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ASUS Announces HR-0205T HD DVD-ROM Drive

Postby Ian on Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:20 pm

ASUS has officially announced their new PC-based HD DVD-ROM drive. According to their press release, the HR-0205T is the quiest optical drive available.

http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=8788

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ASUS HR-0205T Next Generation Optical Disc Drive Provides Quietest Operations at 21.1 dB

Taipei, Taiwan, October 30, 2007 – Catering to users who need an optical disc drive that is able to provide high definition movie playback, versatile multi-functionality and quiet operations, ASUS, leading producer of multimedia products, has today released the new ASUS HR-0205T Optical Disc Drive. This new generation HD DVD ROM drive supports reading data from DVD+R/RW/DVD-R/RW formats, and is the quietest ODD in the market, operating at a mere 21.1 dB – providing users with the best HD movie playback entertainment experience.

Compatibility with a Wide Range of Disc Formats
The HR-0205T is able to support 2.4X HD DVD ROM/2.4X HD DVD ROM(DL)/2.4X HD DVD-R Read, 5X DVD±R/ 5X DVD+RW/ 5X DVD-RW/ 5X DVD±R (DL), 15X CD-R/ 15X CD-RW; and 15X DVD-ROM/ 15X CD-ROM Read formats – giving the user maximum flexibility and support for any type of disc media.

Supports Playback for Double-layer 30GB HD DVDs
HD DVDs come in two variants – single and double layers; and are equal to 4 hours of HD TV or 8 hours of HD content. The HR-0205T is capable of reading both single layer (15GB) and double layer (30GB) HD DVD-ROM media at 2.4x read speeds – allowing users to enjoy HD movie playback. The HD DVDs also have much more capacity – about 3 times to 6 times more capacity in comparison to ordinary DVDs. The HR-0205T is also able to transfer data at Another advantage of the HR-0205T is the fact that it takes full advantage of the shared physical structure of HD discs and standard DVD discs, which allows it to read HD-DVD-R, and in doing so allow users to read the diverse line-up of discs in the HD DVD-ROM disc family, including twin format disc and pick-up head with only a single objective lens.

Quiet Operations at only 21.1 dB
The HR-0205T also provides quiet operations for better movie enjoyment – operating at only 23.7dB for DVD-9 Movie Disc playback and 21.1dB for HD Movie Disc playback – much lower than leading competing models.

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The HR-0205T can utilize a PATA-SATA adaptor for high-speed and stable read capabilities with both SATA and PATA interface compatibilities, and can also be able to be mounted horizontally or vertically. It is also fully supported by Windows XP/2000/ Vista – making it easy and convenient for installation.
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Postby Wesociety on Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:39 pm

Any word on price or the 'actual' manufacturer?
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Postby Ian on Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:40 pm

It's probably a rebadged Toshiba.

No idea what the price is. Hopefully they look at how inexpensive standalone players are and price it accordingly. If I had to guess though, I'd say it will be at least $100. Probably closer to $150.
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Postby Matrix3 on Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:42 am

I found on some web site that retail price is going to be $180 and $270 for Asus Blu-ray drive.
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Postby Ian on Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:12 am

I can understand the $270 price tag for the Blu-ray combo drive, but $180 for an internal HD DVD drive is to high. ASUS needs to rethink that price.
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Postby Wesociety on Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:27 pm

Ian wrote:I can understand the $270 price tag for the Blu-ray combo drive, but $180 for an internal HD DVD drive is to high. ASUS needs to rethink that price.

Yeah, $180 makes no sense since you can buy the Xbox 360 HD DVD external for $170. This makes the ASUS drive basically a HD DVD drive with no external chasis for more money.

On the other hand, I could see their claim about being 'the quietest' HD DVD drive out available draw in some Home Theater PC buyers.
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