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MCE 8X Blu-ray Disc External Recordable Drive - MCE

The MCE 8X Blu-ray Disc External Recordable Drive is a desktop optical drive that connects to your Mac via USB 2.0 or eSATA. It can burn Blu-ray discs ... read more at Macworld

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Mercury Pro 8X Blu-ray External - Other World Computing

Just because Apple hasn’t embraced Blu-ray doesn’t mean that we Mac users are left out in the cold. OWC, along with other companies, have decided to start offering Blu-ray burners for the Mac-using public ... read more at Macworld

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MediaStation 8X External Blu-ray Writer - Buffalo Technology

They say that you can’t tell a book by its cover, and that is definitely true for Buffalo's MediaStation 8X External Blu-ray Writer. Its clunky black case—with the flimsy door that doesn’t match the putty-colored drive mechanism it holds ... read more at Macworld

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Pixela DVD Burner - Pixela

The Pixela DVD Burner uses a USB connection to work with camcorders that store videos on a hard drive or on flash memory, such as a SD card. You use the DVD Burner to create data or movie DVDs directly from the camcorder. When it works, there’s no need to use a Mac to create a quick movie DVD... read more at MacLife

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Sony DRX-830UL-T external burner - Sony

Disc burning can be a delicate process: it’s safest to minimize your computer activity while burning to avoid ruining a disc. This, of course, spells out downtime while waiting for your disc to burn. With blazingly fast maximum burn rates, Sony’s external DRX-830UL-T won’t leave you twiddling your thumbs for too long... read more at Macworld

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Lacie D2 DVD+/-RW with LightScribe 16x - LaCie

LightScribe, invented by HP and then spun off, uses a special laser built into your drive to draw images and text onto a thin dye-based coating on the non-data side of a LightScribe disc. Just insert a LightScribe disc, data side up, into the drive and use the included LaCie LightScribe Labeler software to create your own custom, monochrome labels etched onto the surface of the disc ... read more at Macworld

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SlimDVDup - ILY

The SlimDVDup walks you through the almost effortless duplication procedure via the unit's LCD. The SlimDVDup has two drives: a DVD-ROM and a dual-format DVD burner. After you insert the master disc in the DVD-ROM and a blank disc in the burner, SlimDVDup asks you for a recording speed, and then it copies the disc. You can also copy individual tracks of a music CD instead of the whole CD. When the job is done, you can insert another blank disc to make more copies ... read more at MacAddict

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Sony DRX-710UL/T - Sony

Pros: Flexible connectivity options; fastest 16X burn speed.
Cons: Expensive; slowest dual-layer burn speed ... read more at Macworld

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Plextor PX-716UF - Plextor

Pros: Flexible connectivity options; burns 2.4X-rated dual-layer media at 4X; fast 16X burn speeds; fastest read speeds.
Cons: Expensive ... read more at Macworld

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OWC Mercury FireWire/USB2 D108 DVD±RW - OWC

Pros: Inexpensive; flexible connectivity options; includes 25 CD-R discs and five 8X DVD-R discs; burns 2.4X-rated dual-layer media at 4X.
Cons: Burns 16X media at 8X speeds ... read more at Macworld

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Kanguru Quicksilver 16X QS-FW DVDRW FireWire - Kanguru

Pros: Inexpensive; burns 2.4X-rated dual-layer media at 4X.
Cons: Slow read speeds ... read more at Macworld

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Iomega Super DVD Writer 16X - Iomega

Pros: Flexible cross-platform compatibility due to USB 2.0.
Cons: Slow 16X and dual-layer burn speeds ... read more at Macworld

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EZQuest Boa 16X DVD±RW Double Layer FireWire - EZQuest

Keeping up with the ever-changing DVD-burner market could be a job in itself. Every few months, faster drives are announced, new features get introduced, and competing (and confusing) disc formats continue to play leapfrog in the quest for market dominance. The most recent technological development in DVD writers is dual-layer burning ... read more at Macworld

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d2 DVD±RW Double Layer - LaCie

LaCie's 16X d2 DVD±RW Double Layer burner enters the battle for the fastest (and most chic) DVD±R burner on the block. The d2 can burn up to 8.5GB onto a double-layer disc at almost twice the speed of its predecessor, the 8X d2 DVD±RW ( Oct/04, p62), and it burns single-layer DVD±R media at 16X. We thought the 8X d2 was fast—the 16X d2's speed is even more impressive ... read more at MacAddict

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CanoScan 8400F - Canon

Using the high-speed port, the 8400F was impressively speedy. It beat the more expensive 9900F by 30 seconds in a 1200dpi, 48-bit scan of a 4x6 photo. It tied the same scanner when scanning a 35mm slide at 2,400 dpi and 48 bits... ... read more at Macworld

