Mac owners were today promised turbo-charged DVD burning with the release of Sony's latest dual layer DVD writer drive.
Sony said that its DRX-810UL/T model external double and dual-layer DVD drive, which will begin shipping next month with Roxio's Toast 6 Lite for Mac, will offer Mac users 8X DVD burning speeds.
The electronics giant added that Mac users will be able to store and share home movies, digital photos and music at 8X maximum for DVD+R Double Layer (DL) recording speed, enabling them to burn up to 8.5GB of video, data, music or images on compatible media in about 15 minutes.
"This burner is geared toward Mac users and provides optimum performance and substantial storage capacity, making it an ideal accessory for the Mac mini or an upgrade for the eMac," said Bob DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded optical storage products in Sony's IT products division.
"The drive is also ideal for businesses deploying DVD video-based training and sharing large files, as well as filmmakers creating prototypes on recordable/rewritable DVD discs before proceeding with mass replication."
The drive also supports 4X DVD-R DL, 16X DVD+-R, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R and 32X CD-RW recording speeds.
It features a vertical design for easy placement and portability, and offers connectivity with both i.LINK (FireWire/IEEE 1394) and hi-speed USB 2.0 digital interfaces.
In addition to Roxio's Toast application, the drive comes bundled with a software suite from Nero for Windows. It will be available next month for "less than $150", Sony said.
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