The DVD burners in the iMac (8X write speed for DVD
While 20X DVD media isn't readily available, the Mercury Pro can burn certain 16X DVD
The Mercury Pro comes in a metallic gray plastic enclosure and features two FireWire 400 ports and a single USB port, with power provided by a small AC adapter. The enclosure employs a cooling fan that will add a slight bit of background noise to your work environment when the drive is not actually accessing a disc.
The OWC software bundle includes NTI's Dragon Burn 4.1.6, ProSoft's Data Backup 3.0.4, and a demo version of SmileOnMyMac's DiscLabel 5.2.3 (the full version is US$36). Informal testing using 16X DVD-R media at 20X burning delivered a seven percent speed boost over the same media burned at 16X.
Macworld's buying advice
All told, the OWC Mercury Pro is a decent value. But while OWC throws in a starter kit of blanks (25 CD-Rs and 5 LightScribe-compatible DVDs), they only ship the demo version of SmileOnMyMac's DiscLabel 5.2.3, which you need to create the LightScribe labels. For $130, LaCie offers the
[Jeffy Milstead is a former Macworld lab analyst and a writer living in San Francisco.]
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