"Actually, all of the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2,"
Unfortunately your Steveness forgot one small detail.
May I refresh your obvious memory loss?
Until the release of iMovie 08 and an FCP6 it was NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE to edit material from these AVCHD camcorders - at least not on a Mac with Mac software (you could do it on a PC though!)...
And that was how long ago? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that long overdue AVCHD update for FCP came finally around June 07 and iMovie 08 in August 07.
You call this a few years?!?!
Get this straight: Most Mac users were practically FORCED by Apple's LACK OF AVCHD SUPPORT to buy a HDV camcorder with FW instead!
Thank you for screwing us all over again!
But guess what. You can keep that useless piece of gorgeous looking switcher crap and choke on it!
Although it's really sad, because with FW800 the new Macbook could have been the perfect notebook I have been waiting for years.
Without FW the frickin' thing is just playing in the Acer league.
A brick indeed...