Iomega's Predator CD-RW drive will debut at the Comdex trade show next week in Las Vegas and is set for a U.S. release in January. Iomega has discarded the shoe-box dimensions of other CD-RWs and trimmed away bulk and weight. The result is a design with sculpted curves and rounded edges. The drive replaces the motorized front-loading drive tray of most other external drives with a top-loading design similar to that of portable CD players. The drive has a rated performance of 8X write-once, 4X rewrite and 32X read. When the product is fully launched, people will be able to switch among four connection types: USB 1.1, FireWire, PCMCIA, and USB 2.0. The Predator in USB 1.1 configuration is expected in stores in January for $269.95. The Predator with FireWire support will be available in the first quarter for $349.95.