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CanoScan 9950F - Canon

The CanoScan 9950F bumps the optical resolution up from 3,200 dpi to 4,800 dpi. It supports both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connections and ships with a stack of film holders to hold just about any common format.. ... read more at Macworld

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Mercury Pro DVD-/+RW - Other World Computing

We've seen enough external DVD burners so that it takes a little something extra to impress us—and Other World Computing's Mercury Pro DVD-/+RW provides that something. Among the extras are a software bundle that includes the capable DragonBurn for CD and DVD burning, and stacks of blank media—25 CD-Rs and 5 DVD-Rs—so you can hit the ground burning. ... read more at MacAddict

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Mercury Ti SuperDrive 4x PowerBook Upgrade - Other World Computing

If you bought a PowerBook G4 that was released prior to November 2002, you probably envy the built-in burning capabilities of the current crop of PowerBooks. With Other World Computing's (OWC's) internal Mercury Ti SuperDrive 4x, you can set aside those thoughts of inadequacy, but you'll need the technical expertise to disassemble your PowerBook ... read more at Macworld

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RoadStor Portable CD Burner - MicroSolutions

MicroSolutions' RoadStor reads all major media cards and burns their contents to CD—no computer required. It supports Compact Flash I and II, Microdrive, SecureDigital, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick and burns multisession CDs with ease—you can use the same 700MB capacity CD until it's full. For fieldwork, the unit includes a rechargeable LiIon battery that will power it for two hours ... read more at MacAddict

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Apacer Disc Steno CP100 - Apacer

The Apacer Disc Steno CP100 allows you to burn media content to CD directly from memory cards. It may look like a large CD writer, but it has two memory card slots. The first accommodates CompactFlash Type I and II, as well as the Type II size Microdrives, while the second is a four-in-one reader for SD/MMC, SmartMedia and Memory Stick ... read more at MacUserUK

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BOA SLIM DVD-RW - EZQuest

Though its size keeps it from being lightning fast, the Boa Slim performed solidly with the included software, iTunes and Roxio Toast Titanium 6. In Toast 6, it burned near-capacity DVDs in less than a half hour consistently. Using Discribe, it ripped a 40-minute CD in seven minutes and burned it in about five ... read more at macHOME

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LaCie FireWire PocketDVD-RW - LaCie

The LaCie FireWire PocketDVD-RW is a DVD burner pared down to the bare minimum. It handles both DVD-R and DVD-RW discs, and can also burn to CD. The PocketDVD-RW creates DVD-R and RW at single speed and stores 4.7Gb of data per disc. It's primarily designed as a portable solution, but there's nothing to stop you using it with a desktop machine ... read more at MacUserUK

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Pyro DV Drive - Primera

Transferring video footage from a digital camcorder to your Mac's hard drive is a tedious task–which is why videographers dream of a straight-to-hard-disk DV recording solution. ADS Technologies has the wake-up call: a hard drive that can ride along on your belt, capturing footage from your video camera and converting it on the fly into editable DV ... read more at MacAddict

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indiDVD (DVD+/-R/RW CD-R/RW ) - TDK

If you're stricken with SuperDrive envy, there are plenty of new, Mac-compatible, external FireWire DVD/CD burners. The TDK indiDVD trumps Apple's current SuperDrive in a few ways, writing to DVD+R/RW media as well as DVD-R/RW ... read more at macHOME

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Bravo Disc Publisher - Primera

Disc Production Speeds Along with Personal DVD/CD Duplicator and Printer - If you frequently burn, label, and distribute your own CDs or DVDs, you now have an alternative to sending a master disc to a disc-duplication service. The Bravo Disc Publisher, from Primera Technology, has everything you need to perform automated duplication and labeling of DVDs and CDs ... read more at Macworld

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DVD-RW/CD-RW (superdrive) - LaCie

On the surface, LaCie's latest external FireWire drive looks much like the rest of the company's current lineup: boxy and blue-faced, a no-frills, no-nonsense device. But pop the hood, and you'll see what's special about this drive. Lurking behind the faceplate is none other than a Pioneer DVR-103 ... read more at MacAddict

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Devideon (SuperDrive) - Formac

"Inside the case is a Pioneer DVR-A05, Pioneer's third-generation consumer optical burner, which--like Apple's SuperDrive--can write to (and read) General DVD-R (not the high-end Authoring DVD-R), DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media" ... read more at MacAddict

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Lucid-24 24x10x24 Portable FireWire CD-RW - MCE

