Reprinted from a Memorex press release:

Memorex delivers the hottest in DVD recording with its new external DVD drive. The Memorex True 8X(TM) External Dual Format DVD Recorder is the most comprehensive drive package available, making it easy to upgrade your laptop or desktop PC with the latest DVD and CD burning hardware and software. Featuring a stylish silver and black design, precision recording and a complete software bundle, Memorex takes this drive to the extreme, delivering true 8X write speeds on both DVD+R and DVD-R discs.

With the External True 8X External drive, Memorex once again delivers the fastest available burning speeds. Many competing recorders on the market are advertised as 8X drives, but are actually 8X4 drives that use a process commonly known as “overburning” to stretch 4X technology and 4X media beyond its limits. This newest 8X8 Memorex drive uses the latest recording specs to deliver true 8X speed without overburning, ensuring consumers the fastest speeds and highest quality recording experience. The drive records a full two hours of top quality video on a DVD disc in only 12 minutes.

The True 8X External drive also writes to CD-R discs at 32X; rewrites DVD+RW discs at 4X, DVD-RW discs at 4X and CD-RW discs at 24X; and reads DVD-ROM at 12X and CD-ROM at 40X speeds. Featuring both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394a FireWire interfaces, the drive offers universal connectivity at blazingly fast speeds of 480 Mbs for USB 2.0 and 400 Mbs for FireWire.

“With our True 8X External DVD recorder, we combined the industry’s most advanced DVD recording technology with the market’s most comprehensive software bundle in a package that consumers can use with a desktop or laptop PC,” said Melanie Lukesh, product marketing manager, optical and magnetic storage. “The result is the industry’s highest performing, most reliable DVD drive on the market today, at an exceptional value.”

With the True 8X External drive, consumers will find it easy to create Hollywood-style DVD movies, convert old VHS tapes to DVD, edit and save precious digital photos, and store data and audio files. Additionally, a headphone jack and volume control on the front of the drive make private listening of your favorite movies and music effortless.

A Complete Package
Memorex optical drive products continue to take the guesswork out of creating custom DVDs and CDs. The comprehensive software suite from Nero includes many extras that provide advanced video and photo editing capabilities, as well as several DVD authoring features that enhance the experience of making movies on PCs. These include:

  • Nero Express 6 — Nero Express combines the strength and performance of Nero with an easy to understand interface. Nero Express supports every CD-RW and DVD-RW drive imaginable, making sure that users will be able to quickly and easily create their data, audio and video projects.
  • Nero Vision Express 2 — Consumers can easily and quickly record and edit video from all sources including USB, Firewire, Analog, MPEG capture cards, TV Cards, and more. It features animated menus and buttons and flexible templates, allows for authoring and burning to DVD-Video, miniDVD, SVCD and VCD, and features full Video Editing functions with Hollywood style transitions, video effects, text effects, splits and cuts.
  • Nero INCD 4 — The definitive “drag and drop” writing solution for Rewritable discs, this is the most reliable packet-writing program in the industry. Consumers can write to CD and DVD Rewritable media like a floppy.
  • Nero BackItUP — Easy to operate, convenient, and powerful, this MS-Outlook look and feel is a wizard for backup jobs, large and small. It features multiple backup modes and allows for backup spanning on several CDs and DVDs so users can be confident their data is secure.
  • PhotoShow Deluxe — Included exclusively in the Memorex External True 8X drive, the award winning PhotoShow Deluxe allows you to store and edit all your digital photos and images with professional quality tools and ease.

    The External True 8X package also includes Memorex DVD media, an illustrated guide for installation, an easy-to-follow hardware manual, and USB 2.0 and FireWire connection cables.

    Pricing and Availability
    The Memorex True 8X External Dual Format DVD recorder will be in stores this month at an estimated street price of $229.99. Memorex optical storage products include toll-free technical support and a limited one-year warranty.