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BenQ To Ship BW1000 In August

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:51 am
by Ian
BenQ Europe has announced that they will be shipping the BW1000 in August. Save your pennies because its not cheap.... € 799,00 (~$1022US).

BenQ Releases Trio Writer BW1000 The next generation 3 in 1 optical writer BW1000 supports Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD formats for both greater read/write capability and compatibility.
3 July 2006

Europe, 29 June, 2006 – BenQ today announces the next generation optical writer, the BenQ BW1000 trio writer. The BenQ BW1000 incorporates three types of lasers to support multiple media formats – The current red laser disc, infra-red laser and the new blue laser disc Blu-Ray. Together with other features, such as precision Tilt Control System, SolidBurn and Write Right technology, this high-capacity optical drive device with Blu-Ray technology encompasses all the right applications for a greater read/ write capability with Blu-Ray discs and compatibility with both DVD and CD.

Blu-Ray technology
The BenQ BW1000 allows several advantages with Blu-Ray technology. For instance, it allows playback and recording of Blu-Ray discs with a storage capacity up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and an astounding 50GB on a double-layer disc. This means you can store up to two hours of high-definition TV or more than 13 hours of standard-definition TV content on a mere single-layer disc. To store data, Blu-Ray discs allow you to store the same capacity as five DVDs on a single disc. In addition, Blu-Ray technology enables you to enjoy a full high-definition viewing experience of Blu-Ray movie discs or, Blu-Ray movie discs created by a high-definition camcorder with 1080p (1920x1080 progressive).

Precision Tilt Control System
The BenQ BW1000 uses a Precision Tilt Control System (PTCS), an extra level of protection against vibration, noisy signals and irregularities in the physical media, in order to avoid you from playback hiccups and failed burns. Moreover, the delicate optical pick-up head unit (OPU) of the sophisticated single-lens design has been kept simple by having all three types of lasers to follow the same beam path, ensuring reliable reads and writes as well as extending the life of the OPU.

SolidBurn and Write Right technology
The BenQ BW1000 also features SolidBurn and Write Right technologies. SolidBurn automatically determines and optimizes the writing settings for recordable media to ensure maximum playability and lifespan. BenQ’s Write Right technology provides thorough protection during the writing process which includes Seamless Link (for buffer-under run protection), dynamical jitter calibration (for real-time writing quality consistency) and Walking-OPC (Optimized Power Calibration). Walking OPC dynamically adjusts the power of the laser during the write process to ensure a greater quality consistency.

The BW1000 also encompasses separate LED indicators for Blu-Ray, DVD and CD which will make it easy to know what media you’re working with.

The BenQ BW1000 will be available in the market as from end of August 2006 at a suggested retail price of € 799,00 including VAT.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:10 pm
by Dartman
when a true multi format hddvd/blueray hits about 300 or less I'll probably jump. That cost almost as much as the last car I bought or my widescreen hd tv.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:50 pm
by [buck]
SolidBurn on BenQ's first Bluray drive? That's better than I expected! :D

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:59 pm
by dolphinius_rex
This is the BluRay burner I'll most likely buy. Engineered by BenQ/Philips. mass produced by LiteON... it's a winner :D

As for multiformat drives, I'll worry about one of those once HDDVD prooves it'll survive as a recordable medium. I might have to pick up a HDDVD-ROM at some point if the movie format actually takes off though.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:05 pm
by Phoenix '97
I'll wait till one reaches $400 Cdn. - that's the price point I bought my first DVD burner at. :)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:53 pm
by Ian
BenQ has updated their website with some DW1000 info:

External version.. the EW100G: