Sony Optiarc Introduces 6x Portable External Blu-ray Burner - HotHardware
Sony Optiarc Introduces 6x Portable External Blu-ray Burner

Sony Optiarc Introduces 6x Portable External Blu-ray Burner

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 BD-R 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 up, 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.
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Optical drives are near obsolescence in computers.

The last hurrah?

I can't remember the last time I used the ones in my PCs.

Are companies afraid to embrace USB 3.0 because Intel is refusing to add it into their chipsets while pushing their own tech on consumers.

It's like Intel is saying"I don't care what you want,just take what I give you".

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Thats pretty cool, hope it has the right pricetag!

It would also be neat if they made one of these that could also double as a mini player so you can hook it up to the TV without having to go through the PC. Just put an HDMI and Optical out on it.

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