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Post by Apoptosis » Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:09 am

SAN JOSE, CA USA – June 21, 2004 – AOpen® Inc., an award-winning,
global leader in PC component design and manufacturing, today announced
that it is now shipping two new USB 2.0 optical drives: the external AOpen
Combo5232 Drive (Model EHB-5232U) and the external AOpen Slim 4X
DVD+/-RW Drive (Model ESV-289U) in North America. These drives are
perfectly suited for users on the go who need to quickly and easily switch
from desktop to notebook and back – or any other computing and storage
demand that requires the greatest flexibility with maximum performance.

“Now that we have the internal drive technology nailed-down solid, it’s
time for us to introduce portable models with the same great features,” said
Scott Chien, Vice President, Optical Storage Devices, AOpen Inc. “These two
performers are both USB 2.0 drives with a host of extended features and a
bonus bundle of software that will let anyone create anything from basic data
storage to professional-quality movies,” Chien went on to say.

Both products come with an impressive software bundle with
mainstream recording and authoring software, like Ahead Nero, NeoDVD,
PowerDVD and Video Studio, depending on the drive model and its respective
writing capabilities. They also are delivered with the USB 2.0 interface;
support plug-and-play functionality; are hot-swappable; provide buffer
under-run error prevention; and come with stereo CD-audio outputs. The
drives are capable of writing and re-writing many CD or DVD formats, and
the ESV-289U 4X DVD+/-RW Drive boasts the same functionality and
performance as an internal DVD-ROM drive.

The external AOpen Combo5232 Drive has an MSRP of $99.99; and the
external AOpen DVD+/-RW Drive has an MSRP of $249. Both drives come with
a 1-year limited warranty.

For more information and detailed specifications for
these quality optical drive products from AOpen, please visit:

Combo5232: ... -5232U.htm
DVD+/-RW Drive:

About AOpen:
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with AOpen America’s headquarters
in San Jose, California, AOpen Inc. is the world’s largest total PC component
solutions manufacturer and a member of an $18-billion technology group.
Leveraging more than 28 years of technology manufacturing experience and
more than 1,000 Group patents, AOpen designs, manufactures and markets
high-quality, state-of-the-art motherboards; housings; small-form-factor
bare systems; VGA cards; white-box notebooks; optical drives; multimedia
headsets and headphones; multimedia and network solutions; as well as
numerous other PC component products sold through VARs to institutional,
corporate, education and government customers, and via retailers to small
business and end-user customers.

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