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Plextor will add to the Blu-ray foray with its first BDR drive

Plextor, Inc. has been one of the leading optical storage device manufacturers since the CD-ROM drive days and has produced some top notch DVD writers in the last few years. It is now time to jump in to yet another optical format; one of two high density formats recently introduced which is Blu-ray.

Plextor will be announcing its PX-B900A which will be capable of writing to single (25GB) and dual layer (50GB) Blu-ray media at 2x speeds as well as Blu-ray rewritable media. The PX-B900A will also feature reading and writing capabilities to your favorite DVD±R at 8x and DVD±R DL at 4x media as well as DVD-RAM media at 5x. There is no mention on the Plextor-Europe website about DVD±RW or CD-R/RW media so we will have to wait for the official press release.

If you all remember a month back LG Electronics introduced a 4x Blu-ray drive which has a 'tentative' launch date of sometime this summer and a cost of around $1000. Pricing on Plextor's Blu-ray drive has yet to be announced but we're assuming it will be around the same mark as all other Blu-ray drives announced have presented the same numbers. The PX-B900A has a September/October launch schedule.

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By CKDragon on 6/29/2006 3:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
Plextor drives always seem to carry a bit of a price premium, so perhaps other manufacturers will be cheaper. Of course, those "other manufacturers" tend to include LG and the article says their drive will be $1000.

That said, I'll restate my hope that both of the new formats fail, the greedy movie studios lose a lot of money, and that we get less DRM-ified/more advanced next-generation unified format. I can dream. :)

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By WeaselITB on 6/29/2006 4:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
The LG drive referenced in the article will also be a 4x, while the Plextor here is only a 2x.

Hopefully that will mean they'll both be at the $1000 price point. ;)

RE: Price Premium
By dice1111 on 6/29/2006 4:33:34 PM , Rating: 2
I dream the same dream you do. I just don't know what Bill Cosbey is doing in it... "goo goo ca chooo"

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