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Is there an adapter to convert Firewire "400" to Firewire "800"?
There are a variety of adapters that make it possible to connect a Firewire "400" device to a computer that only has a Firewire "800" port (like the "Unibody" MacBook Pro line). Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a couple of different compatble adapters.
Additionally, for MacBook Pro models with an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot, it alternately is possible to buy an ExpressCard/34 card that provides Firewire "400" ports and leave the onboard Firewire "800" port free for use with Firewire "800" devices.
Apple's industrial design for the last several years has been performed entirely in-house by Apple's Industrial Design Group, led by Jonathan Ive.
In the US, you may purchase a MacBook Pro directly from Apple, but doing so often will require you to pay sales tax, which easily can exceed US$100. Those interested in getting the best deal would be better served by purchasing their new 13-Inch MacBook Pro or 15-Inch MacBook Pro from an Apple Authorized Reseller that does not charge sales tax, like site sponsor PowerMax.
PowerMax also offers a large selection of refurbished and used systems, including the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 as well as the MacBook, 13-Inch MacBook Pro, 15-Inch MacBook Pro or 17-Inch MacBook Pro.
For the default configurations of each model, please refer to the specs pages for the model of interest.
In addition to the stock configurations, you also can -- or could -- choose to customize the processor (in some configurations), the amount of RAM, the hard drive or SSD, and whether or not to add a display adapter, an external Apple USB Modem (no longer available), or a MagSafe Airline Adapter. Other options have been offered for different models at different times as well.