|Sony has announced a new CD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROM drive called the Spressa USB and the Spressa i.Link. The Spressa USB is 4X CD-R, 2X CD-RW, and 6X CD-ROM drive. The Spressa i.Link kicks in with 4X CD-R and CD-RW with a 24X CD-ROM. According to Sony:
The Spressa kits come complete with external drive, Sony's CD Creation software bundle, one blank CD-RW disc, one blank CD-R disc, USB or i.LINK data cable, AC power cord, user guide, and quick start card.
Sony supports worry-free installation and easy operation with the industry's best customer service. Toll-Free 24 hour, 365 day technical support is included, along with a full one year limited warranty from date of purchase.
The Spressa USB is priced at US$399 while the Spressa i.Link is priced at US$499. The USB model will be available in March while the i.Link version will be available in June.
Please note that Sony is using the term i.Link in place of the term FireWire.
The Mac Observer Spin: These are two of the most compelling CD-R/CD-RW products to hit the market yet. Sony went to great lengths to talk about Mac support for these products in their press release and is once again showing their commitment to FireWire. If Sony advertises their Mac support in these products as vigorously as the press release, that in and of itself could help Apple sell more boxes.
Sony's Storage Division