MCE Technologies LLC on Thursday announced a new slot-loading
8x DVD-recordable drive upgrade
that provides dual layer/double layer support. Available for white-clad iBook G3 and iBook G4 systems, the new drive costs US$199.
The drive replaces the existing optical drive. iBook G4 systems already feature a slot-loading drive, but the
iBook G3 variant
replaces “tray loading” drives with a slot-loading version instead. They both work identically and are both priced the same.
The drive supports the ability to burn 8.5GB dual-layer DVD+R and DVD-R media at up to 4x. It can also burn 4.7GB DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW single-layer media at up to 8x, DVD-RW at up to 6x, CD-R and CD-RW at up to 24x.
The 8x DL drive is bootable, and is fully compatible with Mac OS 9 through Mac OS X v10.4 using drivers provided by MCE. The drive is also compatible with iTunes, iDVD, Finder burning, iPhoto and DVD Player.