Pioneer Shipping $250 8X BDR-2203 Blu-ray Writer
Aimed at professional authoring gurus and choosy HTPC owners, this new internal optical drive provides users with a solid brand name, top-notch burn support and the ability to play back 1080p films -- all for less than a standalone deck, in some cases. With the drive, users can burn up to 50GB of information onto a single BD-R or BD-RE disc -- assuming they can afford such pricey media, of course. Pioneer is also bundling a specialized CyberLink software package that provides all the goods necessary to burn BD-Rs. Speaking of which, it's estimated that 25GB of data can be written in around 15 minutes (on a single-layer BD-R), while 50GB of data will naturally take around a half hour (on a dual-layer 50GB disc).
The drive is expected to ship later this month for the reasonable asking price of $249.99.
BDR-2203 Specifications Table
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