Micro Solutions has raised the bar on external CD-RWs with its new
8x8x32 backpack triple play cd-rewriter. Introduced today, this drive
is the first and only external cd-rewriter currently on the market to
incorporate conveniently and cost-effectively in one box the three most
prominent computer I/O interfaces - USB port, parallel port and PC
Card. In addition, it supports an 8x write speed on Pentium
processor-based notebooks through the PC Card slot, making it the
fastest external CD-RW available that doesn't require any additional
hardware to be installed.
Micro Solutions' new 8x8x32 backpack triple play cd-rewriter attaches
externally to desktop and notebook computers for creating data CDs,
customized music CDs and backups of important files or entire hard
drives. It supports an 8x write speed on Pentium processor-based
notebooks via the PC Card interface, while offering the maximum 4x
write speeds using the USB or parallel port connections on other
desktop Pentium computers.
Micro Solutions' approach of ``no cards to install'' means the triple
play cd-rewriter is plug-and-play, so users do not need to open a
desktop or laptop and install additional hardware. The drive also is
hot pluggable on all ports, so those with Windows 95(a), 98, Me and
2000 can attach and detach the drive without needing to restart their
``Our parallel port connectivity gives customers extra benefits,''
stated Barron. ``First, when a backpack cd-rewriter is connected to a
PC's parallel port, our patented smart printer-pass-through port allows
users to plug their printer into the backpack, so they don't lose the
use of their printer. Then, unlike USB-only cd-rewriters, a backpack
can be used as emergency recovery device. Many emergency recovery and
disk imaging programs run under DOS, which isn't supported by USB. With
backpack cd-rewriters, users can switch to the parallel port for their
emergency recovery procedure. This is a real exclusive feature.''
Easy CD Creator and DirectCD software by Adaptec Corp. (now known as
Roxio) come with the triple play backpack cd-rewriter. These programs
make creating music and data CDs as simple as clicking on icons or
dragging and dropping files.
The 8x8x32 backpack triple play cd-rewriter (model number 193250) has a
manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $269. Another model
with all the same connectivity options, the 8x4x32 backpack triple play
cd-rewriter (model number 193200), has an MSRP of $249.