Pioneer announces $299 Blu-ray computer drive

By on May 4, 2007, 3:07 AM
Pioneer Electronics, one of the main forces behind the Blu-ray discs, announced today a new economic Blu-ray computer drive. The BDC-2202 will be capable of reading single layer BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE at up to 5X speeds and double layer BD-ROMs and BD-R/-RE at up to 2X. As one would expect, read/write backwards compatibility for DVDs and CDs has been included. It will also comes bundled with media software that ensures compatibility with commercially released Blu-ray Disc movies.

“With the BDC-2202, computer savvy consumers are now privy to what was previously only available to professional users. In addition to maintaining the same benefits of current optical disc drives, the included software means users can now enjoy their favorite Blu-ray Disc movies as well as their own personal disc creations,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
With a suggested retail price of $299, this drive will definitely catch the attention of many. You can expect Pioneer’s new Blu-ray computer drive to hit the shelves next month.

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howzz1854 said:
this is definitely a good news, expect HD-DVD competition to do the same in the next few months. hardly a pocket change but definintely good news for the consumers. let the price war for PC market begin.
Dreamthief said:
[b]Originally posted by howzz1854:[/b][quote]this is definitely a good news, expect HD-DVD competition to do the same in the next few months. D'oh! Where, oh where have you been? HD-DVD is a deadend. Toshiba withdrew support. "The HD DVD Promotion Group dissolved on March 28, 2008"
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