With a view to further increasing its 60 per cent share in the booming CD Rewritable (CD-RW) market, Hewlett-Packard has launched a new portfolio of high performance CD-RW products.
The portfolio includes new HP CD-Writer Plus 8100i and a range of software for the CD-Writer 7200 and 8100i series designed to improve performance and affordability of CD-Rewritable products.
Hewlett-Packard claims the new CD-Writer Plus 8100i to be the highest performing CD-RW product available for under $1000.
"As the worldwide leader in CD-RW technology, HP is dedicated to providing business and home users with the most complete line of affordable read/write CD-based solutions," Amy Potts, HP Australia's market development manager for Information Storage products, said.
"Our customers told us they wanted more choices, faster drives and lower prices, that is exactly what we're giving them with this family of products."
The 8100i series drive will allow users to read, write and rewrite CDs at improved speed, with the initial formatting time reduced to only five minutes.
According to HP officials, competing CD-RW drives still demand a full hour-long formatting data process before CD-RW discs can be used.
The drive is based on a fast 24x CD reader combined with an improved 4x CD-R writer and the consistent 2x CD-RW writer. It comes with Adaptec Easy CD Creator software and HP's Disaster Recovery solution.
Industry sources expect some six million CD-RW drives to be sold in 1999.
The HP CD-Writer Plus 8100i package is available now and has an RRP of $899.