updated 05:05 pm EST, Wed December 15, 2004
MCE 8X SuperDrive
MCE Technologies today announced it is shipping the , a replacement for the optical drive in Apple's PowerBook G4 laptops. The drive offers true Double Layer support, letting users record up to 8.5GB of data on a single side of a Double Layer DVD, in addition to recording to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media. It also reads and writes standard CD-R/RW media and is compatible with all of Apple's iApps including iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto, and Finder Burning. According to MCE, the drive is user installable and compatible with the 12", 15", and 17" Apple PowerBook G4. The drive costs $300 for PowerBooks that currently contain a Combo or SuperDrive, and $350 for those that include a standard DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive.