After releasing teaser images on Facebook, Asus posted the specs of a new, unannounced 3D Blu-ray writer supporting the BDXL format (opens in new tab) on early this week. Called the SBW-06C2X-U, the external burner offers up to 6x Blu-ray writing speed, Blu-ray 3D playback support, 2D to 3D DVD conversion, DVD upscaling to HD 1080p, Dolby EX and DTS-HD (5.1 channels).
Thanks to BDXL format support, users can burn huge amounts of data on a single Blu-ray disc: up to 100 GB on a BD-R (TL) disc and up to 128 GB on a BD-R (QL) disc. Acer claims that a 25 GB BD-R (SL) disc can be filled and closed in just 23.39 minutes at 6X speed -- other 2X models out on the market today completes the same disc in 45.29 minutes.
"ASUS SBW-06C2X-U is external slim 6X Blu-ray writer supporting the latest BDXL format and life-like total Blu-ray 3D playback," reads the product description. "These all fit into an 2011 IF Award-winning design, inspired from miniaturized architectual forms of elegant squared lines and a unique metal stand. The included metal stand provides both vertical and horizontal placement, helping users save space with increased versatility."
The spec sheet states that the burner has a 2 MB buffer and connects via a USB 2.0 port. The access time of a BD (SL/DL) disc and a BD (TV/QL) disc is 300 ms and 450 ms respectively -- DVDs and CDs are accessed in 190 ms. It measures 157 x 140 x 18.5-mm (LxWxH), weighs 290g (410g with stand), and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7, Windows Server 2003/2008, and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Currently pricing and availability are unknown, so stay tuned for something official to arrive.
I thought we were talking about Asus no ?
I tried contacting them, and it seems they don't understand that the problem is a firmware update issue, instead they said i should RMA the drive... The drive NEVER had a single firmware update, in its entire lifespan.
Or you are a content creator
Atleast when you see the two on the shelf at the store you can see the difference and know that you want the more expensive one if you plan on using playback and don't already have the software ...
I disagree with you and this is why. I typically can eat up between 7GB to 32GB in one photo-shoot. I used 16 and 32 gig CF & SD cards with my Canon 5D Mark III, which is a 22.3megapixel camera. I shoot RAW (.CR2) only so the file size varies between 22mb to 35mb with an average of 25mb. I just did a Sweet 15 photo-shoot and I took 817 images and deleted 98 right off the bat. That left me with 729 total images that consumed 19GB of space. For a wedding, I can fill up two or three 32gig cards depending on the size of the wedding and the size of the reception. Potentially, I can get very close to 100gigs worth of images taken in one whole day between myself, a second and third photographer. Before I even edit the images, I make two copies onto other CF cards, and a couple of copies on my computer and I lock up the original CF cards.
I buy new CF cards often for storage purposes, because they hold a lot and take little room and they are fairly robust. Hard drives tend to be fragile and SSD drives are still not quite cost effective. A BDXL disc should be fairly cheap or close to the cost of the current Blue Ray disc, and I would expect them to be much cheaper that CF cards that I keep on buying.
Just because someone needs packs and pages of BD Media does not mean that are breaking the law. There are legitimate uses other than copying overpriced movies from Hollywood.