Limited time offer: Get Apple's new Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) for only $99 ($30 off the regular price!) OR get Apple's new iLife '06 for only $65 when you purchase this drive! The new MCE 8X DVD±R/RW "SuperDrive" upgrade with both Double Layer AND Dual Layer support for the PowerBook G4 allows PowerBook users to author professional-quality DVDs as well as create, store, and share their collections of videos, music and photography. Plus, the fast, highly reliable drives are compatible with most computer and set-top DVD video players and other DVD burners so video and data DVDs created using these drives can be shared with business associates, friends, and family. Starting at just $99.
MCE Technologies was the first company in the world to engineer and offer a SuperDrive upgrade for the PowerBook G4. We continue this long heritage with the MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade with both Double Layer and Dual Layer support... easily the most technologically advanced optical drive ever created for the Apple PowerBook. Recording at 8X to both DVD-R and DVD+R media and at 4X to BOTH DVD+R DL (Double Layer) and DVD-R DL (Dual Layer), enabling you to record up to 8.5GB of data on a single side of either a Double Layer OR Dual Layer DVD, this drive eclipses every other PowerBook optical drive on the market today... even those by Apple. With Tiger (Mac OS 10.4), you can record to 8.5GB Double Layer discs natively... by dragging and dropping right in the Finder! Our drive is the only optical drive upgrade in the world for the PowerBook G4 that is supported by Apple and enjoys full native Mac OS support... In addition, the MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade with Dual/Double Layer Support is the ONLY PowerBook Drive available today to support the new Double Layer Recording feature in iDVD 5! (iDVD 5.0.1 & Tiger required). No other PowerBook optical drive supports this capability. Also, new, lighter components enable this drive to weigh 20% less than Apple's current optical drives... shaving a tenth of a pound off the overall weight of your PowerBook G4.
Watch, Play, Rip, Burn
The MCE 8X DVD±R/RW SuperDrive Upgrade with Double/Dual Layer support is part of MCE's "Watch, Play, Rip, Burn" series. This means that it is the most fully-featured and highest performing optical drive available for your PowerBook G4 and it is designed to be fully compatible with your Mac as well as with all other components of your modern digital lifestyle. "Watch" your favorite DVD movies, "Play" your favorite CDs, "Rip" (transfer) songs from your favorite audio CDs to your computer for loading onto your iPod or just for listening, and "Burn" (record your own) audio CDs, video DVDs, as well as archive and protect your important data onto virtually any type of blank DVD or CD media that is most convenient for your needs and at the highest possible speeds.
The additional storage capacity of the DVD±R Dual/Double Layer discs enables you to record up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video or 16 hours of VHS-quality video, without the need to turn the disc over. You can now archive up to 8.5GB of computer files on a single disc, which almost doubles the storage capacity compared with the 4.7GB for the single-layer DVD-recordable discs currently available.
The MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade is a dual media drive and records to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media. It also reads and writes standard CD-R/RW media and is compatible with all of Apple's iApps including iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto, and Finder Burning.
You may install it yourself* or, if you prefer, you may have the MCE 8x SuperDrive upgrade professionally installed into your PowerBook G4 by MCE Technologies or one of our worldwide Authorized Upgrade Centers.
*NOTE for 12" PowerBook G4 Owners: We highly recommend that your drive be professionally installed. The installation of the optical drive into the 12" PowerBook G4 involves the removal of some 40 plus screws and parts and is not for the faint of heart. Only an experienced technician should attempt this upgrade into the 12" PowerBook G4.
- 8X DVD-R and 8X DVD+R recorder
- 6X DVD-RW and 8X DVD+RW recorder
- 4X DVD+R DL Double Layer recorder (iDVD Compatible)
- 4X DVD-R DL Dual Layer recorder
- 24X CD-R and 24X CD-RW recorder
- Convenient slot-loading mechanism
- 2MB Cache Buffer
- Buffer underrun protection
- Compatible with iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, iTunes, iPhoto, Disc Burner and Apple DVD Player
Compatible with All PowerBook G4 Systems
The New MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade is compatible with the 12", 15", and 17" Apple PowerBook G4. Whether you have Aluminum or Titanium, this upgrade is compatible with your PowerBook G4.
The Double/Dual Layer DVD±R system uses two thin embedded organic dye films for data storage separated by a spacer layer (see figure). Heating with a focused laser beam irreversibly modifies the physical and chemical structure of each layer such that the modified areas have different optical properties to those of their unmodified surroundings. This causes a variation in reflectivity as the disc rotates to provide a read-out signal as with commercially pressed read-only discs. Did you get all that?? It just means that there are two recording layers inside the DVD instead of just one... two layers means twice the recording capacity! Now wasn't that easier?
On-Board Liquid Crystal Tilt/Thickness Compensator
Not every disc is created equal. The MCE 8X SuperDrive Upgrade for PowerBook G4 implements an on-board liquid crystal tilt/thickness compensator... the first time ever in a portable form factor. This cutting edge technology provides accurate, reliable read and write performance with a variety of disc characteristics, even with irregularly curved or thick / thin media. This technology is also effective in recording DVD±R DL double/dual layer media.
DVD-R (Version 2.0 for General), 4X-Speed DVD-R, 8X-Speed DVD-R
DVD-RW (Version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2), 2X-Speed DVD-RW, 4X-Speed DVD-RW, 6X-Speed DVD-RW
DVD+R, 4X-Speed DVD+R, 8X-Speed DVD+R,
DVD+RW,4X-Speed DVD+RW, 8X-Speed DVD+RW
DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
CD-R, Ultra-Speed + CD-RW, Multi-Speed CD-RW, High-Speed CD-RW, Ultra-Speed CD-RW
Media is manufactured with different levels of quality. Please note this product does not guarantee writing at write speeds specified on media.
p/n PBG4DVDR8DL-A: PowerBook G4 (12" Aluminum, 15" Aluminum or Titanium, or 17" Aluminum) with CD-RW, Combo or SuperDrive running Mac OS 9, Mac OS 10.2, Mac OS 10.3, Mac OS 10.4 (or later)
p/n PBG4DVDR8DL: PowerBook G4 (15" Titanium) with DVD-ROM only drive running Mac OS 9, Mac OS 10.2, Mac OS 10.3, Mac OS 10.4 (or later)