Sony has added new models to its Spressa line of external CD-RW drives. The company has added 10x speeds in FireWire, SCSI, and USB versions. According to Sony:
These new drives -- the Spressa i.LINK® (CRX145E/XI) external drive, the Spressa Professional external SCSI (CRX145S/XS), the Spressa Professional internal EIDE (CRX145E/CH) and the Spressa Professional internal SCSI (CRX145S/C) -- all support high-speed 10X maximum recording for CD-R, 4X maximum recording for CD-RW and 32X maximum for reading.
The Spressa USB Plus (CRX100E/X2) external drive supports quad speed (4X) maximum CD-RW recording and comes with CD Extreme(TM) (Windows) software, Discribe(TM) CD Creation (Macintosh) software, abCD (Windows) software, Spressa Play & Record software, Retrospect® Express software (Windows and Macintosh) and MixMan® Studio software. It is currently available for $299(a).
Spressa i. LINK CD-RW Drive
For consumers and "prosumers" who want IEEE-1394 connectivity, speed and performance, Sony's Spressa i.LINK (CRX145E/XI) model is a 10X maximum recording (CD-R), 4X maximum recording (CD-RW), 32X maximum reading external drive, incorporating Sony's i.LINK (IEEE1394) high-speed interface, as well as a full suite of Macintosh® and Windows® software. The i.LINK interface allows other multimedia peripherals, including digital video and still cameras, to be daisy-chained with the CD-RW drive, creating a complete DV "production suite" for burning digital video, still images or audio files. Additionally, because i.LINK technology is "hot plugable," devices can be attached or removed after the computer has been turned on, making it simple to share the CD-RW drive with other systems.
The Spressa i.LINK drive comes bundled with Discribe CD Creation software (Macintosh), CD Extreme(TM) (Windows) software, as well as abCD (Windows), Retrospect Express (Windows and Macintosh), and Mixman Studio. The drive is compatible with Windows® 98 Second Edition and Mac®OS 8.6 or higher platforms.
Spressa Professional External SCSI CD-RW Drive
The Spressa Professional (CRX145S/XS) is a high performance external drive that incorporates the popular SCSI-based interface. This drive records at a rapid 10X maximum speed (CD-R), 4X maximum (CD-RW), 32X maximum reading. The SCSI interface offers easy and fast connectivity for both PC and Macintosh users. The drive also comes with two built in SCSI connectors for simple "daisy-chaining" of the drive between multiple systems.
The CRX145S/XS comes bundled with a comprehensive software package including Spressa Professional Software suite which includes Discribe CD Creation software (Macintosh), CD Extreme for Windows, abCD for Windows, Retrospect Express for Windows and Macintosh, and Mixman Studio for Windows and Macintosh.