MCE Offers 8X Dual Layer SuperDrive Upgrade for Mac mini

MCE Technologies on Tuesday introduced its new 8X Dual Layer SuperDrive Upgrade for the Mac mini, enabling users to record up to 8.5GB of data on a DVD+R Dual Layer disc. The bootable drive writes DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8X speed, DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs at 4X speed and DVD+R Dual Layer media at 2.4X speed. It requires Mac OS X v10.3.6 and is compatible with v10.4 "Tiger."

Users can install the US$199 drive themselves or choose between two full-service installation options: Standard ($49), which uses two-day shipping both ways, and Supreme ($99), which uses overnight shipping. The base price of the drive under the latter two options is $99, but MCE keeps the original optical drive. The company notes that customers can get price breaks on hard drive and RAM upgrades installed at the same time; see its Web site for more information.