I-O DATA Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new 14x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRD-S14X. Like the Buffalo BRXL-14FBS, the BRD-S14X appears to be based on the LG BH14NS40. The 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.

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The BRD-S14X comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero Express Essentials and is expected to cost 13,600 Yen ($234US) when it hits stores at the end of March.

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Buffalo Japan has definitely been on a roll lately. The company not only announced one of the industry's first 14x Blu-ray Disc writers, they've now unveiled what they claim to be the world's smallest and lightest portable Blu-ray Disc writer. The BRXL-CSPI6U2-BK weighs in at a mere 240g and, thanks to a unique clamshell design, measures only 133 × 133 × 14.8 mm. This USB powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 4x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. The BRXL-CSPI6U2-BK also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BRXL-CSPI6U2-BK comes with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. it also includes DiXiM BD Burner 2011 from DigiOn, which lets you burn copy-protected digtal content directly from DTCP-IP enabled DLNA devices on your home network. The BRXL-CSPI6U2-BK is scheduled to ship at the end of March and is expected to retail for about 21,000 Yen ($257US).

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Buffalo Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new 14x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRXL-14FBS. Based on what appears to be the LG BH14NS40, this new 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. On top of that, the BRXL-14FBS can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BRXL-14FBS comes with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. it also includes DiXiM BD Burner 2011 from DigiOn, which lets you burn copy-protected digtal content directly from from DLNA or UPnP devices on your home network. The BRXL-14FBS is scheduled to ship at the end of March and is expected to retail for about 18,900 Yen ($232US).

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DataLocker Inc., a leading developer of encrypted data storage products, today announced the industry’s most secure line of self-encrypting DVD-Rs and CD-Rs with the DataLocker SecureDisk. The DataLocker SecureDisk DVDs and CDs combine AES 256-bit encryption and disc-burning functionality on a self-contained recordable CD or DVD with built in software for disc burning.

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Users can secure and encrypt any file to these FIPS 140-2 validated DVDs and CDs. The DataLocker SecureDisk line makes it simple and easy to store, transport, and share sensitive data, records and files.

“Our SecureDisk line is a low cost, effective way of distributing sensitive information with co-workers, clients and patients,” said Jay Kim, Founder and COO, DataLocker. “Keeping sensitive information encrypted is a must in today’s digital data-centric world.”

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Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance storage and digital media solutions, releases its new PlexEasy (PX-650US) external DVD/CD burner in the European market. First announced in December the PlexEasy is a versatile stand-alone optical storage device with a host of special features.

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PlexEasy is a compact 8x DVD/CD Writer with a built-n SD/MMC card reader and a USB connector. It has the ability to connect directly to a wide variety of devices including both mass storage devices and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) devices such as tablets, smart phones, hard disks, flash drives, camcorders, and digital cameras. No computer is required, the drive is controlled directly by buttons on the top and operational status can be checked through LCD screen.

Building upon Plextor’s prestigious optical drive technology, PlexEasy can also be connected to a PC or notebook, offering the full functionality of a high-end external DVD burner, with 8x writing speed and support for all types of CDs and DVDs. PlexEasy is slim and lightweight resulting in ultimate portability. PlexEasy is an ideal solution for both professionals and casual users. PlexEasy is designed to be “Easy, intuitive, and compatible”. It’s about saving time, working efficiently, and carrying less hardware to get the job done.

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TEAC Europe recently launched its new BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer, the BD-W512SA. Based on what appears to be the Pioneer BDR-207, this new drive can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x. The BD-W512SA is also capable of 12x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and supports both horizontal and vertical mounting for most system configurations.

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No word yet on price, but the BD-W512SA is scheduled to ship at the end of February.

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moser_baer_expressions_scented_dvd.pngMoser Baer introduces India’s first range of fragrant discs ‘Expressions’- a unique gift for the loved ones on the occasion of fast approaching Valentine Day.

In this digital age, expressing your feelings on a greeting card is a passé! Discerning consumers on a look out for better, smarter and elegant communication means to wish their loved ones on this Valentine Day, would surely find Moser Baer’s latest offering- the Expressions Discs, befitting.

Sprinkled with apple-green and rose fragrance, these DVDRs are first-of-its-kind gifts in the Indian digital space. With 4.7 GB, one has immense space, freedom and flexibility to capture a personalised repertoire of videos, songs and photos for the loved ones. This obviously gives an edge over ordinary greeting cards or e-cards.

The scented disc full of memories adds to the value of the feelings with which it has been given. It truly makes the recipient feel special. The attractive covers add further elegance to the product, giving a nice and proper fit to the disc and a dapper look to the whole package.

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asus_drw-24b5st_dvd_writer.pngASUS today launched the DRW-24B5ST, the first DVD writer bundled with two of the top disc burning solutions around. With ASUS-exclusive E-Green and OTS technology, this disc drive consumes less energy and increases the burning rate by auto-detecting the type of disc before adjusting its power requirements to suit the task at hand. The E-Hammer and Disc Encryption II features give the users the most secure methods of data protection. The DRW-24B5ST is the one drive for users who are looking for additional data protection, energy efficiency and faster burning rates.

The ASUS DRW-24B5ST is the first optical disc drive to come bundled with not one, but two top branded burning software solutions: Nero Essentials 10 and Cyberlink Power2Go 7. Nero Essentials 10 is one of the world’s most popular CD/DVD recording software available in the market and in addition to the basic functions; it also comes with three special features. Discspeed utility and Infotool utility allows users to test the performance of the drive while Gracenote, is an advanced music recognition technology which automatically offers users up–to-date album and track information with each ripping of a music CD. Power2Go 7 software suite is a complete burning tool that provides users the extra credibility in file protection and encryption of data. With two of the top software solutions bundled together, the DRW-24B5ST is the only DVD writer that offers choice when choosing the most appropriate burning solution.

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing the its new BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-S07J. Along with the ability to playback BDXL discs, the drive can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x. The BDR-S07J is also capable of 12x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and includes features like Pioneer's PowerRead and PureRead3+ technologies as well as power-saving and silent modes. Pioneer rounds all this out with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. The BDR-S07J also includes DiXiM BD Burner 2011 from DigiOn, which lets you burn video directly from DLNA or UPnP devices on your home network. 

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The BDR-S07J is scheduled to ship in mid February and is expected to retail for about 25,000 Yen ($326US).

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new professional-grade Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-PR1. Designed for businesses, libraries and museums looking to archive important data to Blu-ray Disc, the BDR-PR1 features like a SATA 3 Gb/s interface and is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds. The drive also comes with software which can be used to check the recording quality by measuring the RSER (Random Symbol Error Rate) and the number of Burst Errors. The  BDR-PR1 is scheduled to ship at the end of January and, while a price has not been announced, its expected to cost about three times as much as a consumer grade Blu-ray writer ($300-$400).

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In support of Pioneer's new Blu-ray Disc writer, Mitsubishi Chemical (MKM) has released its new professional, archival-grade 50GB BD-R DL media. Designed to work with the BDR-PR1, these new discs have a lifetime of more than 50 years when stored at room temperture (25° C) and 80% relative humidity. Contrary to earlier reports, Mitsubishi's archival-grade BD-R DL media has been developed in-house and will continue to be manufactured in the company's own factory.

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