Samsung shows off first commercial BluRay writer

By Justin Mann on March 17, 2006, 5:08 PM
BluRay is finally here, and the first available BluRay disc burner is already on the market. Samsung's SH-B022 is the first commercial writer for BluRay discs, and despite being ahead of the curve technology wise, it uses a plain jane IDE connector. Of course, no standard software yet supports burning to BluRay by default, but a patch for Nero 7 adds functionality.

The capacity of the drive is nothing to shrug at, with support for 25GB and higher discs already. Good luck finding them, though, and even better luck affording them when you do, because they will start at around $25 a pop. The speed is not impressive at all, in fact slower than even a midrange DVD burner, but that's likely to soon change.

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DragonMaster said:
At a price tag of???Sigh... 25$ per discs. How much do they cost to produce? <$2?
Kreuger said:
And the writer will cost upwards of $300US right?
seanp789 said:
booo on bluray. Kreuger the writer costs closer to $1000+. $300 would be a bargain at this point.
DragonMaster said:
With production costs around the one of a DVD burner... Or maybe BluRay needs better electronics, but they still make a lot of money on release.
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