Sony Ships Battery-Operated Portable CD-RW
USB-based Digital Relay weighs in at 11.9 ounces
Sony has started shipping a portable CD-RW drive that's powered by batteries
and can also act as a standalone CD and MP3 player. The new Digital Relay
drive uses a USB interface to connect to Macs (and Windows machines) and
weighs in at 11.9 ounces without battery, 15.2 ounces with.
The new drive is the first in Sony's Digital Relay line to offer AV capabilities.
It has integrated hardware MP3 decoding capabilities for files encodes
from 128 kilobits per second to 320 kilobits per second. It can be powered
with an AC adapter or a battery that offers 2.5 hours of playback or two
hours of recording time.
The Digital Relay offers write speeds of 4x, rewrite speeds of 4x and
read speeds of 6x. Data transfer rates range from 300 KB per second in
2x write mode to 600 KB per second in 4x write mode to 900 KB per second
in 6x read mode.
It has a wired remote control with LCD display and comes bundled with
headphones. On the software side, it comes with two Mac titles: CharisMac
Discribe and Dantz Retrospect Express.
The Digital Relay (CRX10U/A2) drive is now available for $399. For more
information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalrelay.
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