French manufacturer LaCie has announced the availability of a new CD writer based on the USB 2.0 standard. The LaCie Fusion USB 2.0 CD Writer is made of an aluminium base. With a lightweight design, no larger than a personal CD player, the burner can plug in to any computer with a USB port and burn a full audio CD in less than four minutes. It also backs up data disks at 12x. The CD writer comes with a power supply, a USB 2.0 cable, CD writing software, manuals and a one-year warranty for a retail price of $399 (including GST). It is available from mid-May from distributor IT Wholesale.