OWC Lowers Price on "Quad Interface" Blu-ray Drives for Macs & PCs
Posted Jul 24, 2009

Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today that it has lowered prices on its Mercury ProTM Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line and has introduced two new special Mac bundles that include the full $149.99 retail version of Toast 10 Titanium Pro,the easiest tool for Mac users to burn music, video, photos, and data files onto CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. The Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drives are the only Blu-ray burners on the market that provide the flexibility of a "Quad Interface" of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA for Plug & Play compatibility with both Windows and Macintosh systems.

Pricing for OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line:

OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive (model OWCMRF8UEBDW6) $299.99. Up to 6X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 40X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive (model OWCMRF8BDSD8X) $349.99. Up to 8X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Special Mac User Bundle: OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive and Toast 10 Titanium Pro (model OWCMRF8UEBDW6T) $399.99. Up to 6X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 40X CD Burn Speeds. Includes full retail box version Toast 10 Titanium Pro, all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Special Mac User Bundle: OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive and Toast 10 Titanium Pro (model OWCMRF8BDSD8XT) $449.99. Up to 8X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes full retail box version Toast 10 Titanium Pro, all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Burn 50,000 JPEG Images, 17,500 MP3 Songs, or 25 DVD Movies on a Single Blu-ray Disc

Available immediately priced starting at $299.99, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are ideal for consumers with large amounts of High-Definition or other video, photos, music, and data files that they want to author, archive, or retrieve using a single disk. Capable of burning up to 50GB of data -- equal to 50,000 JPEG images, 17,500 MP3 songs, 25 DVD quality movies, or just under four hours of High Definition video -- onto a single Blu-ray disc as quickly as 30 minutes, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives also read and/or write virtually all types of optical media, including DVD R/RW & Dual-Layer, DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW.

Special Mac Bundles Include $149.99 Retail Version of Toast 10 Titanium Pro

A $149.99 retail value, Toast 10 Titanium Pro is included with two new OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives bundles for Mac users. A long time Mac favorite tool for burning CDs and DVDs, Toast 10 Titanium Pro takes burning on Macs to the next level with built-in Blu-ray data and video disc burning capabilities, in addition to DVD & CD support. Ideal for creative professionals and designers, as well as home photo and video hobbyists, Toast 10 Titanium Pro supports the burning of massive amounts of raw data files, as well as the creation of fully playable Blu-ray video discs. Using this included software, Mac users can convert and burn a wide variety of QuickTime compatible files and HD video footage from AVCHD camcorders, TiVo DVRs, ElGato's EyeTV, etc. and then play the discs on any standard Blu-ray set-top box or PS3 game console.

"With up to 8X Blu-ray write speeds for burning up to 2GB per minute, four interfaces for the fastest performance with any computer, all connection cables included, and two media disks included, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives give Mac and PC users with a large amount of data the complete performance package to convert those files to Blu-ray disc quickly and easily," said Larry O'Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. "For Mac users, the two special Toast bundles represent an outstanding value on the easiest drag and drop video to Blu-ray disk burning application on the market."

The OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line has been fully tested for compatibility with most Mac and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burning, Apple iLife Suite, Apple Final Cut Studio 2 (exporting edited video to Toast for Blu-ray mastering), EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and Nero Burning.

For more information on the OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drive solutions, visit:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/optical-drives/

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod, and iPhone enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Interest access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net

OWC's industry awards and recognition include: Crain's Chicago Business2009 "Fast 50" List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; BizRate's Gold Circle of Excellence, 2004 to 2008; Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 & 2008; Crain's Chicago Business 2008 Largest Privately Held Companies List; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation2008 Business Champion Award.

OWC corporate headquarters in Woodstock, IL will soon be awarded "Platinum" level certification, the highest level given by the United States Green Building Council's LEED program, for compliance with environmentally sound building methods which incorporate innovative use of "green" systems and materials. Later this year, OWC will again take a leadership role in environmental stewardship by installing a clean power source wind turbine that will generate more than double the amount of power required by OWC's operations.

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