Quad-Interface Blu-Ray Burner at 12x Appears

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
    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
    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
    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
    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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