has introduced two new storage products for both the Mac and PC markets. One is a high capacity portable hard disk drive; the other is a fast CD-RW burner that can burn discs at up to 32x.
The 120GB Que! M3 UltraSlim drive utilizes FireWire to connect to either Macs or PCs and runs at 7,200 rpm. The drive measures about 1.23 inches high, 5.42 inches wide and 8.37 inches long. QPS said that the drive’s transfer rate is up to 34/35MB per second and its average seek time is 8.2 to 9 milliseconds. The new Que! M3 UltraSlim drive carries a suggested retail price of US$499.
QPS is also introducing this week a new 32x CD-RW burner available in both USB 2.0 and FireWire flavors. Although USB 2.0 is not presently installed on the Mac at the factory, it can be added to systems running Mac OS X through the addition of a third-party USB 2.0 interface card. For the rest of us, the FireWire drive is a likely alternative. The new drives are expected to begin shipping in volume by the end of December.
The new Que! drives sport 32x CD-R burning, 10x CD-RW rewriting and 40x CD-ROM read speeds. The drives sport BURNproof buffer underrun technology to help avoiding producing “coasters,” or CD’s that are not mastered correctly. It sports 4MB of buffer RAM. Bundled software includes Roxio’s Toast. Also included are CD-R and CD-RW media, cables, a carrying bag and accessories. The suggested retail price for the 32x Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW is $299; the 32x Que! FireWire CD-RW costs $249.