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Old Jun 29, 2008, 7:25 PM   #1
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I've been reading about the two. It seems that there isn't that much(if any) speed difference, yet the only FW readers I've seen are in the $70+ price range.

Also, I read that, since I have a PC, I'd need to use an AC adaptor.
Is that correct?

Would I notice a significant difference using a FW reader over a USB 2.0 reader?

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Old Jun 29, 2008, 11:14 PM   #2
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I've been googling a fair amt. It seems that a cardbus adaptor for my laptop might be the way to go.

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Old Jun 30, 2008, 6:44 AM   #3
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Both USB and FireWire devices can be powered via the interface. Sony's implimentation of FireWire, called "i.LINK", does not provide this capability, so i.LINK devices need to have their own power supplies.

Firewire (400)is capable of a faster sustained data transfer rate than USB (2.0), but that is mostly only necessary (and noticeable) when transferring live audio and video. For ocassional use, firewire is faster, but it requires (slightly) more expensive hardware, and is generally harder to find. USB is more widely used, mostly because most computers already have multiple USB ports, but few come with FireWire ports.
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