Asus Delivering Blu-ray via USB

DVICE is reporting that Asus is gearing up to launch an external Blu-ray player later this month. According to the website, the SBC-04D1S-U external Blu-ray drive only offers one connection: USB 2.0. Apparently, the drive doesn't offer any other type of output--no HDMI, no AC power jack, but rather sends and receives through the single USB port.

In addition to reading 4.8X Blu-ray discs, the external drive is also capable of writing 8X DVD-Rs and CD-Rs. Asus also said that the drive features a "Turbo Engine for enhanced USB Connectivity" which is probably what helps the drive crank out HD video to the monitor without additional video cables.

Additionally, the Blu-ray drive uses TrueTheater High Definition, transforming standard content into HD-quality images on high-resolution displays. The drive also comes with a vertical stand, Disc Encryption, and additional Cyberlink software. Currently there's no pricing available, however stay tuned for more in the next several weeks.

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  • burnley14
    Wow, that's impressive. I wish there were more output options other than strictly USB, but still impressive. Hopefully it won't cost an arm and a leg.
  • JasonAkkerman
    I must be lost... is this just an external optical drive, or is there suppose to me some kind of hard decoder built it?
  • Andraxxus
    Looks very promising but it will most likely have a high price.