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Pros: OHCI compliant FireWire card. Works out of the box with OS provided generic drivers on Windows and on OS X as well. Should work in Linux, but I have no way of testing. FireWire ports get instantly recognized by the OS.
Didn't get dropped frames when doing basic DV video transfer from a camcorder.
Comes with a transparent FireWire cable (6 pin to 4 pin).
Worked on my hackintosh laptop. Have to boot any ExpressCard on to get it recognized (then I can take it out and put it back in as much as I want), but this is an hackintosh issue, not related to the card.
Good build quality overall.
Cons: You need to hold the card while you plug in the FireWire cable(s), otherwise you will always push it in and trigger the spring, making the card come out of the slot. This is not the card's fault, that's just how ExpressCard works. Just keep that in mind.
It dangles a bit in my laptop, which has an ExpressCard/54 slot. Again, not the card's fault, it should dangle less in an ExpressCard/34 slot.
Sticks out a bit too much. Other than the large black part you can see, the thin black plastic sticks out about an extra half cm, too.
The black plastic underneath is not of the best build quality.
Other: Buy it if you need FireWire and you have either an ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot in your laptop. No driver installation hassle, should be plug and play for all modern OSes. Couldn't be easier to get it to work.