I-O DATA Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing its new portable, BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRP-U6XE. This USB-powered drive can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x. The BRP-U6XE is also capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x.


The BRP-U6XE comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero Express Essentials and is expected to cost 17,800 Yen ($234US) when it hits stores at the beginning of October.