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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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Too bad Blu-Ray sucks so much.
By Narg on 7/19/2006 9:50:01 AM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone trust their data to a format with 80% less protective layers than DVD or HD-DVD? The Blu-Ray discs have even been tested to be faulty with simple light finger prints. Blu-Ray is a very bad format, very bad.

RE: Too bad Blu-Ray sucks so much.
By Spoonbender on 7/19/2006 9:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting... Got a link for that?

Probably neat but PATA?!?!?
By Blackraven on 7/19/2006 12:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
A premium optical drive yet only Parallel ATA???

I'll wait for a better Blu-ray drive instead.

RE: Too bad Blu-Ray sucks so much.
By Korvon on 7/19/2006 12:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is the protective layers between the two formats (.6mm for HD DVD/DVD and .1mm for BR). This is also why BR costs more because since the protective layer is so much thiner than the DVD/HD DVD standard factories need to change their lines to manufacture them.

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