Reprinted from a TDK press release:

TDK, a world leader in digital recording and playback solutions, is now shipping the fastest-ever external Indi DVD Multiformat burner (model DED+840). Featuring 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD-R and 40x CD recording speeds along with USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity, TDK’s newest Indi DVD model is the industry’s premier performance powerhouse. Now customers can record a complete DVD in only 8 minutes and can use the same drive to rip or record a full CD in 3 minutes. Indi DVD’s included software suite features an extensive complement of video and audio applications that allow users to create, edit and share custom DVDs and CDs complete with video, digital images, MP3 files, audio and data.

Nick Ikeya, TDK Executive Director, Hardware Product Management noted, "The new external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner offers the ideal combination of form and function. Sleek and attractively styled, it seamlessly integrates into desktop and workstation environments, and is the ideal choice for laptop computer owners. Featuring a plug-and-play design and a powerful software suite, Indi DVD delivers the ultimate DVD and CD recording experience." Ikeya continued, "The new Indi DVD is the first external burner that delivers unrivaled DVD burning performance and blazing CD recording speeds from a single drive."

Versatility, Performance and Style
The ultra-versatile Indi DVD records DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW and CD-R/RW media, and offers the highest playback compatibility with home DVD players. Thanks to its industry-leading 8x DVD recording speed, Indi DVD burns a complete 4.7GB DVD+R in 8 minutes, and with 40x CD recording, it creates a full 700MB CD in only 3 minutes. Offering unrivaled audio ripping precision for perfect sonic results,
Indi DVD utilizes 40x CD ripping speed to transfer a full music CD to a computer’s hard drive in only 3 minutes. Because the external Indi DVD offers both FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity, customers are assured that the drive will easily connect to their desktop and laptop computers.

TDK’s exclusive launcher interface enables accessing the software suite’s extensive functionality from a single, simple screen. As a result, it’s equally easy for novices and experts to create Hollywood style DVDs and photo slideshows that can be shared and played back on virtually any home DVD player.

Offering superior DVD performance specifications and ease of operation, the external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner lets aspiring directors quickly turn their ideas into movie premieres. With Indi DVD, users can store up to two hours of high-resolution, DVD-quality footage (or up to four hours of better-than-VHS-quality footage) on a single 4.7GB DVD disc.

Software Suite Offers a Winning Combination of Power and Simplicity
For optimum DVD burning performance, TDK bundles a comprehensive version of Roxio’s Easy CD & DVD Creator with the external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 is a powerful, yet simple DVD and CD recording solution. And to expand Indi DVD’s functionality even further, TDK added Roxio DVDMax DVD playback software, Roxio PhotoSuite Lite image capturing and editing software, that make the external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat a highly versatile multimedia solution.

For Mac users, the external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner also includes Roxio Toast Lite. Long respected as the leading Mac DVD and CD recording application, Toast Lite features an intuitive graphical interface that makes it easy to harness the power of the Mac, and record all types of multimedia discs.

Featuring both DVD editing and authoring, the included Roxio DVD Builder software enables rapid importing and editing of footage to create dynamic, entertaining videos. Aspiring directors can manipulate the order of clips within a movie simply by dragging and dropping. Transitions, professional quality
menus, special effects, graphics, text titles and music can be added with ease. Indi DVD and DVD Builder make creating Hollywood-style DVD videos effortless–friends and family will be amazed by the results.

In addition to its exceptional recording capabilities, Indi DVD’s DVDMax software also enables a computer to play video store commercial DVD discs, and features a convenient on-screen display that provides ready access to all DVD playback functions and viewing options.

With AudioCentral, entire music collections can be played, ripped, organized and burned to CD. The ultimate tool for creating digital photo slideshows, PhotoSuite Lite allows importing, editing, organizing and sharing digital images as never before. Copying discs becomes a straightforward operation with Disc Copier, while Drag-to-Disc offers drag-and-drop DVD recording. Creator Classic features a wide variety of recording modes that will satisfy advanced users and beginners alike. Label Creator makes it fun for anyone to design stylish, custom DVD and CD labels.

Easy Installation and Unrivaled Technical Support
The external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner offers true plug-and-play operation, with setup taking only a few minutes. Thanks to TDK’s easy instructions and simple, yet thorough documentation, customers can rapidly set up the drive and burn DVDs right away. All Indi DVD burners are supplied with a printed hardware/software manual, and digital software instructions. However, in case a customer runs into the slightest problem during set up or use, all TDK products include the company’s acclaimed 7 days a week technical support. TDK’s knowledgeable and helpful support staff will readily resolve any questions or issues. Along with toll-free telephone support, customers can also access in-depth FAQs and technical support from the TDK web site, which includes a live chat feature.

TDK Offers the Widest Choice of Recordable DVD Media
TDK offers the widest range of DVD recording media, including DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW discs for general use and authoring. Manufactured to the world’s most demanding standards, TDK’s recordable DVD media is the most reliable and durable in the industry, and offers the highest compatibility with DVD burners, DVD-ROM drives and home DVD players.

The external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat (Model DED+840) is currently available at an estimated street price of $299.99. In addition to the new external 8x Indi DVD Multiformat burner, TDK offers an internal 8x Indi DVD Multiformat Burner (Model AID+840), which is currently available at an estimated street price of $249.99.

External 8x Indi DVD Multiformat Burner (Model DED+840) Specifications

DVD Write Speed    8x (+R); 4X (-R) 
DVD Rewrite Speed  4X (+RW); 2X (-RW) 
DVD Read Speed    12X 
CD Write Speed    40X 
CD Rewrite Speed  24X 
CD Read Speed     40X 
CD Rip Speed      40X 

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