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Sony Announces External 100 GB Blu-ray Burner

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

Sony just announced an external Blu-ray writer that is compatible with 100 GB BD XL discs.

The device does not require a separate power adapter, but needs a dual USB 2.0 connection (Y-cable) to be functional.

According to Sony, the BDX-S600U can read and write CDs, DVDs, DVD-RAM, Blu-ray (25 GB, 50 GB) and BD XL (BD-R XL) media. The write speed is 8x for DVDs, 6x for single- and dual-layer BD-R and 4x for BD-R XL discs. the data read speed is 24x for CDs, 8x for DVDs and 6x for Blu-ray media.

Street prices for the BDX-S600U range from about $160 to $220. 

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    dragonsqrrl , October 22, 2011 6:16 AM
    Would've been nice if they simply used a USB 3.0 port. The standard supports higher Wattage and probably could've powered this drive off a single connection.
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    Dacatak , October 22, 2011 6:25 AM
    Now if only BD-R XL discs weren't $50+ per disc this would actually make for a viable long-term backup solution over regular magnetic media, which in theory should reliably retain recorded data for as long as the organic dye-layer on discs would, depending on the quality of the dye.

    I'm still waiting for that mDisc format which etches the data pits onto an inorganic composite layer, quite literally setting it in stone.
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    josh1200 , October 22, 2011 8:56 AM
    alyoshkaI really wonder who will be using this other than Pirates.....


    Because Pirates are going to spend all the money they saved by buying a BD XL disk.
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  • 20 Hide
    dragonsqrrl , October 22, 2011 6:16 AM
    Would've been nice if they simply used a USB 3.0 port. The standard supports higher Wattage and probably could've powered this drive off a single connection.
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    Randomacts , October 22, 2011 6:23 AM
    It can probably be powered off a single USB 2.0 Power port *The red ones*
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    Dacatak , October 22, 2011 6:25 AM
    Now if only BD-R XL discs weren't $50+ per disc this would actually make for a viable long-term backup solution over regular magnetic media, which in theory should reliably retain recorded data for as long as the organic dye-layer on discs would, depending on the quality of the dye.

    I'm still waiting for that mDisc format which etches the data pits onto an inorganic composite layer, quite literally setting it in stone.
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    lockhrt999 , October 22, 2011 7:24 AM
    4x(16 min) for BD-R XL ? Holy Shit that's super fast. It's almost writing at 6-7 GB data per min.
    At highest speed, USB 2.0 can spit out the data at 480Mbps = 60MBps. And two of them means 120MBps. So 120 x 60 = 7GB (that's double of USB controller's pick bandwidth).
    So writing at that speed is not possible unless you plug USB cables to separate USB controllers. This is certainly not viable for laptops.
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    theconsolegamer , October 22, 2011 8:39 AM
    BD XL for the PS4.
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    josh1200 , October 22, 2011 8:56 AM
    alyoshkaI really wonder who will be using this other than Pirates.....


    Because Pirates are going to spend all the money they saved by buying a BD XL disk.
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    lpedraja2002 , October 22, 2011 9:26 AM
    I wonder how much time does a 100gb Blu-ray disc takes to burn?
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    saturnus , October 22, 2011 9:30 AM
    dragonsqrrlWould've been nice if they simply used a USB 3.0 port. The standard supports higher Wattage and probably could've powered this drive off a single connection.


    Probably true but not that many laptops and other portable equipment has USB 3 ports, yet. So a Y-power is probably a good idea for Sony for the burner to be viable for as large a market segment as possible.
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    de5_Roy , October 22, 2011 9:34 AM
    Quote:
    dragonsqrrl
    Would've been nice if they simply used a USB 3.0 port. The standard supports higher Wattage and probably could've powered this drive off a single connection.

