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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