updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue July 12, 2005
SuperDrive for PowerBook
MCE Technologies today announced a new slot-loading upgrade with both DVD+R DL ("Double Layer") and, for the first time in a PowerBook drive, DVD-R DL ("Dual Layer") support for all Apple PowerBook G4 systems. In addition to recording to 4.7GB DVD-R/RW and 4.7GB DVD+R/RW media at up to 8X speed, the MCE 8X SuperDrive can write to both DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media, recording up to 8.5GB of information at up to 4X speed on a single side of this media. The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade with Dual/Double Layer is available now, starting at $200.
"The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade for the PowerBook G4 with 4X Double Layer and 4X Dual Layer support can write to eight separate types of recordable media for unprecedented levels of performance and media compatibility in a PowerBook drive," stated Arnie Ramirez, president of MCE.
The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade for PowerBook G4 writes to standard DVD- R and DVD+R media at up to 8X speed, to standard DVD-RW media at up to 6X speed, DVD+RW media at up to 8X speed, and to 8.5GB DVD+R Double Layer media and 8.5GB DVD-R Dual Layer media at up to 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. The drive also incorporates new, lighter components and is up to 20 percent more lightweight than current PowerBook optical drives, which shaves about a tenth of a pound off the overall weight of the PowerBook, according to MCE>
The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade with support for both DVD+R DL and DVD- R DL media is bootable and is fully compatible with Apple's iTunes, iDVD, Finder Burning, iPhoto, and DVD Player. MCE says it provides full compatibility with Mac OS 9/Mac OS X (10.4/Tiger) using MCE driver software.
The MCE 8X internal SuperDrive upgrade with Double/Dual Layer support is compatible with all PowerBook G4s. Pricing is $200 with those who have a CD-R/RW-DVD-ROM combo drive, or DVD-R SuperDrive and $250 for those systems that have a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive.