Sometimes, you don't need the latest and greatest. Sometimes, all you need is something basic. If you're building a new machine and have no need for Blu-ray yet, Sony Optiarc
has two new units that just might fit the bill.
The company's two new optical disc drives are half-height units, and both can toast at 24X. The DRX-S77U drive boasts a sleek, lightweight design and continues to support up to 8X DVD±R recording speeds, delivering a full 4.7 GB disc of video, data, music or images on standard 8X DVD+R media. Additionally, the drive can record on 8.5 GB DVD+R Double/Dual layer and 4.7 GB DVD-RW discs at 6X speeds, DVD+RW at 8X, DVD-RAM at 5X and CD-R/RW at 24X. The drive comes in a retail package bundled with the Nero 9 DVD/CD mastering software suite and is available to match your netbook in black, white, pink and gold color choices.
The AD-7260S is an internal drive, offering the same 24X burn rating. The AD-7260S supports up to 24X max DVD±R recording, 12X DVD+R Double/Dual layer recording, 12X DVD-RAM, and 48X CD-R performance, and it's available with black or beige bezels. Both the DRX-S77U and AD-7260S are now available through authorized distributors, resellers and select online sites, though pricing isn't being announced openly.