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Pioneer Launches a Portable External BD/DVD/CD Burner with BDXL Capabilities
Tags: Blu-ray Drives, Blu-ray Burners, BDXL (all tags)
The company boasts that it's the most compact and lightest BDXL burner on the market today.
Pioneer's new BDR-XD04 is, according to the company, the smallest and lightest BDXL burner on the market today. It's touted as a portable player that's equipped with a few nice features.
First and foremost is the concern of write speeds. If you're burning to a dual-layer Blu-ray disc you're going to get 6x speeds while triple and quad layer discs will slow things down to 4x. You can also write to DVDs and CDs of course, but no information is given as to the speed there.
The BDR-XD04 offers PowerRead and PureRead2+, both technologies designed to eliminate problems caused by fingerprints, dust and even minor scratches. The pair of features make discs more readable and help to eliminate popping sounds on discs.
In addition to the disc reading features, you'll find Auto Quiet mode, which slows down the rotation speed while watching Blu-rays and DVDs to keep the drive nice and quiet.
LaCie Ships a New Slim External Blu-ray Burner
Tags: Lacie, Blu-ray Burners (all tags)
The USB 2.0 toting player comes in at $265.
Blu-ray burners just haven't taken off the way CD and DVD burners did. There's still a crop of people who love their disc backups and burns, and those other folks that put them to less legitimate purposes. Whatever your reason for owning it, LaCie's new external burner is available now.
It's not the fastest thing in the world, burning Blu-rays at 6X speeds and dual-layer disc at 4X, but it does the trick. It uses USB 2.0 technology, so you won't have to worry about having the latest and greatest computer to use it - your laptop or netbook should work just fine.
Buffalo Announces USB 3.0 12x Blu-ray Burner
Tags: Blu-ray Burners, Industry Trends (all tags)
Buffalo’s new Blu-ray burner – hitting Japan this month, with international releases later – boasts impressive transfer speeds. The downside? You can’t really use it yet.
Blu-ray burners seem to be pretty slow in hitting the market, and let's face it, slow in burn speeds as well. 8x burners are commonplace, while 12x burners are still relatively rare. Buffalo, well known for its computer components and accessories, has announced the release of what they say is the fastest Blu-ray burner yet. Not that anyone can use it though.
The much touted 12x burn speed of Buffalo's new burner is only available via a USB 3.0 connection. Unfortunately, USB 3.0 isn't quite here yet. Until it is, Buffalo can only promise 7x burning speeds, and that's only if you're using a Turbo USB 2.0 chipset. When this is launched in Japan in early December, customers will have the opportunity to pay around $450 USD for a Blu-ray burner that – for now – functions at lower than average speeds.
Of course, USB 3.0 is only the first part of the problem. Recordable Blu-ray discs that handle up to twelve times speed aren't exactly flooding the market. In fact, Buffalo only recommends one Panasonic disc type as compatible, and even that comes with an asterisk.
Source: Buffalo (via Google Translate)