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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 Trisped on 7/5/2006 12:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the price is natural, but the value is not there. Why pay $1000 for a burner when my $40 DVD DL burner can burn the same stuff. Sure, it takes about 6 DVDs to match a Blue Ray disk, but DVDs are much cheaper. Worried about physical space? $200 will buy you a tape system and add in another $100 for media and you will have more storage then you will ever need. You want space and easy access? Buy an external enclosure and 10 300GB hard drives and it will cost the same as this burner but deliver better performance and more storage.

All I want is a player, a reader, a drive that does everything my $40 drive does plus reads the new disks at 2-4x. For this I expect to pay $100-200. If I was going to pay $1000 for a drive, it should have all the latest DVD formats supported, complete CD support, and read BOTH HD DVD and Blue Ray at 2-4x, and it should also be SATA II.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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