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BenQ's BW1000 Trio recorder
Another PC Blu-ray devices gets a price tag

After months of waiting, it's finally here: the BenQ BW1000 Trio PC Blu-ray recorder. BenQ announced the player just one month ago, claiming it would become one of the more prolific recorders on the market

The single-layer recorder can record BD-R media at speeds up to 2X, but can read dual-layer Blu-ray media as well. The drive features a single-lens optical pickup with three separate lasers that will read and record Blu-Ray, DVD+/-R and CDRs.  BenQ claims the device will also write single-layer DVD+/-R media at 12X, 4X for DVD+/-R DL, 8X for DVD+/-RW, and 32X CAV for CD-R.

Like other Blu-ray PC recorders, the BW1000 has an estimated MSRP of $1,000 USD, but will not hit store shelves until August 2006.  Earlier this year Lite-On announced the company would take over the majority of BenQ manufacturing. To no surprise, the Lite-On LH-2B1S announced last month and the BW1000 are very similar.



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And this is why BluRay will fail
By Rage187 on 7/4/2006 12:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
$1000, thats rediculous and will be the downfall of BR. 25 times the cost of a regular dvd burner.




RE: And this is why BluRay will fail
By phaxmohdem on 7/4/2006 1:13:54 PM , Rating: 3
Seriously people, CD burners, and DVD Burners Cost as much or more than this drive when they were very first introduced. The prices will definately drop as time goes on. I remember paying $250 for a 4X CD Burner and that was considered cheap then. So chill out this is normal.


By sevendust62 on 7/4/2006 1:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
You are exactly correct that this high price is normal.

The first CD-R recording system, introduced in 1988, cost $50,000, was the size of a washing machine, burnt at 1x speed, and blanks costs $100 each.

Then, in 1991, Phillips introduced its 2x recorder, the size of a stereo, for $12,000.

In 1993, JVC introduced the first 5 1/4" drive, 2x speed. In 1995, Yamaha introduced its 4x drive for $5000.

HP released a 2x drive for under $1000, which, according to Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller, was the breakthrough needed, after which a surge of popularity caused prices to rapidly plummet.

So the first drive was $50,000. You can't try to say that this BluRay drive is too expensive for the market. Someone will pay for it.


By feraltoad on 7/4/2006 1:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
Grandpas right about the CD burner, haha just kidding phax. I remember paying around $270 for my DVD burner. Haven't regreted that one bit, even tho they are $35 now. Doesn't anyone remember economics? Seller's market? The drives will sell at this price; the company makes money and recoups R&D costs. Eventually they will drop prices to different price points to move more and more drives. Remember that graph where x amount of people will buy x amount of product at x price. Of course I don't have an HDTV. Might have to pick one up this fall. Now TV technology that's something to complain about.


RE: And this is why BluRay will fail
By Squidward on 7/4/2006 1:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
Though you're absolutely right about the initial pricing, what I'm wondering about as compared to CD and DVD burners is that there was a high demand for them since they gave such a great gain over existing technology, I'm not sure blu-ray or hd-dvd is going to be a must have for the consumer, at least not for a while.


By Xavian on 7/4/2006 3:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
indeed, CD and DVD were singular formats. I think this war may very well kill both sides in profits and such.
HD-DVD isn't a must-have, Blu-ray isn't either and plus the inherent problems with having a makret with two competing formats (general customer confusion, split sales etc), i think in the end HD-DVD has more going for it in the long run then blu-ray, these products need to hit the ground running or they'll just fizzle out and become dead formats.


By creathir on 7/5/2006 11:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
It should be interesting to see what the HD DVD recorder costs are...
If they are LESS than this $1000 price point... this will kill BluRay.

That is the only point at which your argument would not hold water. Otherwise, yes, CD-ROM costs were extremely high when they first came out. DVD-ROM were only about $230 for the actual reader, writers were in the thousands.
- Creathir


By Trisped on 7/5/2006 12:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the price is natural, but the value is not there. Why pay $1000 for a burner when my $40 DVD DL burner can burn the same stuff. Sure, it takes about 6 DVDs to match a Blue Ray disk, but DVDs are much cheaper. Worried about physical space? $200 will buy you a tape system and add in another $100 for media and you will have more storage then you will ever need. You want space and easy access? Buy an external enclosure and 10 300GB hard drives and it will cost the same as this burner but deliver better performance and more storage.

All I want is a player, a reader, a drive that does everything my $40 drive does plus reads the new disks at 2-4x. For this I expect to pay $100-200. If I was going to pay $1000 for a drive, it should have all the latest DVD formats supported, complete CD support, and read BOTH HD DVD and Blue Ray at 2-4x, and it should also be SATA II.


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