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Appeared on: Tuesday, December 03, 2002
Other World Computing releases faster Mercury Pro CD and DVD read/write solutions

Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced six new models of its popular Mercury-brand external optical storage line. Offered with FireWire and USB/FireWire compatibility options, add-on software, writable and re-writable media, and complete one-year warranties, these drives are more than hardware devices -- they are high-value, high-speed information storage solutions.

The CD Read/Write (R/W) solutions come with Roxio Toast 5.2.x Lite, 25 pieces of CD write once/read many media, and one piece of rewritable media and all necessary cables. The 44x24x44 CD/RW models also come with Yamaha Safe-Burn & Exclusive Disc T@2 Labeling Technology, while the 48x12x48 models come with Lite-On SMART-BURN technology.

The Mercury DVD R/W solutions ship with CharisMac Discribe 5.x, five pieces of DVD-R 2X Media in Jewel Case, 25 pieces of CD-R media, one piece of CD-RW media, and all the necessary cables.

"Our new Mercury optical storage drives make data and file management more efficient and more affordable than ever before," said Larry O'Connor, president and chief executive officer of OWC. "These drives have started selling at a pretty good clip before we even had a chance to formally announce them. This validates both the high-value/performance level of these drives, as well as the fact that people are doing more and more with their computers, increasing the need for faster file transfer rates and larger data storage capacities."

Designed to work with both Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers, the OWC Mercury and Mercury Pro drives weigh approximately 7 pounds, have the speed to transfer large quantities of data very quickly and the capacity to store thousands of MP3 files, hundreds of large digital images, and/or backup an entire internal hard drive. Pricing for the new drives is as follows:

OWC Mercury Pro 48x12x48 CD-RW External FireWire Solution - $139.99
OWC Mercury Pro 48x12x48 CD-RW External FireWire & USB 2.0/1.1 Combo Solution - $159.99
OWC Mercury Pro 44x24x44 CD-R/W FireWire Solution - $229.97
OWC Mercury Pro 44x24x44 CD-R/W FireWire/USB 2.0+1.1 Solution - $249.97
OWC Mercury DVR-105 DVD-R/RW + CD-R/RW FireWire Solution - $439.95
OWC Mercury Pro DVR-105 DVD-R/RW + CD-R/RW FireWire & USB 2.0/1.1 Combo Solution - $459.95

The Mercury and Mercury Pro optical storage solutions are available exclusively from OWC at www.macsales.com. All drives come with a one-year OWC warranty.

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