PowerBooks burn dual-layer DVDs with new MCE drive

Irvine, Calif.-based MCE Technologies LLC on Wednesday announced it is shipping the 8X SuperDrive, a replacement for the optical drive in Apple Computer Inc.'s PowerBook G4 laptop. The new drive is capable of burning dual-layer DVD discs, capable of storing up to 8.5GB of information. The same drive also fits in Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube.

Compatible with all of Apple's 12-, 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks, the 8X SuperDrive's price varies depending on which optical drive is currently in place: It costs US$299 if your machine now has a DVD-R SuperDrive or DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive, or $349 if you have a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive. The difference in price is because of the different internal cabling and bracketing needed to install the drive, according to MCE spokesman Ben Perez. The drive is user-installable, however such actions may void your Apple warranty.

In addition to burning dual-layer media at 2.4x speed, the 8X SuperDrive also supports DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8x speed. It's bootable, according to MCE, and is fully compatible with iTunes, iDVD, Finder-based burning, iPhoto and DVD player. It's also natively supported by Mac OS X v10.3.6 or later, and is compatible with earlier operating systems using drivers provided by the company. MCE said the new 8X SuperDrive will ship in quantity starting December 20, 2004.

This story, "PowerBooks burn dual-layer DVDs with new MCE drive" was originally published by PCWorld.

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