LaCie has launched its palm-sized PocketDrive 8x-4x-24x CD-RW.

The drive has both USB and FireWire interfaces on the same drive. It can be daisy-chained with other FireWire devices through its two FireWire ports.

The CD-RW's speed performance varies, ranging from 4x-4x-6x with USB, to 8x-4x-24x with FireWire. A full CD can be burnt in ten minutes, according to LaCie.

Measuring 158-x-152mm, the rewriter is compact and hot pluggable, it automatically detects which interface it is connected to.

The LaCie PocketDrive CD-RW is available in two configurations: 4x-4x-24x, priced at £249; 8x-4x-24x available for £339. The drives bundle with cables, a universal A/C adaptor, one rewritable disc, one recordable disc, Roxio's Toast 3.8, and DirectCD for Mac OS.