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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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There's a key difference....
By RyanHirst on 7/4/2006 5:08:19 PM , Rating: 3
.... between the price of intial CD-ROMs and the price of the new Blu-Ray recorders:
Cost relative to competing media

Going back to 1995:
At $1000, the 1995 HP burner was competitive. A 600MB hard drive cost about $400. For 2.5 times the cost of a hard drive, you could record its data onto a CD.
After the inital outlay, the following critical factors were massively on the side of the CD media:
*Data Density (remeber, 1 CD = 1 Hard drive)

Now back to 2006
Now let's look at Blu-Ray.
A 500Gb hard drive costs $250.
For 4 TIMES the cost of a hard drive, you can record ONE-TENTH of its data onto a Blu-Ray disc Ouch.
After the initial outlay, NONE of the following factors are in favor of the Blu-Ray:
*Cost/GB of media ($50 per 50GB disc = $1/GB, twice the cost of hard drive space)
*Storage Density (One 500GB hard drive takes up as much space as 10 discs in jewel cases)

Plus, access time and transfer speeds are still spectacularly in favor of hard drives. The fact is, even if someone HANDS you a Blu-Ray burner, it is still cheaper per GB to back up/duplicate your data by purchasing complete hard drives than buying blu-ray discs.

Yes, prices will come down and density will go up. But until they do, the new media standards have no competitive advantages of any kind. This was not the case with either CD-R or DVD-R at the times of release.

And I hate to bring the bad news, but HD-DVD is in even worse shape. With lower data density, it is launching to market with an even greater lag in the only two categories where removable media can have a competitive edge.

there's a key difference...
By RyanHirst on 7/4/2006 5:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, that should read *initial CD-Rs*

carry on

RE: There's a key difference....
By creathir on 7/5/2006 12:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but in '95 hard drives where not that much...
I know I received a 6 GB hard drive back around Christmas, and I KNOW several thousand dollars were not spent on the drive.

Just a point of correction.
- Creathir

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