I'm thinking of puchasing an EPSON Stylus Photo R800 printer that has both Firewire and USB 2.0 as a means of connecting it to the PC. Is there any preference when it comes to printers as to what is the better option? I would assume Firewire would allow for a faster data transfer between PC and printer, although I'd also assume this is not a great issue given general print speeds? Both ports are available on my PC.
Is there going to be or likely to be any benefit of using Firewire or USB 2.0 when it comes to system resources though? I'm guessing there would be little difference, but then TBH I really know little about Firewire other than it offers faster data transfer and I believe it was orginally intended for connecting video equipment?
you can install both on your computer it depends what applications you want to run in the future. Firewire would be useful for video transfer etc but usb 2.0 is sufficient for your printer. A firewire card usually gives you two connections With usb you can get a hub to increase the connections to four or more.Regards