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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 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.


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