4x Blu-ray Rewriter Introduced by Pioneer
If you were interested in writing files to expensive Blu-ray Discs, Pioneer has the answer for you. The BDR-202 internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD writer for PC was just introduced in Europe and will make its way to the States soon. Connecting to your PC via SATA 1.0A, the – ahem – industry pioneering drive can read BD-ROM discs, read and write single layer BD-R/BD-RE discs, read DVD-ROM, and read/write to DVD-R/+R, DVD-RW/+RW, DVD-R/+R (double-layer), and CD-R/RW media. It’s a veritable jack-of-all-trades!
While the competing format, HD DVD, is still only offering 1x writable drives, and doesn’t offer anything for rewriting yet, Pioneer’s new burner will write on BD-R at up to 4x speed, and will also rewrite on BD-RE at up to 2x speed. This a significant short-coming for HD DVD, and many people are sure hoping HD DVD will be able to catch up soon – especially with Toshiba claiming all their laptops next year will have HD DVD drives. The speeds of DVD and CD writing on the BDR-202 will be up to 6x for DVD-/+RW, up to 12x for DVD-/+R, and up to 24x for CD-R/RW. Pioneer say the drive’s limited equalizer LSI and a liquid crystal tilt compensator will help with playback of discs. “Ultra DRA” technology is also said to reduce vibrations while burning to a disc.
Currently on sale in Europe for $675 (converted from Euros), the BDR-202 will reach our shores at about $650. Currently write-once BD media is around $15 per disc for 25GB, and rewritable media approaches $25 for 25GB. For extra storage, 50GB media comes in at $45 for -R and $70 for -RE.
This is a significant achievement for Pioneer and the Blu-ray format. However, LG offers a “multi-blue” PC drive that reads both HD DVD and Blu-ray and writes to Blu-ray, DVD and CD which might tickle your fancy a bit more.