The world keeps spinning, PCs keep getting quicker, and optical disc
drives keep getting faster. It's just how the planet works. Not too long
ago, simply having a Blu-ray burner at all was a luxury. Today, Blu-ray
burners need speed to be special, and Sony Optiarc America's latest
drive is Mr. Speedy indeed. It's a portable, external unit that's
designed to compliment notebooks, netbooks or desktop PCs, and it's the
perfect add-on to any HD-capable netbook when you want to watch a film
and your machine has no drive built-in.
The BDX-S500U model writes single BD-R media at up to 6X and dual layer
media at up to 4X speeds, recording a full 25GB disc in about 20
minutes. One 25GB blank 6x disc comes in the box, and it also ships with
CyberLink’s Media Suite 8 for capturing, authoring, editing, backing
viewing high-definition personal content and playing back Blu-ray Disc
movies including 3D Blu-ray movies. That's right, this drive fully
supports Blu-ray 3D with the accompanying software.
It connects via USB 2.0, and it can be shared between computers for
personal video, data, music or image
backup. The BDX-S500U drive can record up to 50GB of data for random
access storage and backup on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable)
discs, or up to 220 minutes of high-definition 24M bps MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
video on a BD-R/RE 50GB disc. The drive also records standard 4.7GB
DVD+/-R discs at up to 8X speeds, 8.5 GB DVD+/-R Double/Dual layer at up
to 4X, DVD+RW at up to 8X, DVD-RW at up to 6X, CD-R at up to 24X, CD-RW
at up to 16X, and supports DVD-RAM recording at up to 5X speeds.
It'll be available from dealers starting this month, but no specific
retail price has been given yet.