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LaCie Announces External DVD Drives

Portable Pocket Drive also announced By Dave Nagel
LaCie has announced two new models in its line of external FireWire DVD burners, as well as a new portable external hard drive. All of the new drives will be available for Macintosh and Windows.

First up is a combination burner that offers compatibility with both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats (as well as CD-R and CD-RW) and includes connectors for FireWire and USB 2.0. The LaCie Dual DVD+/-RW Drive includes a software suite for authoring on Mac and Windows, including CaptyDVD for Mac, Sonic MyDVD Video Suite, Arcsoft Showbiz, Roxio EasyCDCreator, Intervideo WinDVD and Roxio Toast Lite. It will ship this month for $349 and will include a FireWire cable, USB cable, AC adapter and DVD utilities disc.

The other new DVD burner is the PocketDVD-RW Drive, a 1.4-pound portable unit designed specifically for Macintosh. The drive supports DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW and offers a 2 MB buffer. It includes a FireWire cable, CaptyDVD authoring software, Toast Lite and one free piece of DVD-R disc. It will ship this month for $399.

LaCie has also introduced a new portable Pocket Drive, a new model designed to bring desktop performance to mobile applications. It offers an 80 GB capacity with a 7,200 RPM mechanism and weighs in at 12.5 ounces. It supports both FireWire and USB 2.0 and will include a FireWire cable, USB cable and optional power supply, as well as Silverlining and SilverKeeper software. It will be available in August for Macintosh and Windows for $499. Lower-capacity models (20 GB to 60 GB) are also available starting at $159.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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