I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new external 14x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRD-UT14X. Based on what appears to be the LG BH14NS40, this USB 3.0 equipped drive is capable of 14x BD-R (with Sony 6x BD-R media), 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds. The BRD-S14X can also write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.


The BRD-UT14X comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero Express Essentials and is expected to cost 18,900 Yen ($233US) when it hits stores in late April.