|Iomega Corp., a manufacturer of data-management solutions, has announced
the release of the Iomega Predator external CD-RW drive. According to the
company, the Predator drive combines breakthrough design, interchangeable
interfaces, and a comprehensive software bundle to deliver outstanding
value to customers.
The Iomega Predator drive is compatible with Macintosh and PC platforms
and sets a new standard of functionality for external CD-RW drives. Iomega
has discarded the shoebox dimensions of typical CD-RW products and trimmed
away the excess bulk and weight. The result is a new, low-profile design
of sculpted curves and rounded edges. The drive also replaces the motorized,
front-loading drive tray of most other external drives with a top-loading
design similar to that of portable CD players. The new design is quieter,
mechanically simpler, and treats CDs more gently than front-loading players,
which can pinch an improperly inserted disc.
“Iomega is making big gains in CD-RW sales by identifying and meeting
emerging consumer needs,” said Doug Collier, Iomega’s vice president of
product management and business development. “The CD-RW market [was] expected
to more than double [in 2000], and yet the number of computers sold without
a CD-RW drive is projected to continue growing. Our position as the number-two
brand in U.S. retail CD-RW sales tells us that there is a huge opportunity
to meet the consumer need for style and simplicity in an easy-to-use external
drive—and that’s exactly what we have created with the Iomega Predator
The Predator CD-RW drive, which has a rated performance of 8x4x32x,
supports popular interfaces by using detachable and interchangeable adapters.
The Predator drive was expected to begin shipping in late December bundled
with a USB 1.1 adapter offering 4x4x6x performance; early this year the
drive will be bundled with a FireWire adapter offering 8x4x32x performance.
With additional options planned for release, users will be able to easily
switch among any of four hot-swappable connection types: USB 1.1, FireWire,
PCMCIA, and USB 2.0. These choices will allow Predator owners to transform
their drives as needed for different desktop and laptop interfaces.
The Predator drive’s software suite includes Adaptec Easy CD Creator
4.0, Adaptec DirectCD 3.0, Adaptec Toast, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, MGI
Photosuite, Iomega Quik Sync 2 software (30-day trial version), andAdobeActiveShare
software.Also included in the package are two CD-R discs and one preformatted
CD-RW disc, audio cables, a data cable, an external power supply, and a
third-party bonus software offer.
The Iomega Predator external CD-RW drive in USB 1.1 configuration is
expected to retail for $269.95. The Predator drive with FireWire support
will be available in U.S. stores during the first quarter of this year
Source: Iomega Corp., Roy, UT, 801/ 332-1000; http://www.iomega.com.