The FireWire PocketDVD-RW – to give it its full name – is a compact 152x31x158mm, and provides writing and rewriting capabilities in a host of DVD and CD formats, including DVDs for playback in consumer DVD machines and music CDs, as well as data back-ups of up to 4.7GB. It can also be used for playing back both DVDs and CDs on a Mac.

The device is encased in a shock-resistant ‘bumper guard’ and as a further safeguard against to interrupted burning has a 2MB data buffer.

‘This pocket-sized DVD drive provides users with a fast, easy and portable way to burn DVDs for backup, storage or archival purposes,’ said LaCie UK general manager George Leptos. ‘Users will be able to easily transport and exchange video creations among workstations, or quickly back up a complete system when they?re on the go or working away from their desks. It?s perfect for burning a DVD on the fly or creating a custom music library anywhere you happen to be.’

The FireWire PocketDVD-RW includes Toast Lite and CaptyDVD software for authoring and burning discs and costs around £316 (£269 ex. VAT). It is compatible with any G3 or newer Mac running OS 9 or later.