Optical storage innovator Lite-On announces today the introduction of their first external Blu-ray Disc Writer: eHBU212. The eHBU212 is an ultra-fast USB 3.0 external Blu-ray write that can write Blu-ray discs at 12x speed.

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The eHBU212 is a fast external Blu-ray writer that lets you store high-resolution photographs, share your HD videos, backup personal data, store downloads, and free plenty of hard drive space. Using the latest USB 3.0 interface, a generous buffer, and an ultra-fast 12x speed burning system the drive has been created to burn high capacity Blu-ray discs in the quickest possible time.

With a storage capacity of up to 50 GB on a double-layer Blu-ray disc (25 GB on single layer) the eHBU212 plugs into any USB port to store the equivalent of 10 average DVDs or 77 average CDs on just one Blu-ray disc. USB 3.0, the newest USB standard, gives the drive a super fast connection to the computer ensuring that the eHBU212 delivers the shortest burn times and fastest disc reads.

In addition to quickly burning DVDs and Blu-ray discs the drive can transform any suitably specified laptop or desktop into a complete Blu-ray player. The drive is equipped with Cyberlink Blu-ray Suite: this gives you the chance to enjoy the latest movies in vibrant, rich 1920 x 1080p high definition with superb audio. Furthermore all the applications you need for easy disc burning, DVD video editing, backup, and advanced disc burning are provided as well. With the added LightScribe technology you can create and burn your personalized designs onto the labels of LightScribe compatible DVDs and CDs.

“With the eHBU212, Lite-On is launching its first external Blu-ray writer to the market and with that is further extending its Blu-ray portfolio”, says Maarten Souren, Marketing Manager at Lite-On. “The convenient external design enables end users to easily upgrade their laptops, desktops, or home theater PCs to Blu-ray without buying a new computer”, adds Souren.

Whether you’re a digital photographer, a HD video enthusiast, or just a normal computer user you’ll find the quick eHBU212 indispensable for high capacity storage. The Lite-On eHBU212 delivers ultra-fast USB 3.0 Blu-ray burning and amazing movie playback in a convenient external drive.

The eHBU212 will be available from May 2011 for a suggested end-user price of EUR 165.