Archos is introducing its compact MiniCDRW in the UK.

It's a fully featured CD-RW that weighs just 500g. It writes at up to 8x speeds, re-writes at 4x and reads at 24x.

The product offers wide connectivity support, including USB and FireWire. It supports hot-swappable connectivity, and is a cross-platform device. The MiniCDRW also offers an analogue output in order to play music CDs.

It ships with Toast and will be distributed at high-street retailers, including PC World and Dixons. Archos' MiniCDRW costs between £209-£220, with the price dependent on which connectivity standard customers choose.