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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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By MonkeyPaw on 7/4/2006 2:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, new optical technology has always been expensive. Considering my horrible luck with optical drives, I'd be better off just burning that $1000. I always wait for the price on such drives to come way down, that way I don't feel so bad when my optical drive croaks.

If you let this stuff become mainstream, you end up not paying the steep prices for the drives, media, and movies, and the quality and durability are often better (at least there is more choice). Sure, you don't get to be the cool kid on the block with the newest toys, but who needs those kind of friends anyway? :p




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