4x CD-RW Recorder Number One in
Latest PC Data Report
Four CD-R Models Lead Personal
Technology Research CD Drive Report
WIRE)--July 26, 1999-- Smart and Friendly, Inc., most recently in
the news for aggressive price reductions on its hottest-selling 4x
CD-RW CD-Recorder and its complete line of CD-RW media,
strengthened its lead in both the CD-R and CD-RW markets today,
according to two separate industry reports. In PC Data's June 20th
Report, Smart and Friendly's® CDoSpeedWriter Plus was the
number-one selling CD-RW Recorder with a Write speed of 4x or
greater. Additionally, four of Smart and Friendly's CD-Recorders
captured top rankings in the June CD Drives Report published by
Personal Technology Research (PTR).
"As the documented number-one
supplier of CD-R products to retail, we're also committed to
providing the highest-quality CD-RW technology on the market,"
said Perry Solomon, Smart and Friendly President and CEO.
"Users have recognized the exceptional quality and
price/performance advantages that come from Smart and Friendly's
focus on optical storage solutions. PC Data's latest findings
validate Smart and Friendly's position of leadership in the CD-RW
In the CD Drives Report published
by PTR, Smart and Friendly held the top two CD-R model slots in
terms of Placement Share Configuration, as well as four of the top
10 models within the same category. The top-ranking Smart and
Friendly models include the CDoSpeedWriter Internal (Part No.
SAF783), the CDoSpeedWriter Deluxe (Part No. SAF785) and both the
internal and external versions of the CD Rocket (Part No. SAF793
and SAF791, respectively).
With its 24x Playback speed, the
CDoSpeedWriter Plus helps expedite processes such as installing
software from a CD and searching for files or data on a CD-ROM
disc. The CDoSpeedWriter Plus, with its fast Playback speed, 4x
Write and 2x ReWrite capabilities, as well as an extensive
software suite, delivers unparalleled flexibility and
functionality in a CD-RW Recorder at the $199 price point. In
addition, a generous 2MB buffer assures an optimal recording
experience by reducing the risk of failed recordings that can
result from the hard-drive performance problems associated with
Designed to provide the ultimate
"out-of-box" experience, the CDoSpeedWriter Plus Internal Model
has an easy-to-install ATAPI (EIDE) interface. As a result, users
need only open the computer, install the drive into an available
drive bay, connect power, signal, and audio cables, and close the
To further enhance the exceptional
price/performance value of the CDoSpeedWriter Plus, Smart and
Friendly includes a feature-rich software suite that includes:
- Adaptec Easy CD Creator Standard Edition: Enables users to create
music, audio, data, video or mixed-mode CDs. Easy CD Creator runs
on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.
- PowerQuest Drive Image: Drive Image is the leading backup and
disaster recovery software package available on the market today.
Drive Image enables the user to create bootable CD-R or CD-RW
discs for disaster recovery or for hard-drive upgrade that can be
run on any CD-ROM drive. Further, PowerQuest Drive Image allows
the user to back up selected partitions or an entire disc to CD-R
or CD-RW. For disks larger than the capacity of one CD-R disc,
backup data can span across multiple CD-R or CD-RW discs.
- Sonic Foundry CD Architect: Writes studio-quality audio CDs,
samples audio from compact discs, records from DAT cartridges or
digitizes material through a Windows-compatible sound card.
Provides extensive support for PQ editing - including track
times, adjusting gaps between tracks from 0 to unlimited seconds,
and printed cue sheets.
- Sonic Foundry Sound Forge XP: Composes professional-quality sound
tracks with more than 25 digital audio effects and processes.
Sound Forge also lets users incorporate audio into web page
- Diamond Cut Enhance/CDR: Gives users the ability to make any
audio sound better - even professionally recorded audio without
noise. Includes a revolutionary Paragraphic EQ, Tube Warmth
Emulator, a compressor/expander and many other sound-shaping
- MediaPath MediaAgent: The most comprehensive software-only CD-ROM
network access and management solution. Efficiently find, use and
manage CD-ROM resources.
- ECI Disc Inspector Pro: A complete utility package ensures that
your discs are written correctly. Disc Inspector Pro includes
data compare, lost session recovery, CD Table of Contents
display, and more.
- Smart and Friendly CD Consultant: Simplifies the installation
process. This utility gives users the ability to automatically
install software applications they select from among those
received with the CDoSpeedWriter Plus. For Windows 95, Windows
98, and Windows NT 4.0.
Shipping now, the internal version
of the CDoSpeedWriter Plus (Part No.SAF798) has an estimated
street price of $199 and includes a blank Smart and Friendly CD-R
About Smart and Friendly: Smart
and Friendly, Inc. is recognized as the industry's largest
privately held manufacturer of CD-Recordable, CD-ReWritable,
CD-ROM, and optical storage technology. The company was recently
named the country's Number One Supplier to Retail of CD-Recorders
and CD-ReWritable products by Personal Technology Research (PTR),
publishers of the HOT Market Monitor USA. Smart and Friendly was
also selected by NewMedia Magazine as one of the digital media
industry's most influential suppliers, and placed on the NewMedia
500 List. Smart and Friendly President and CEO Perry Solomon was
recently named to the Board of Directors and Chairman of the
Market Development Committee of the Optical Storage Technology
Smart and Friendly products are
available at leading retail outlets including American TV, Best
Buy, CDW, CompUSA, ComputAbility, Damark, DataVision, Fred Meyer,
Fry's Electronics, the good guys!, Harmony, Insight Direct,
J&R Computer World, Micro Center, MicroWarehouse, Nationwide
Computers, Nebraska Furniture Mart, PC Connection, Staples, Value
America and Wal-Mart, and to resellers through D&H, Ingram
Micro, Merisel, and Tech Data. Smart and Friendly products are
available internationally through a network of in-country
distributors and globally through CHS, Ingram Micro and Tech Data.
For product and sales information,
contact Smart and Friendly at 20520 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth,
CA 91311; www.smartandfriendly.com.
Phone 800-959-7001 or
818-772-8001, fax 818-772-2888. Smart and Friendly also offers
free technical support over a toll-free line.
Smart and Friendly is a registered
trademark and CDoSpeedWriter Plus is a trademark of Smart and
Friendly, Inc. Any other product names are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Smart and Friendly, Inc.
Perry Solomon, 818/772-8001
Beyond Words Ltd.
Tracy Laidlaw, 602/569-0222