Addonics Technologies today announced the Mobile DVD/CDRW -- an external DVD/CDRW/CD-ROM All-in-One Drive with high-speed FireWire, CardBus and USB 2.0 interfaces. The Mobile DVD/CDRW drive features a 12x DVD player, a 12x CDRW burner, and a 40x CD-ROM drive.
Addonics bundles the drive with CD mastering software, and MPEG-2 decoding software for DVD movie playback. The combined DVD/CDRW provides users with the convenience of adding DVD, CDRW and CD-ROM functions to any computer via one USB, Firewire or CardBus connection. The drive also saves users the cost of buying two storage units for recording CD-ROM discs, and playing DVD movies. Users can play full-screen DVD movies on their computer with the drive's MPEG-2 decoding software.
The drive can record data to CDRW media in five popular modes: Track at Once, Multisession, Disc at Once, Session at Once, and Packet Writing. The drive is also compatible with eight different multimedia formats, including: DVD, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-DA, CD-Bridge, CD-Extra, and Video CD. It will read five popular CDRW recording formats (Track at Once, Multi-Session, Disc at Once, Session at Once, and Packet Writing. Depending on the drive interface used the Mobile DVD/CDRW has a data transfer rate from 300-4800 KB/sec and an access speed of 100 m/sec. (32x).
The Mobile DVD/CDRW features a front-panel loading tray that requires no caddies or cartridges. The drive measures 10 x 6.2 x 2 inches, and weighs just 3.18 pounds. Software drivers are included for Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME (Millennium Edition), XP, and Mac OS 9.0. No driver is needed for USB or Firewire connection when installed under Windows Me, 2000, and XP.
Every Mobile DVD/CDRW drive features a flexible interface connection, which allows users to connect to either USB, FireWire or CardBus ports on any computer by switching to the appropriate Addonics interface cable. The list price for Mobile DVD/CDRW starts at $399 for the USB 2.0 version.