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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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Strange
By mmp121 on 6/29/2006 5:03:54 PM , Rating: 2
No mention of CD-R / CD-RW write speeds. Is it going to be capable of writing CD's ?




RE: Strange
By SonicIce on 6/29/2006 5:31:04 PM , Rating: 3
is it capable of reading CD's?


RE: Strange
By brystmar on 6/29/2006 5:34:14 PM , Rating: 2
That was the first thing I noticed when I read the description: no mention of CD reading or writing support. I would assume that this was a given, but considering Samsung's first Blu-ray + DVD burner couldn't even read standard CDs (much less write to them!) I think it's a valid question.


RE: Strange
By Strunf on 6/30/2006 5:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
From cdrinfo

"The PX-B900A not only uses the latest Blu-ray technology, but is also a dual-layer DVD drive that combines multiple formats - DVD+/-R/RW and RAM - into one. It can accept both 12cm and 8cm discs (in the horizontal position) and has a large 8MB buffer to ensure there is no data interruption. Write speeds: 2x BD-R/BD-RE, 8x DVD+R/-R/+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+R/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R and 16x CD-RW."


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