Mac upgrade maker MCE Technologies LLC on Tuesday announced a slot-loading internal drive upgrade aimed at PowerBook G4 and Power Mac G4 Cubes. The new drive records to DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW media. The drive is bootable, compatible with iTunes, iDVD, Finder Burning and DVD Player. It burns DVD-R media at 4x speed, DVD-RW at 2x speed, DVD+R and DVD+RW at 2.4x speed, and DVD-RAM at 2x speed. It can also burn CD-R and CD-RW media at up to 24x speed.
The drive also includes a DVD-RAM disc. DVD-RAM media are double-sided and can store up to 9.4GB of content. It’s compatible with Dantz Retrospect and Retrospect Express backup software. the drive can be installed in any PowerBook G4 12-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch model, or Power Mac G4 Cubes. It costs US$279 for systems that already have a “Combo” drive or a DVD-R drive in place, or $329 for systems with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives only, where a different bracket is required.