Go External: FireWire 800

Test Candidate 2: WiebeTech Fire800

One of the main applications for 1394b should be the operation of high-speed, external drives. The Fire800 is a suitable casing for 3.5" drives with an UltraATA interface and is already equipped with a FireWire 800 interface.

Among the standard features included are a conventional FireWire interface (1394a) and a USB 2.0 port, which significantly boosts connectivity.

Thanks to a small aluminum stand, it is also possible to operate the Fire800 vertically.

For the tests, we used a Western Digital WD2500JB with 7,200 rpm and 8 MB cache - still one of the fastest drives on the market.

Compared with other external casings, Fire800 is very compact.