The drive is also available on online shopping sites such as SonyStyle.com, the company said in a statement. The drive costs around $US399 and comes with a one-year warranty. Sony Australia officials could not be contacted for local availability.
Called the CRX10U/A2, the new CD-RW drive is a member of Sony's product suite Digital Relay. The drive is battery-operated and can double as a standalone CD player, Sony said.
When attached to a computer, the drive can be used for backing up a user's system, recording digital images and creating music CDs. When detached from a computer, the drive can function as a CD player, Sony said.
The Digital Relay drive is bundled with software for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. It also comes bundled with earphones and a wired remote control with LCD (liquid crystal display) display, Sony said.
The drive weighs 340 grams without battery. The battery weighs 95 grams and lasts two hours when recording at 4X speed, Sony said.