Pioneer ships desktop Blu-ray burner
Nearly five months after Pioneer introduced its 5.25"
BDR-101A Blu-ray burner, the company has announced
the drive's availability in the retail market. The BDR-101A can
write and re-write single-layer Blu-ray media at a speed of 2x, or
a theoretical 46-minute burn time for a 25 GB disc. Burning for
DVD±R and DVD±RW discs is also on the table at 8x and 4x
speeds, respectively, but the BDR-101A does not feature the ability to
either read or write CD-Rs, CD-RWs, or DVD-RAMs. As X-bit labs points
out, the drive uses a standard Parallel ATA connection instead of Serial
ATA, although that's hardly surprising considering the highest supported
data writing speed seems to be 11.08 MB/s with 8X recordable DVDs.
Regardless, TigerDirect is already
selling the drive for a cool $999.99, with shipping expected to take
one to three weeks. The retailer also stocks single
TDK recordable and rewritable Blu-ray discs, which are priced at
$17.99 and $19.99, respectively. Thanks to DailyTech
for the links.