Pioneer releases external Blu-Ray burner with BDXL disk support
The Japanese manufacturer of PC peripherals Pioneer has released a new Blu-Ray burner that natively supports BDXL disks. The device, known as BDR-XS05J, also boasts a slot-loading mechanism, thickness of just 20.3 mm and low weight of 330 grams.
The Pioneer BDR-XS05J supports USB 3.0 and offers 4 MB of internal cache memory as well as burning of BD-R, BD-R LHT, BD-RE and DVD-RW disks at 6x speed. Three and quad-layer BD-R disks as well as dual-layer DVD-R and DVD+R disks get recorded at 4x and 2x speed respectively; DVD+R, DVD-R and DVD+RW disks get burned at 8x; DVD-RAM disks are recorded at 5x speed; older CD-R and CD-RW disks are written at 24x speed.
The new Pioneer product is especially suitable for ultrabooks and notebooks without an internal optical drive. The retail version of the BDR-XS05J will sell for EUR 160 and includes a bunch of software programs some of which are Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, InstantBurn 5, MediaShow 6 and others.