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Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card

B&H # SOFWUSB2E34 MFR # FWUSB2-E34
Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card

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Product Highlights

  • 2-Port 6-Pin FireWire-400
  • 1-Port USB 2.0
  • Mac and Windows Compatibility

You Pay: $46.99

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The FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card from Sonnet provides a simple and affordable way to add a USB 2.0 port and two FireWire-400 ports to your notebook computer. The USB 2.0 protocol delivers speeds of up to 60 MB/sec for blazing fast data transfer, while FireWire-400 is capable of 50 MB/sec. With this upgrade, it is easy to connect your computer to USB printers, joysticks, scanners, disk drives, and more. FireWire will allow you to connect external drives, digital video cameras, and other devices as well.

USB 2.0
USB 2.0 connectivity expands your computers functionality; literally thousands of devices are USB 2.0-compliant. USB 2.0 is also fully compatible with the USB 1.1 protocol.
FireWire-400
FireWire-400 connectivity lets you connect external hard drives, DVD burners, digital video cameras, and other devices that use this interface.
Fast
USB 2.0 provides data transfer rates of up to 60 MB/sec and FireWire-400 delivers up to 50 MB/sec. This allows you to connect an external hard drive or DVD burner without running into any performance bottlenecks.
Expandable
You'll be able to connect a USB or FireWire hub to the card, giving you the ability to connect as many devices as you'd like to your computer.
Host Bus Interface ExpressCard/34
Data Transfer Rate USB 2.0: 60 MB/sec
FireWire-400: 50 MB/sec
Connectors 1x USB 2.0
2x 6-Pin FireWire-400
Compliant Standards USB 2.0, USB 1.1, FireWire-400
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5; Windows XP SP2, Vista
ExpressCard/34 slot
Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonnetFireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (9)
    • High quality (7)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-end multimedia (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (10)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works Well, but big

      I have this installed on my Macbook Pro (unibody, 17 inch). I have the USB port connected to a small hub which is running an external back up hard drive and external USB...Read complete review

      I have this installed on my Macbook Pro (unibody, 17 inch). I have the USB port connected to a small hub which is running an external back up hard drive and external USB speakers. Both the drive and speakers connect fine. I use one firewire port for a different external hard drive that I keep media files on, and the other firewire port for capturing video from my Canon HV20. Both uses of the ports work fine. The card is hot swappable which is nice incase I need to take it out when traveling.

      The only downside is that it sticks out horizontally from the computer about 2 inches and is thicker than the computer.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Worked until the warranty expired

      It works, but won't power devices without an external PSU which is not provided. I use it for a/v peripherals, so didn't need a PSU anyway.

      The card does not...Read complete review

      It works, but won't power devices without an external PSU which is not provided. I use it for a/v peripherals, so didn't need a PSU anyway.

      The card does not really lock firmly into my ExpressCard slot... Not sure if that's a problem of my MacBook Pro or this card, but every time I plug something into the card, the pressure causes the card to come unseated.

      The joint between the bulbous hub and the card itself feels very flimsy. It bends very easily when putting the card in or out of socket. It may be very robust, but it doesn't inspire any confidence.

      The USB failed a few months out of warranty. I called Sonnet and they suggested that if the card is used regularly it can't really be expected to last more than a year. Really?

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      Works fine.

      By JazzMan

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Firewire Audio Interface

        Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

        Only had it for 10 days, but so far so good. Using it in a Lenovo T420 laptop for firewire to MOTU 828 MKII. DAW software is Sonar X3. Seems like everything needs to be plugged in and the MOTU turned on before booting Win 7 for things to work right. Hot swap not happening. Sonar running real nice with it.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Does what it's supposed to.

        By AudioRichter

        from Callipe Metropolis

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Audio Production

          Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

          I use the product to get my MBox 2 Pro connected to my MacBook Pro. Using an express card works better than daisy chaining for audio production. The Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card was suggested for audio production due to the specific TI chip it has inside it. So far, I'm happy.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          2.0

          Worked until the warranty expired

          By Pro Audio/Video

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Short Lifespan

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

          It works, but won't power devices without an external PSU which is not provided. I use it for a/v peripherals, so didn't need a PSU anyway.

          The card does not really lock firmly into my ExpressCard slot... Not sure if that's a problem of my MacBook Pro or this card, but every time I plug something into the card, the pressure causes the card to come unseated.

          The joint between the bulbous hub and the card itself feels very flimsy. It bends very easily when putting the card in or out of socket. It may be very robust, but it doesn't inspire any confidence.

          The USB failed a few months out of warranty. I called Sonnet and they suggested that if the card is used regularly it can't really be expected to last more than a year. Really?

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          It Works!!!

          By MediaMechanic

          from Waterbury, CT

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Highly Compatible
          • High Quality
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

            Purchased to use with my Asus notebook, with the Express 34 expansion card port... Works great and allows me to capture video and edit on the road... Nice.....

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            1.0

            A bit dosappointed

            By Digital Doc

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Incomplete

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                Poor description. No mention of required world power adapter to make it useful item.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                MORE THAN ENOUGH...

                By B21

                from Southeast Georgia.

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible
                • High Quality
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Multimedia

                  Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                  Although Firewire is played out and most still do not use..I am in the Recording Audio/Post Production Industry and there are some hardware equipment that I stil use that have Firewire400. This is excellent piece with an extra added USB. Works perfectly with my Macbook Pro. I dont have all the USB next to each other enabling me to have some play room and plug multiple flash drives, or dongle keys in.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Works great for the 17" MacbookPro

                  By BCI

                  from Austin TX

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • High Quality
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

                    Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                    Works great for the 17" MacbookPro when you need fire-wire 400. I had several video cameras and drives that used fire-wire 400 and this Card does the trick.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Works Great!

                    By dljr60

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • High Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                        Simple, plug and play for MAC!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sonnet Technologies Card works great

                        By Barbara

                        from Arlington, VA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • High Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Retro

                          Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                          I needed a Firewire 400 port for my new MacbookPro. The Sonnet Technologies Firewire and USB card gave me exactly what I needed...additional ports. Took the card out of the box, pushed it into the card slot and BAM! everything works perfectly. Easy to remove. Excellent product...highly recommended.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Works Well, but big

                          By Primary

                          from MA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • High Quality
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                              I have this installed on my Macbook Pro (unibody, 17 inch). I have the USB port connected to a small hub which is running an external back up hard drive and external USB speakers. Both the drive and speakers connect fine. I use one firewire port for a different external hard drive that I keep media files on, and the other firewire port for capturing video from my Canon HV20. Both uses of the ports work fine. The card is hot swappable which is nice incase I need to take it out when traveling.

                              The only downside is that it sticks out horizontally from the computer about 2 inches and is thicker than the computer.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              Share this review

                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good Acessory

                              By Ruy Penalva

                              from Bahia-Brazil

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Add a firewire port

                              Comments about Sonnet FireWire + USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card:

                              If you do not have a firewire port in your nootebook (and has a Express card/34 slot) by one. Fast, easily recognized by Windows Vista, hot swappable, add two FW and one USB 2 port.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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