Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, worked with Hewlett Packard (HP) to create the LightScribe discs to complement the development of HP's LightScribe-enabled drives and software, the first of which was launched in January 2005. Verbatim advises that the LightScribe drives may need a driver update, which can be downloaded free of charge. To take full advantage of the new media, check online at www.lightscribe.com
LightScribe CD-R and DVD+R media version 1.2 are available in the European market as 10 pack jewel case CD-R which will retail at 14.6 euros and a 5 pack jewel case DVD+R which is priced at 11.67 euros. The products are also available in spindle packs. The new media will be shown for the first time on at the Computer Trade Show, 10 and 11 May, at the National Exhibition Centre.