Woodstock, Ill. — Oct. 22
Other World Computing (OWC), a Mac and PC technology company, announced its new line of OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray “Quad Interface” external drive solutions. The first Blu-ray external drives on the market offering a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA, the OWC Mercury Pro drives feature 4X Blu-ray disc write speed for burning up to 1 GB of data per minute; a data-transfer rate up to 150 MB per second; plug-and-play connection flexibility; and the convenience of compatibility with both Windows and Macintosh systems.
Immediately available and priced starting at $499.99, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drive solutions are ideal for consumers with large amounts of high-def or other video, photos, music and data files they want to archive or retrieve using optical media. Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives read and/or write virtually all optical media, including Blu-ray, HD-DVD, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW.
The drives provide the well-known advantages of Blu-ray, such as high-capacity storage (burn up to 50 GB per disc, enough space for a four hour high-def movie); full high-quality HD picture; and surround sound capabilities. In addition, the new OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives have write performance twice as fast as previous Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drive models.
Pricing for OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Write and Read external drive solutions:
- OWC Mercury Pro SW-5583: Writes and reads Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW discs. Includes all connection cables and two 25GB BD-R discs.
- OWC Mercury Pro SW-5583T: Writes and reads Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW discs. Includes all connection cables, starter media and full retail version of Roxio Toast 9 Titanium (Mac OS X).
OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray “Quad Interface” external drive solutions have been fully tested for compatibility with most Apple and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burner, Apple iDVD 5, Apple DVD Studio Pro, EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator and Nero Burning.