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Sony DRU-830A

Sony DRX-830U/830UL-T
Mainstream 18x DVD burning for all

Sony has announced its new DRX-830 series of DVD multi-format DVD/CD burners. The new 830 series arrive in three different models—the internal DRU-830A, external DRX-830U and Macintosh and PC compatible external DRX-830UL-T. All three drives are capable of burning DVD±R media at 18x, a slight speed increase from current 16x drives. While DVD±R media is burnt at 18x, DVD±R DL media burning remains at 8x. Other supported media formats include DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW. All three drives are equipped with a 2MB buffer and feature Sony’s Power-Burn buffer under-run protection technology.

The DRU-830A is an internal IDE burner and is PC compatible. A black replacement front bezel is included with the DRU-830A to color match with black cases. The DRX-830U features a USB 2.0 interface for external connectivity. The PC compatible DRX-830A and DRX-830U include Nero 7 for burning tasks. Sony’s DRX-830UL-T is Mac and PC compatible. It sports a USB 2.0 and Firewire 1394a interface. It includes Nero 7 for PC burning and Roxio Toast 6 Lite for Mac burning tasks.

Sony’s DRU-830A is shipping now and will be available from retailers for $90. A $20 mail in rebate is available for the DRU-830A though. The external DRX-830U is expected to ship in October while the DRX-830UL-T won’t arrive till December. Pricing for the DRX-830U and DRX-830UL-T will be $130 and $150 respectively.

Plextor also released its 18x DVD±R earlier this year while Liteon released its 18x DVD±R last month, with 20x drives expected in the near future.




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