    +1
    singe usb 3.0 would have been better than dual usb 2.0.
    for dual connection, may be an esata/usb 3.0 port and a power connector.

    what is that certain 'entertainment' industry doing? they and playstation lowered the price of dvd. ps3 failed to lower blu-ray price(internet didn't help either :p  ), may be they can help blu ray more than ps3 do.
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    alidan , October 22, 2011 10:01 AM
    alyoshkaI really wonder who will be using this other than Pirates.....


    now, personally, i perfer to save things according to category, if it cant fit on 1 dvd, id go 2, if it needs 4+ discs i would use a blu ray, if it would be less than 1gb, id rather store it on a disc, than also store it on a flash drive or hdd, just for ease of use.

    but a non pirate use, and by pirate, i mean download form the internet, not ripping your own media.

    i can see large backups of home videos, as those older tape based camcorders had about 15gb per tape (i think mini dv)
    i can also see backing up your dvd colection to bluray, something very important to a parent
    i can see backing up digital purchases
    i can see backing up your games collection
    i can also see backing up video you take in general
    and depending on camera mp size, backing that up en mass too.

    the average consumer does have a use for 100gb discs.
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    lockhrt999 , October 22, 2011 10:03 AM
    lpedraja2002I wonder how much time does a 100gb Blu-ray disc takes to burn?

    The article suggests 4x writing speed, which is approx 16 mins only. Refer to my earlier post.
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    danwat1234 , October 22, 2011 10:45 AM
    My laptop didn't come with USB 3.0, but I got an expresscard 54 that has 2 USB 3.0 ports for about $15 shipped! It works great.
    I agree, they really should have just gone with a USB 3 interface
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    drwho1 , October 22, 2011 12:12 PM
    How long until Sony releases an internal SATA III version?

    Also I'm glad that the price is not outrageous like when BD drives started even when it has 4 times the capacity of "regular" BD media. (or twice as much as a double layer BD media disk)
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2011 12:55 PM
    1Terabyte platters are being produced now. I seen a 4 TB drive on sale for $190. I personally feel that the BD-R XL disc are not cost effective. A newer technology such as 3D/Holographic platters will need to come along starting out at 300-500 Gigs per platter to keep up with Hard Disk storage or just head to the clouds.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , October 22, 2011 1:52 PM
    Thank you for a good article Douglas Perry, but bad luck about it not having USB 3.0 yet.
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    captaincharisma , October 22, 2011 2:23 PM
    josh1200Because Pirates are going to spend all the money they saved by buying a BD XL disk.



    wait..pirates make money LOL
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    captaincharisma , October 22, 2011 2:25 PM
    alidannow, personally, i perfer to save things according to category, if it cant fit on 1 dvd, id go 2, if it needs 4+ discs i would use a blu ray, if it would be less than 1gb, id rather store it on a disc, than also store it on a flash drive or hdd, just for ease of use. but a non pirate use, and by pirate, i mean download form the internet, not ripping your own media. i can see large backups of home videos, as those older tape based camcorders had about 15gb per tape (i think mini dv)i can also see backing up your dvd colection to bluray, something very important to a parenti can see backing up digital purchases i can see backing up your games collectioni can also see backing up video you take in generaland depending on camera mp size, backing that up en mass too. the average consumer does have a use for 100gb discs.


    you forgot the #1 excuse that you can use it to put a copy of linux on it lol
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    jn77 , October 22, 2011 3:25 PM
    saturnusProbably true but not that many laptops and other portable equipment has USB 3 ports, yet. So a Y-power is probably a good idea for Sony for the burner to be viable for as large a market segment as possible.




    Last I checked most reasonably priced laptops now come with at least 1 or 2 USB 3 ports, but if you are talking about the "poverty" market of cheap laptops selling for less than $799 then your right, they may not have it.

    See Poverty laptops use back stock of old crap that Intel and AMD stopped producing years ago. A cheap basic latop will start around $800 and go up, which is still really "cheap" considering bleading edge desktop replacement laptops go for about $2500 +
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