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Monday, November 18, 2002
Sony announces free 4X DVD+R upgrade for dual RW drives

The Dual RW DVD/CD recordable drives recently introduced by Sony Electronics will soon support up to 4X DVD+R recording with a simple firmware upgrade. Owners of the internal DRU-500A or external DRX-500UL Dual RW drive will be able to download the free upgrade from Sony's Web site at on or before Dec. 9.

The firmware upgrade will add support for up to 4X DVD+R recording and will enhance DVD reading performance, making the Dual RW drives even more appealing to users seeking a high-performance DVD burner that supports all of the leading DVD formats (DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW) as well as 24X CD-R recording, at a reasonable price.

With up to 4X DVD+R recording speeds, users will be able to record a full 4.7GB DVD+R disc in less than 15 minutes. The specification standard for 4X DVD+R recording was recently made available, and utilizing the free firmware upgrade, Sony's Dual RW drives will be the first to support it. 4X DVD+R media is expected to become commercially available before the end of this year.

"By offering consumers a drive that supports the most popular DVD formats at the fastest recording speeds available for DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R, we are providing the utmost in compatibility and performance," said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded storage products in Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "As initial reviews of the DRU-500A have proven, our Dual RW drives have helped clear the confusion in the DVD-recordable market."

The DRU-500A model has already garnered a number of industry awards, including Editors' Choice Awards from both CNET and in October, a Best Buy Award from PC World's December issue, and Maximum PC's Gear of the Year and Kick Ass Awards, also bestowed in December. Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The DRU-500A and DRX-500UL DVD/CD rewritable drives are currently available through nationwide resellers and retailers, mail order catalogs, and select online shopping sites, including The DRU-500A model is available for an estimated price of under $350, while the external DRX-500UL is available for less than $430. Sony supports what it calls "worry-free" installation and easy operation with toll-free customer and technical service, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, along with a one-year limited warranty from the original date of purchase.

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