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Quad-Interface Blu-Ray Burner at 12x Appears

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This external Blu-ray burner offers four ways to connect to a PC or Mac.

Looking for an external (or internal) drive to store all those "special files" on disk? Look no further than OWC's Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray burner, using a Pioneer BDR-205 and costing a whopping $349.99 USD. This Blu-ray drive supports burning up to 50 GB of data or high-definition video on BD-R dual-layer media at 12x speed; the drive burns at 2x when using BD-RE. Or, if you prefer sticking to the old-school DVDs, consumers can cram 8.5 GB on a dual-layer disk at 16x; CD-R media burns at 40x.

But what makes this device really cool is its quad interface, offering four ways for consumers to connect the burner to a Mac or PC. Offering pure Plug & Play support, the Mercury Pro provides FireWire 800 (two ports), FireWire 400 (one port), USB 2.0 (one port), and eSATA (one port). The drive also includes cables for each connection.

For $449.99 USB, OWC is also offering this bundle, throwing in Roxio's Toast 10 Titanium Pro but it's only compatible with Macintosh hardware, requiring Mac OS X v10.5.x. Of course, Windows users have a plethora of more advaned burning utilities.

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    darkknight22 , November 3, 2009 10:15 PM
    A step in the right direction, but the media def has not caught up in price to justify it now.

    Even those professionals that could make use out of something like this probably have something equivalent or better at a commercial grade level.
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    ominous prime , November 3, 2009 10:02 PM
    Neat product, but I don't think it justifies the 350$ price tag. I could build another computer for that much.
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    darkknight22 , November 3, 2009 10:15 PM
    A step in the right direction, but the media def has not caught up in price to justify it now.

    Even those professionals that could make use out of something like this probably have something equivalent or better at a commercial grade level.
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    ant1-b0dy , November 3, 2009 10:26 PM
    I don't see this going far. I see sites like Hulu seeing double or even triple the users in the next year or so due to the increasing popularity of Netbooks - of which do not have a CD/DVD drive, With Windows 7's simplified and improved file-sharing system; it is now easy for anyone with a Netbook to watch a movie that is in the DVD/Blu-Ray drive of another computer.
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    animal_chin , November 3, 2009 10:27 PM
    Omg you spelled advanced wrong! Fix it before all the haters complain how Tom's is going downhill.
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    chinesemafia69 , November 3, 2009 10:33 PM
    $449.99 USB?
    isn't it USD??
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    El_Capitan , November 3, 2009 10:36 PM
    12x Blu Ray speeds on 4x Blu Ray disc speeds = 4x speed... well worth the $450 price tag.
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    ptroen , November 3, 2009 11:13 PM
    Honestly unless I'm buring 100 different blue rays a week this purchase makes absolutly no sense. dvd burners are so cheap now why would you spend like 10x the amount? 1 TB of storage also goes for like less $100. And actually if you have like $300 you probably get like what? 6-10 TB or 200 blue ray disks. And if you need the backup blue ray discs which are mainly movies won't you just go buy the lost copy again?
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2009 11:32 PM
    nice mac compatible... if only it was firewire :( 
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2009 11:35 PM
    Wait it is firewire... 400 and 800.. nice!
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    cybrcatter , November 3, 2009 11:37 PM
    chinesemafia69$449.99 USB?isn't it USD??


    hehe, classic Kevin
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    gabrieljaquish , November 3, 2009 11:39 PM
    pretty sweet connectivity, pretty pricey too but probably worth it.
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2009 11:57 PM
    does it mean you can connect upto 4 PC's to this?
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    SamuelL421 , November 4, 2009 12:30 AM
    Love it when hardware comes with every possible cable configuration, OWC gets a thumbs up for that if nothing else.
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    JasonAkkerman , November 4, 2009 2:50 AM
    Why on earth would you need Firewire 800 on a device that couldn't possibly utilize a full USB 2.0 connection at 480 Mbps?
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    liquidsnake718 , November 4, 2009 3:22 AM
    The price is a huge OUCH....BD Drives and burners are still too expencive...
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    spectrewind , November 4, 2009 3:37 AM
    cybrcatterhehe, classic Kevin


    I am frankly surprised he is still employed by THG. He has NO CONCEPT of proof reading.
    But, then again, THG really took a dive after Dr. Tom Pabst sold it to "Bestofmedia Group" (which is a bit of a contradiction).

    ...sigh
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    Caffeinecarl , November 4, 2009 4:00 AM
    It's great that they made it multi-platform compatible so Mac users have the Blu-ray option PC users have had for so long now, but why did they have to give it the Mac style price tag?
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    anamaniac , November 4, 2009 4:51 AM
    Kevin ParrishOf course, Windows users have a plethora of more advaned burning utilities.


    That seems like an attack on Macintosh...
    You and Tuan want to go into the boxing ring and duke it out over whose better?
    I'd love to see that Mac vs. PC commercial. =D
    By the way, spell check please.

    $350 is a bit too rich for me, so I guess my $30 internal will have to do.
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    mook33 , November 4, 2009 5:58 AM
    I actually purchased (a while back; don't know if still available) just the quad-connective enclosure, and then can put whatever drive I want in it. Right now it's just a BD-ROM, but down the road (when the discs are affordable), I can swap in a burner...or whatever other optical storage device comes around.
    I believe it was ~$90.
    Not cheap, but to be able to hook it up to my old PC (eSata card added) or my Macbook Pro (which of course doesn't have a blu ray drive, and is also running eSata via an expresscard, but which I hoookup via Firewire 800) makes it a very worthwhile solution.
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    bin1127 , November 4, 2009 6:26 AM
    ant1-b0dyI don't see this going far. I see sites like Hulu seeing double or even triple the users in the next year or so due to the increasing popularity of Netbooks - of which do not have a CD/DVD drive, With Windows 7's simplified and improved file-sharing system; it is now easy for anyone with a Netbook to watch a movie that is in the DVD/Blu-Ray drive of another computer.


    The online file sharing is the precursor to cloud computing. But would you save your entire family photo albums on google? some things are worth burning. At 5 Mb a jpg you need blu-ray.
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