Iomega has added a FireWire flavor to its Predator CD-RW drive. The FireWire
version of the Predator joins USB 1.1 and PC card versions already available.
The Predator is an external CD-RW drive that is rated at 8x write, 4x rewrite,
and 32x read. Up until now, the Predator hasn't been able to burn or read at
its full speeds -- the PC card and USB interfaces are considerably slower than
FireWire, and limited the drive to operating at 4x4x6 instead.
Capacity: Compatible with: CD-R media up to 700MB/80 min. and CD-RW media up
Media Compatibility: CD-R (1x-4x / up to 700MB/80 min.) CD-RW (1x-4x / up to
Weight: Drive itself: 18oz / Drive with USB Adapter: 19.7oz
Dimensions: Width: 165mm / Length: 205mm (245mm w/adapter) / Height: 45mm
Power Supply: External universal power supply (Range: 47-63Hz / 100-240 Volts)
Write methods: Multi-session, Fixed and variable packet writing, Track at
once,Disc at once
Random access time: Up to 125ms
Data transfer rate: Record: 4X or 0.6MB/sec, Write: 4X or 0.6MB/sec, Max read:
6X or 0.9MB/sec (Read speed is limited by the USB Bus and system
The Predator CD-RW with FireWire adapter is now shipping and carries a
suggested retail price of US$329.95. Users with other versions of the Predator
wishing to replace their interfaces with a FireWire adapter will be able to
later this month; the adapter kit costs $79.95.