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New Blu-ray Drives From Qisda (BenQ)

Postby Ian on Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:16 am

DigiTimes has reported that Qisda (formerly BenQ) will be releasing two new Blu-ray drives, the BR1000 BD-ROM drive and BW1001 BD burner.

http://www.digitimes.com/systems/a20070830PD220.html

Qisda (formerly BenQ), will offer the BR1000, a Blu-ray Disc (BD)-ROM drive, and BW1001, a BD burner, for sale at recommended retail prices of 1,699 yuan (US$225) and 4,999 yuan (US$662) respectively, according to an August 30 press release on the company's China website.

However, the press release did not indicate when the two models will be launched in China nor whether the drives will be launched in other markets.

The BR1000 is intended to target users who just want to enjoy high-definition (HD) BD movie discs, the company pointed out. In terms of price, a BR1000 in combination with a DVD burner is significantly less expensive than a BD Combo drive such as the Pioneer BDC-S02 which sells at US$299. In addition, the after-sale maintenance costs for a BD Combo are higher, Qisda noted. Qisda will not consider offering BD Combo drive models, the company indicated.

BW1001 supports writing in the following formats and speeds: 4x BD-R (recordable, write once), 2x BD-RE (rewritable), 12x DVD+R/-R, 4x DVD+R/-R DL (single-sided double-layer), 8x DVD+RW/-RW, 32x CD-R and 24x CD-RW.


If you can read Chinese, there's the original press release too:

http://www.benq.com.cn/A/News/Html/2007/8/2695.htm

I'm guessing both drives are based on Lite-On designs. The BW1001 is probably a rebadged DH-4B1S and the BR1000 is a DH-4O1S.
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Postby Ian on Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:42 am

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Postby Wesociety on Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:56 pm

Nice to see BD-ROM drives dropping in price. Hopefully we'll get some similar priced Blu-ray standalones sooner than later.
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