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Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray Burner  (Source: Sony)
Sony's newest Blu-ray burner cuts 50GB disc burn time in half

Sony announced today a new updated internal Blu-ray burner for PC. The new drive doubles the write speed as compared to previous Blu-ray BD-R burners inside computer systems. The new BWU-200S Blu-ray burner cuts burn time in half allowing a full 50Gb BD-R disc to be burned in about 45 minutes. Previous drives were 2x drives and the burn time was around 90 minutes for a BD-R disc.

In addition to burning BD-R discs, the drive can also burn DVD+/-R discs at 16x, DVD DL burning is supported as well. Software is included with the burner that allows for the capture, authoring, editing, burning and viewing of high-definition content captured in HDV 1080i format from HDV camcorders.

With the BWU-200S a BD-R or BD-RW disc can store up to 230 minutes of HD video. Sony uses a SATA interface rather than the PATA interface more common to optical drives. The form factor is the standard 5.25-inch internal size and the drive and its software are compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

“Advanced optical storage technologies, such as Blu-ray Disc technology with its vast capacity compared to DVD technology, will be key enablers for next generation PC applications like HD personal video content and high-definition TV recording,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director for removable storage at IDC. “Sony's many innovations in optical storage have prepared the company to be a leader in the Blu-ray Disc writable market.”

The BWU-200S will be available directly from Sony in November for around $600 and is available for pre-order now.



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RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By deeznuts on 10/10/2007 12:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
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What I and MOST people want/need is a Blu-Ray player (reader) for my PC (HTPC).

So now do we wait for "most people" to chime in saying that's not what they want? I bet most people dont' watch movies on their PC/HTPC and would actually rather have a standalone.

By the way, so nice of you to be the voice for "most people." Media should come down, burners should come down. I remember when DVD burners, regular DVD burners hit $500 and I was like, I'll still wait, then it hit $200 and I bought, and now their $30.

What the heck are you going to do with a DVD burner? I'll bet you own one some day, and you'll probably be using it. For me, I work at an investment adviser, we're required to store our electronic records in a non-rewritable, searchable storage medium. Guess what fits that bill?


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