Votes: 340
Status: Open
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Tags: macbook, ethernet, firewire
  Ethernet
131 Votes (39%)
  FireWire
209 Votes (61%)
Country Votes %  
US 129 38.05%
GB 49 14.45%
CA 21 6.19%
DE 21 6.19%
SE 16 4.72%
NL 13 3.83%
AU 11 3.24%
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27 Comments

Snowflake
10/16/2008 (310 weeks ago)
Both! Why try to be all techno savy when most users are normal people - not computer geek? Get rid of the firewire when there is something better than USB.... What can I say? I am an apple fan, but they're getting a little out of hand. Listen to the users apple - we know what we want!
annoyed
10/16/2008 (310 weeks ago)
I need both. Ethernet to connect to network storage. FW to control a microscope camera. But I don't need other features of the Pro and don't want to pay for them.
Bosie
10/15/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Without firewire I won't even look at a Macbook and the Pro is too big, heavy and far too expensive for the kind of portability I need for audio (Logic) use.
guest
10/15/2008 (311 weeks ago)
I love my black macbook. I ditched my noisy hot G5 desktop when I found the macbook could compress video just as fast. I kept my 4 disk firewire enclosure, so when I get home I plug in all the peripherals and have a decent home office and entertainment system. The only thing lacking was a decent graphics card, so I eagerly awaited the announcement of the new macbooks - faster graphics but no firewire, so useless to me. Shame on you Apple for getting rid of one of your own best inventions! Bring back firewire now!
guest
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Must have both
guest
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
How can Fujitsu deliver 3 USB ports plus FireWire, a 12.1" LCD, at 2.9 pounds, and Apple cannot in a 13" form factor? Where is the innovation? Does innovation now mean just stripping features out?
Chortos-2
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Although USB wouldn’t offer gigabit Ethernet, only 100 Mbit…
Chortos-2
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
In that case, there is always Ethernet over USB available… (insert a whistling smilie here)
Chortos-2
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
However, only a single Ethernet port would pose a problem for those who want to attach a FireWire device to the computer and to be connected to a wired network at the same time.
Chortos-2
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
If one of the interfaces definitely has to go, it is FireWire; however only with 1394b-to-1394c and 1394a-to-1394c bilingual cables included. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394_interface#FireWire_S800T_.28IEEE_1394c-2006.29 for more details. If this is the case, you will be getting BOTH gigabit Ethernet and every kind of FireWire in a single Ethernet port. Do not be silly, people; why want FireWire WITHOUT Ethernet when you can get both?
guest
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Yes FireWire is mandatory, but I only buy the 17" anyway..
long-time mac user guest
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Firewire AND Ethernet - Keep them both. Why oh Why does Apple repeatedly pull such bone-head moves - removing connectors in order to ... what, save a tenth ounce? save 50 cent connector cost? allow half-millimeter thinner, satisfy Steve-O desire for a cleaner look, (or whatever). I am so saddened to see that intelligence seems gone from the design deciders. Firewire is needed for (a) FAST data transfer (in my experience bus hardware controlled FW is measurably faster than the cpu-controlled USB2), (b) video cam connections, (c) target drive mode. Apple: Lets make the computers USER FRIENDLY - not strip out features every new generation. please.
guest
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Firewire. Damn USB to hell. Don't need ethernet, everything is wireless now anyway
rdeelen
10/13/2008 (311 weeks ago)
If I wanted a Mac without firewire I would buy a MBA. If they can fit both right now than I say don't mess with it. They are both a must.
guest
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Firewire is a must have.. for audio production, every one I know uses Firewire.. There are a significant number of music producers that depend on it... loss of Firewire will lose a huge number of users.. I too will NOT buy a MacBook Pro for just firewire.. There's a Dell in my future running a hacked version of OS X...
Omar
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Firewire. Using a USB dongle for ethernet support when wifi is not an option is good enough unless you rely on gigabit ethernet.
Gast
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Want both. Sometimes wireless networking isn't available, so I can't connect to the internet. On the other hand if I lose FireWire I can't use my camcorder anymore. Damn...
owDin
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
I'd hate it if there was NO FW. I would be satisfied if they did the FW trough Ethernet trick. But i'd rather have the ports separate.
Not a mac owner....Yet
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Id definitely keep Firewire over Ethernet.
convidado
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
ethernet
guest
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Both. But Firewire more.
donsqueak
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
As to choosing both: This would be the proper way, obviously. This poll is trying to prove, though, by nearly the same amount of people choosing either, that they are both necessary. An option "both" would have been the "easy way", with little statistic value (result like 95% both).
guest
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
FireWire. I'm a TV production pro and regularly use it to import video to my MacBook for a smaller lighter option on the road.
Da_Brain
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Both
guest
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Must have both!
guest
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Both. This is a MacBook not a MacBook Air. Obviously, Definitely keep both. I use both ports regularly, and if my only option is a MacBook Pro to get them... I won't be buying a new laptop for a long long time
huésped
10/12/2008 (311 weeks ago)
Firewire is a must.
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