"If you're in the market for a portable FireWire CD-RW drive, consider the MCE Lucid-24. This sleek, transparent drive looks cool, weighs only one pound and measures a diminutive 6.5 x 5.5 x 7/8th inches-ideal for those who travel light." ... read more at macHOME

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CRW-F1ZDX CD Recorder - Yamaha

"When we first heard about this Yamaha CD recorder, it appealed to the right side of our brains. A burner that efficiently handles the tedium of archiving while letting us etch graphics on our CDs? Cool! Well, kind of" ... read more at MacAddict

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MPD-AP20U - Sony

"The Sony MPD-AP20U is the first portable, battery-powered CD-RW and DVD-ROM drive that doubles as a standalone CD and MP3 player." ... read more at macHOME

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Mercury Pro FireWire DVD-RW (48x12x48) - Other World Computing

"We love the idea of burning digital video onto DVD disks, but if you can't spring for a new Mac with Apple's DVD-burning SuperDrive, OWC's Mercury Pro external FireWire burner provides the same functionality...almost." ... read more at MacAddict

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Boa FireWire CD-RW (48x12x48) - EZQuest

"Holy hyperspeed, Batman! 48X disc burning? Believe it, and the latest generation of EZQuest's Boa CD-RW backs up this insane burn speed with 48X read and 12X rewrite speeds. A 2MB burn-proof buffer spared us any burned burns." ... read more at MacAddict

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VeloCD FP-241032 (24x10x32) - TDK

"TDK doesn't ignore trends. Hip to the continuing national obsession with CD burning, they've released the 241032FP [sic], a slim addition to their successful veloCD re-writer line." ... read more at macHOME

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VeloVD 24x10x40 - TDK

"We thoroughly dug TDK's veloCD 16X burner last year (Reviews, Oct/01, p45), and this time out, the veloCD is packing more than just a 50 percent boost in burn speed" ... read more at MacAddict

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Spyder - Yamaha (USB 2.0)

"Yamaha claims the Spyder is the first USB 2.0 CD-RW drive. At press time, Apple is still on the fence about supporting USB 2.0, but Yamaha offers two solutions" ... read more at macHOME

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Lucid CD-RW - MCE (FireWire)

"The MCE Lucid drive is the right choice for portable burns, but there's no reason not to use it with a desktop, too" ... read more at macHOME

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DVD Revo FireWire DVD-RW - CD Cyclone

"The DVD Revo is arguably one of the better looking drives in this Lab test. Along with the two QPS drives it also shares the prize as the smallest" ... read more at MacUser UK

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CRX1750L/A2 (24x10x40) - Sony

The Sony CD-R/ RW 24x10x40 is a top choice for desktop Macs. Its conventional shape is similar to a lean hardcover book, ... read more at macHOME

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Que! Fire (24x10x40) - QPS

With burn speeds of 24X (CD-R) and 10X (CD-RW), the QueFire can be too fast for its own good. Despite the roomy 2MB buffer cache, the dreaded buffer-underrun error is a threat when you're burning CD-Rs at top speed ... read more at MacAddict

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CRW2200FXZ (20x10x40) - Yamaha

Once again, Yamaha pushes the limits of CD burning as the first to break the 20X burn speed barrier. Yamaha claims the CRW2200FXZ burns at 20X (10X rewrite), and tops out at 40X when reading data and ripping audio CDs. As they say in Detroit, your mileage may vary - ours did, in a bad way ... read more at MacAddict

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U&I 16x10x40 (FireWire & USB) - LaCie

These days, 24X burn speed is the buzzword in the CD-RW industry, and LaCie's latest 24X U&I CD-RW drive does not disappoint in speed or performance ... read more at MacAddict

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Odixion Digicopier - Odixion (SCSI CD copier)

What makes the Odixion Digicopier Uno Premium stand out from most other 24x CD-RWs is its ability to copy CDs without the need for a compute ... read more at MacUser UK

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HighFly FireWire CD-RW (24x10x40) - One Technologies

The HighFly FireWire CD-RW burns 24x, rewrites at 10x and offers playback at 40x. It comes in a sliver and black finish, which fits in nicely with Apple's latest Power Mac G4 colour scheme ... read more at MacUser UK

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Boa FireWire DVD-R/RW - EZQuest

The SuperDrive, as Apple calls it, is now available in two Power Mac models and standalone versions are now being released in the UK. The EZQuest Boa FireWire DVD-R/RW is one of the first to arrive. ... read more at MacUser UK

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DVDRAM/R (aka DVD-Rambo) - LaCie

Pioneer's DVD-RW/CD-RW drive has started to appear in many external devices. LaCie has gone one step further and launched a combined DVD-RAM and DVD-R drive as well ... read more at MacUser UK

