drive offers a reliable 8x CD-R speed, and 4x CD-RW
speed with the power and performance of a 32x read speed.
The PlexWriter 48/24/48U will be delivered in last half of September The internal 48/24/48A CD-RW
drive with ATA/ATAPI-5 interface has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $169 USD.
The 12x10x32 CD-RW
is available as a complete kit for Windows 95/98/NT and Windows 2000 Professional for $299.
As more people turn to the PC for sharing and listening to music, the CD-RW
Blaster 12-10-32 inspires the creation of mixes and compilations," said Ken Fong, director of marketing at Creative Technology.
Designed as part of a new generation of high speed CD recorders from Yamaha, this portable unit is the world's first external recorder to rewrite CD-RW
discs at 8x speed, doubling the current standard of 4x and cutting the required time to rewrite a CD-RW
disc in half.
Part of the problem is a perception by some vendors that adding a DVD read function is enough to make a combo drive competitive with a stand alone CD-RW
3 gigabytes of data on a single CD-RW
disc, and boasts the industry's fastest write (16x) and read (48x) speeds.
According to the company, prices for CD-RW
media have been reduced by up to 33 percent.
Ricoh is shipping what it calls a "value-price" CD-RW
drive: model MP7083A with the 8X/8X/32X specs is retail-priced at $179.
In last May's installment of this column, I expressed skepticism about the importance of CD-ReWritable (CD-RW
) drives for three reasons: the anticipated high price for both the drive and the medium, the issue of CD-RW
disc readability in CD-ROM drives, and the question of a genuine need for rewriting (reusing) compact discs.
The next generation of rewritable CD-RW
is apparently going to be 1.