After months of waiting, it's finally here: the BenQ
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 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.