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veloCD FireWire External (16x10x40) - TDK

this drive sure is purty. The 16X write/10X rewrite/40X read veloCD has a space-age feel with its sleek silver exterior; a cool-blue illuminated tube runs across the top and pulsates whenever you burn or play a disc. It's also one of the best-designed casings we've seen ... read more at MacAddict

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PocketDrive CD-RW (FireWire/USB) - La Cie

We wanted to like the PocketDrive CD-RW when we first took it out of its box - it's compact and lightweight enough to throw in a bag, includes both FireWire (two) and USB (one) connectors and the respective cables, and comes with Toast 4.12. We even overlooked the hefty price tag in consideration of its diminutive stature. But performance is what really counts, ... read more at MacAddict

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Predator FireWire CD-RW (8x4x32) - Iomega

We like eye candy, but sometimes a product's cool quotient can't cloak its poor performance. Such is the case with Iomega's sleek Predator FireWire CD-RW ... read more at MacAddict

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Boa FireWire CD-RW (24x10x40) - EZQuest

We're twiddling our thumbs...not because we're waiting for the Boa FireWire CD-RW to finish burning our collection of CDs, but because we can't find anything to do with the extra time its quickness has gifted us. We're not kidding - with its 24X write speed, the Boa recorded some of our CDs in less time than it took to peel off their cellophane wrappers ... read more at MacAddict

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MiniCDRW - Archos

If you are knowledgeable about CD-RWs and you want to get right to work burning CDs after you open the box, the CD Revo isn't a bad choice --it certainly has impressive speeds ... read more at macHOME

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LightSpeed CD-RW Recorder CRW2100FXZ - Yamaha

Has 8MB buffer ... read more at Macworld

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FireWire Que!Fire 16x10x40 - QPS

Good performance + Generous buffer + FireWire connection ... read more at MacUser UK

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Alien 16x10x40 External FireWire - MadLogix

Slowest CD-ROM read times. ... read more at Macworld

 

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Formac FireWire CD-RW (16x10x40) - Formac

The drive features two FireWire ports and stereo RCA outs, and it ships with Adaptec Toast 4.11, which garners major points ... read more at MacAddict

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FireCD 16x10x40 Yamaha - FireWireDirect

Has 8MB buffer ... read more at Macworld

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Boa FireWire (16x10x40) - EZQuest

Great performance + Burn-Proof support + FireWire connection ... read more at MacUser UK

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FireWire 16x10x40 - ClubMac (CD-RW)

iMac-colored faceplates ... read more at Macworld

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FireWire CD-Rewritable Drive - Acomdata

Stackable case ... read more at Macworld

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FireWire CDRevo - CD CyClone

Small case. ... read more at Macworld

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USB 4x4x24 USB CD-RW - LaCie

Limited cache. ... read more at Macworld

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Predator - Iomega (8x4x32 )

The greater speed of the FireWire interface means this drive can provide 8x4x32x performance - 8x for creating CD-R disks, 4x for CD-RW and 32x when acting as an ordinary CD-ROM drive ... read more at MacUser UK

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Boa USB CDRW (4x4x32) - EZQuest

Door to case can stay open ... read more at Macworld

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CDRevo 4x4x32 USB - CD CyClone

Limited cache ... read more at Macworld

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Designer Combo CD-RW/DVD - Formac

This high-speed FireWire CD-RW drive can also read DVD-ROM discs. Following the same design as many of Formac's other new products, the drive features soft, almost seductive curves, as well as a metallic finish that goes well with the side-panels of a Power Mac G4, or G4 Cube ... read more at MacUser UK

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CD-RW 2100YD-Mac - Dynatek

SCSI is less versatile than FireWire, but otherwise recording speed is not affected one jot. Unfortunately, the main problem with this drive is its incredibly annoying buzz ... read more at MacUser UK

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Box Clever FireWire 16x10x40 - Mac & More

Good performance + Generous buffer + FireWire connection ... read more at MacUser UK

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CRW 2100IX - Yamaha

Good performance + Generous buffer + FireWire connection ... read more at MacUser UK

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SCSI 16x10x40 CD-RW - LaCie

Good performance + Generous buffer + Stackable design ... read more at MacUser UK

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FireWire 16x10x40 CD-RW - LaCie

Good performance + Generous buffer + FireWire and USB ... read more at MacUser UK

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FireWire 16x CD-RW - LaCie

This 16x CD-RW from LaCie comes with two FireWire ports on the back. This means the unit can be daisychained to other FireWire devices, so it can be used with non-FireWire Macs. Also around the back are a USB port ... read more at MacUser UK

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Predator - Iomega (8x4x32)

The Predator isn't the fastest but its idiosyncratic design and software bundle should appeal to many home users ... read more at MacUser UK

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