MicroSolutions' CD writer makes transfers a breeze

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April 18, 2002

I was swept away with delight at the sheer speed of the latest external CD-writing device from MicroSolutions Inc., the longtime leader in drives that connect to PCs by way of the parallel port.

The Backpack Triple Play includes cables and software to connect to PCs by way of the new ultra-fast USB 2.0 ports. The new ports are at least 40 times faster than the current USB and parallel ports.

Since computers still do not come with USB 2.0 ports, buyers will need to acquire a USB 2.0 PCI card to get this feature. These cards cost $60 to $100, but PCs will soon come with USB 2.0 ports as standard equipment. So, drives purchased now should have a long life.

The single best use for this supercharged CD burner is backing up huge data files for transfer among computers at upgrade time. The USB 2.0 feature transfers data at 32x, a very impressive performance indeed. But the Triple Play also can be connected to older computers by way of the parallel port, regular USB connectors or through the PC Card slot on laptops.

No product matches the Backpack Triple Play for people who use a variety of computers, since the parallel port lets it talk even to machines running Windows NT 4, a godsend for those of us who must schlep stuff from NT computers at work to modern machines at home.

Information: www.micro-so lutions.com or 800-890-7227.

James Coates/KRT

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