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OWC Ships FireWire DVD-R/CD-R Drives

External DVR-104 drives compatible with iDVD By Dave Nagel
Other World Computing has introduced its new Mercury Pro combo DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW FireWire drives. According to OWC, these are the first external models that allow users to author and burn DVDs using Apple's iDVD. They also work with common CD and DVD authoring systems, such as Roxio Toast and iTunes.

The Mercury Pro drives are compatible with Macintosh and Windows systems and feature a Pioneer DVR-104 drive mechanism, built-in headphone jack and power eject. Each drive comes with five DVD-R 2x discs, 25 CD-R disc, one CD-RW disc and all connecting cables.

The Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW drive writes to 4.7 GB DVD-R discs at up to 2x speeds, 4.7GB DVD-RW discs at 1x, up to 700 MB CD-R discs at 8x and up to 700 MB CD-RW discs at 4x. The combo drive is available in two configurations: a FireWire model and a FireWire/USB 2.0 model. The FireWire version sells for $399.95. The combo version sells for $429.95. For more information, visit

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, 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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