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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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What's the main component of cost?
By Kuroyama on 7/4/2006 1:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
Why are these so expensive? Is it the laser? The custom chips?

I thought that the PC drives would be cheaper than the BluRay player for a TV, because at least there's the prospect of offloading some of the processing / decoding onto the CPU. After all, anyone buying a $1000 drive must have a CPU capable of handling a lot of the computation without effecting performance much.

By Korvon on 7/4/2006 2:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
Volume. If you are kicking out 1000 units per month its going to cost a lot more than if you are producing 1,000,000 units. As popularity increases price drops.

By Aesir on 7/5/2006 6:33:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing, at this point, the burning lasers are still a very advanced, fickle technology, that require ungodly amounts of precision to do their job accurately.

With the case of the standalone players, tons and tons of raw processing power are needed to drive them.

I'm guessing system requirements for these burners will be steep.

By Visual on 7/5/2006 10:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
from what i've heared, the lasers arent the problem, but some "optical pickup head" component that is responsible for the precise positioning and tracking. and its not that they're actually expensive or hard to produce, just that they're still too low in availability.

keep in mind that the CE players are players only, not recorders. naturally recorders would cost more.

its weird indeed that no plans for read-only BD pc-drives have been mentioned - they could be quite cheaper. but i guess that's because most advantages of the great capacity would be lost for pc users with a readonly device - you'd only use it for movies. also, sony is gonna need a lot of readonly devices built-in inside the ps3, so right now they won't be able to provide them also for computer use.

By Trisped on 7/5/2006 12:33:55 PM , Rating: 2
Main cost is R&D, advertising, and manufacturing conversion (since machines used to make DVD drives need to be changed to make the new stuff). Yeilds are also going to be low.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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