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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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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.


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