updated 02:55 pm EDT, Tue April 27, 2004
MCE ships 4x \'SuperDrive\'
MCE Technologies today began shipping its for the PowerBook G4 and Power Mac G4 Cube. The dual-drive records to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media. In addition to reading and writing to standard DVD-R (4x/12x), DVD+R/RW (2.4x/2.4x/12x) and CD-R/RW media (24x24x24x), it reads and writes to 4.7GB and 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media (2x). It is compatible with all PowerBook G4s (12", 15", and 17"). It is $280 for PowerBook G4 or Cube systems currently with a CD-R/RW drive, CD-R/RW-DVD-ROM combo drive, or DVD-R drive and $330 for those systems currently with a DVD-ROM- or CD-ROM-only drive.
"Our 4X DVD-R/RW/RAM dual drive upgrade for the PowerBook G4 and Cube
matches the latest PowerBook DVD-R drives offered by Apple in terms of
speed and even goes one better by offering DVD-RAM drag-and-drop
functionality," stated Arnie Ramirez, president of MCE.
The MCE 4X DVD-R/RW/RAM internal drive upgrade for PowerBook G4 and
Power Mac G4 Cube writes to standard DVD-R media at 4X speed, to
standard DVD-RW media at 2X speed, to DVD+R and DVD+RW media at 2.4X
speed, and to 4.7GB single-sided or 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media at
2X speed. In addition, it writes to standard 650MB (74 minute) and
700MB (80 minute) CD-R media at up to 24X speed, writes to standard
CD-RW media at up to 24X speed, reads DVD-ROM discs at up to 12X speed,
and reads standard CD-ROM discs at up to 24X speed.
The MCE 4X DVD-R/RWRAM internal dual drive upgrade is bootable, and is
compatible with Apple's iTunes, iDVD, Finder Burning, DVD Player, and
also includes DVD Authoring software which enables the creation of
video DVDs directly from the PowerBook G4 or Cube... which are playable
on most computer and home DVD players. Included with the drive is a
9.4GB DVD-RAM disc with true drag-and-drop technology providing nearly
10GB of instant backup and storage. The drive's DVD-RAM function is
also compatible with Dantz Retrospect and Retrospect Express Backup