Pioneer Offers 8x Dual-Layer Blu-ray Writer

Earlier today, Pioneer introduced the BDR-2203, its internal 8x dual-layer Blu-ray writer, however general consumers may tremble at the knees by the sight of its monstrous price tag.

Looking for a way to archive a crazy amount of data? Then Pioneer's BDR-2203 may be the ticket, its latest internal Blu-ray disk drive that features 8x dual-layer write support. What that means to consumers is that they can store up to 50 GB of data on one Blu-ray disk. According to the company, it will take users 15 minutes to write 25 GB of information to a single-layer BD disk; 30 minutes to write 50 GB of data using the new writer. However, the drive doesn't come cheap, requiring consumers to fork over a whopping $249.99. Is it worth it? Perhaps so, but general consumers may want to wait a while.

“As one of the earliest advocates of Blu-ray Disc technology, Pioneer recognized the many advantages the format could have for consumer and professional users, which has culminated in our development of one of the industry’s most robust BD writers to date,” said Steve Cohn, director of optical disc sales for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “When considering that a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc is equivalent to ten single-layer DVDs, our BDR-2203 is a viable PC upgrade for those who are looking to enter this new era of HD playback, storage and picture performance in every facet of their life.”

In addition to the hardware, the BDR-2203 comes packed with CyberLink software: PowerDirector, PowerDVD, and Power2Go. CyberLink's PowerDirector enables end-users to capture, edit, and burn high-definition and widescreen formatted video. PowerDVD, on the other hand, is nothing more than a commercial media playback tool which usually comes bundled with PC systems and internal DVD/Blu-ray drives. Power2Go is CyberLink's all-media disc burning software, allowing users to perform drag-and-drop burning, audio file conversion, video disc authoring. And more.

As for the specifics of the drive, the BDR-2203 indicates that the drive is capable of burning up to 8x using BD-R and BD-R DL discs, and up to 2x using BD-RE and BD-RE DL discs. Additionally, the drive reads up to 8x speed on BD-ROM/BD-ROM DL, BD-R, and BD-RE discs, and up to 6x on BD-R DL and BD-RE DL media. As for serving the DVD consumers, the drive writes up to 16x speed on DVD-R/+R, up to 8x on DVD-R/+R (DL), up to 8x on DVD+RW, up to 6x on DVD-RW, and up to 5x on DVD-RAM. Working as a CD drive, the BDR-2203 writes up to 32x on CD-R, and up to 24x on CD-RW.

Pioneer said that the Blu-ray drive is shipping this month, so expect the BDR-2203 to hit your local electronics store soon.

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