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.
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