updated 01:25 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2005
SuperDrive for Mac mini
MCE Technologies today announced its for the Mac mini. In addition to recording to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8X speed, the MCE SuperDrive Upgrade for Mac mini can also record up to 8.5GB of information on a single side of DVD+R Double Layer media. MCE offers two full-service installation options with total pricing starting at $150 (includes one-way shipping back to customer).
The $50 Standard SuperDrive Upgrade Service offers 2-day return service to the customer (with the customer responsible for shipping the CPU to MCE), while the $100 Supreme SuperDrive Upgrade Service includes shipment of a pre-paid overnight shipping box to the customer (allowing the customer to ship their Mac mini to MCE via overnight courier) as well as return overnight shipping after installation; the turnaround time is generally 1-2 business days. The upgrade has a base price of $100, which requires exchange of the computer's original internal optical drive.
"Because the Mac mini is not easily user-upgradeable, we've introduced
our Mac mini 8X SuperDrive Upgrade Service. Now it can be upgraded from
its stock configuration to a much stronger-performing computer quickly
and painlessly," stated Arnie Ramirez, president of MCE.
The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade for the Mac mini writes to standard DVD-R
and DVD+R media at up to 8X speed, to standard DVD-RW and DVD+RW media
at up 4X speed, and to 8.5GB DVD+R Double Layer media at up to 2.4X
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 8X speed, and
reads standard CD-ROM discs at up to 24X speed.
Hard drive and memory upgrades can also be installed at significantly
reduced prices at the same time the SuperDrive upgrade is
installed, according to the company.
The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade for the Mac mini is bootable and is fully
compatible with Apple's iTunes, iDVD, Finder Burning, iPhoto, and DVD
Player. In addition, the drive is natively supported by Mac OS
10.3.6 (or later), including the Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.