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A more cost effective Blu-Ray disc recorder

Sony has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.

The BWU-100A is a multi-format disc drive that supports recording to Blu-ray, DVD-R, DVD+R and CD-R/RW discs. Blu-ray discs up to 50GB are supported with the BWU-100A. Sony claims a 50GB Blu-ray disc can accommodate approximately 4 hours of 1080i video. Recording speeds of up to 2x are supported with Blu-ray media which is typical for a first generation drive. DVD recording is limited to a maximum of 8x with DVD+R and DVD-R media while CD recording is limited to a maximum speed of 24x.

Pricing for the BWU-100A will be around $749 which is a little less than the recently announced BenQ BW1000, LG GBW-H10N and Pioneer BDR-101A. Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray recorders will be available starting late July to make use of the previously announced TDK Blu-ray media.

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By seamonkey79 on 7/19/2006 2:04:36 AM , Rating: 2
Until it's SATA, it's not worth spending more than $45 on an optical drive, I don't care what it does. Let's see... I spend $750 today, and in six months, I don't have a motherboard to plug it into because I just upgraded my board and I want to keep my freaking $750 optical drive... BUT I CAN'T!!!

Sony is stupid to begin with, the whole BluRay/PS3/UMD/MemoryStick/Betamax/MiniDisc/Everyth ingElseSony'sDone stupidities need to quit... but then add in PATA on this drive for $750... anyone who buys this needs their head examined...

By Homerboy on 7/19/2006 9:23:04 AM , Rating: 2
they do make ATA to SATA converters you know. While not ideal,it is a solution nonetheless.

By seamonkey79 on 7/19/2006 1:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
They may do PATA to SATA converters... but considering current boards are coming out with six to eight and more connectors on it and next gen boards are likely to have more than that AND no PATA connectors, it's the height of money grubbing to not make this SATA. It's not a matter of 'can I convert it to what I want,' it's a matter of 'it's too expensive NOT to be what I want.'

Add in the part about how converters inevitably bring about a loss (however slight it may be) in performance, I'm looking at a nearly $800 drive (after the adapter) that's not going to perform as well as it should.

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