Originally Posted by mmkerc
Its werid all I have seen so far is positive to very positive reviews. I would think that at least the firewire issue would have people screaming. Most (80%) of my external devices are firewire (and that includes the mouse and keyboard).
I believe this places you squarely in the Macbook Pro market. I believe the normal Macbooks are going to be successfully marketed mostly to people who don't require a lot of external devices. Also, while most of the external devices I own are firewire as well, most of the devices available for purchase at my local Best Buy are usb based.
The only real problem I have with the move to having no firewire is regarding serviceability. Not being able to use target mode seems like a huge problem. Hopefully Apple will allow target mode to work via USB somehow.
Back to the original question from this thread, for any type of cable there are going to be companies who make bad quality cables and sell them at a bargain, others who make over-the-top quality cables and sell them at a premium, and many many companies who will make cables that are perfectly good cables sold at a reasonable price for a commodity item. I wouldn't necessarily go looking online for the cheapest possible cables nor would I look in places like flea markets for them. I would also not fall for some marketing gimmick and buy gold plated hdmi cables (that's probably not a joke; I'm guessing the $80 ones you saw probably do have gold plated connectors).
Buy the cheap ones and try them. They're at a reputable store so you can always return them if they simply don't work. You'll also know immediately whether or not they're decent.