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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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Complete Specs and Details
By NextGenGamer2005 on 6/29/2006 9:48:19 PM , Rating: 3
Unlike DailyTech, X-bit Labs has the complete details on Plextor's new PX-B900A. It is to be available in September/October 2006, and will be able to burn at these speeds:

2x BD-R, BD-RW (Single- and Dual-Layer)
8x DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R
6x DVD-RW
4x DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL
24x CD-R
16x CD-RW

And there you have it. Complete CD-R/RW support.




RE: Complete Specs and Details
By PT2006 on 6/29/2006 10:25:35 PM , Rating: 3
Clearly, xbitlabs > dailytech.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/storage/display/20060...

Except every third story they write is wrong. Is a 24x CD writer that costs $20 that important to you? I mean you're already dropping a grand on the thing---


RE: Complete Specs and Details
By NextGenGamer2005 on 6/29/2006 10:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing the point: if you are dropping a grand on a new optical drive, it would be nice if it supported everything. Having to spend another $20 on a second unit to make up for missing features is just dumb. Plus, a lot of people (like me) just don't like having two optical drives installed. I prefer having only one that satisfies all of my burning needs.


RE: Complete Specs and Details
By Strunf on 6/30/2006 5:46:59 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you however I always have 2 optical drives, when I bought my DVD burner I kept my CD burner, when I bought my 2nd DVD burner I kept my older DVD burner, chances are when I buy a Blu-ray burner I'll keep my DVD burner.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/30/2006 7:39:38 AM , Rating: 2
I keep 2 similar optical drives in my machine, but then its meant for me to burn more than 1 copy of a DVD at the same time......... not that were copying movies or anything :D


RE: Complete Specs and Details
By PrinceGaz on 6/30/2006 8:56:04 AM , Rating: 2
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Plus, a lot of people (like me) just don't like having two optical drives installed. I prefer having only one that satisfies all of my burning needs.


Each to their own, but I very much prefer having two optical drives-- a good one which can do everything but which is normally only used for DVD burning, and a cheapo drive for software-installations, playing/ripping movies, music etc. Having two optical drives minimises the wear and tear on the most expensive one, prolonging its life.

The last thing I'd want to do is drop $1000 for a first-gen HD-DVD or Blu-Ray burner and then use it for playing DVDs and CDs all day. That would be madness!


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