"..TEAC today begins shipping the industry's lightest external CD-ROM drive, the 24X PortaCD, for laptop and subnotebook computers. Designed to fit easily into a laptop PC carrying case, the new drive compliments the mobile convenience of the thinnest laptop or subnotebook computer with a sleek, metallic clamshell design that is not much larger than a CD jewel case. The compact 24X PortaCD can be found at participating retailers throughout the country and is available to resellers and VARs through the Company's network of authorized distributors.
Weighing less than nine ounces and just 1/2" thick, the top-loading TEAC 24X PortaCD performs at a maximum data transfer rate of 24X or 3.6MB/sec with a 130ms random access time. The external drive easily connects to a laptop or subnotebook PC using its accompanying PCMCIA Type II connector. It is powered directly through the PCMCIA connection so there is no need for an AC adapter or power cable. The drive is plug and play compatible with Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. It has front controls and a headphone jack to make it convenient to listen to and playback audio CDs. The 24X PortaCD (model #CD-224PE) is shipping at an MSRP of $199.00.."