I-O DATA Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new DVRP-U8C series of portable DVD writers. Available in five colors - white, black, red, blue and brown, the DVRP-U8C series is capable of 8x DVD±R, 6x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. These new drives are also USB bus powered and come bundled with Nero 9 Express Essentials as well as I-O DATA's QuickDrive LE management software.

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The DVRP-U8C series is scheduled to ship in early February and is expected to cost about 6,300 Yen ($76US).

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Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance digital media solutions, announces a new external slim DVD writer in Europe. The PX-L611U is an external DVD writer offering the convenience of a dependable DVD and CD burner in a highly portable package. It writes DVD±R at 8X, DVD±R DL at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X and DVD-RW at 6X. And with LightScribe direct disc labeling, users can burn customized labels on any LightScribe compatible discs.

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This highly-compact drive is light and slender. It weighs a mere 350 grams (0.77 pounds), and its dimensions are only 137mm (5.39 inch) long by 137mm (5.39 inch) wide, and just 22mm (0.86 inch) thick. Its size makes the drive ideal for business professionals and students needing transportable but reliable media burning and DVD movie playback. Further convenience is provided through the use of a unique single USB port and battery combination to power the unit eliminating the need to carry an AC adapter for the drive.

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plextor m2s ssd small.jpgPhilips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS), the US distributor for Plextor and Lite-On optical disc drives, announces new products from both Plextor and Lite-On to be featured at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in the PLDS Suite at the Bellagio.

Plextor introduces its next generation of Solid-State Drives supporting the new high-speed SATA 6Gb/s interface with read speeds of up to 400MB/s, making it one of the fastest 2.5-inch SSD in the market today. This high performance SSD is a perfect data storage solution for power users, gamers, system integrators and industrial applications such as medical or government sectors. The Plextor SSD 6Gb/s will be available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and will be shipped to the nearest e-tailers and retailers during the first quarter of 2011.

“We’re glad to see Plextor continues to expand its presence in the storage industry with the new SSDs,” said Kathy Huynh at Plextor.

Also highlighted is the Plextor’s newly-improved 12X external Blu-ray writer, PX-LB950UE. The PX-LB950UE has been redesigned to improve user’s experience and performance with additional added media compatibility. This drive features the all-new Superspeed USB 3.0 and eSATA connections in one drive, providing bandwidth for blazing fast data transfer rate and shorten burn time. The drive is backward compatible with USB 2.0, which provides more flexibility to users. The PX-LB950UE will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

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LG Electronics announced its 2011 product lineup of Optical Disc Drives (ODD) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices today at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

Leading LG's 2011 ODD lineup is the company's first portable Blu-ray Rewriter, the BP06LU10. Encased in a slim and stylish frame, the BP06LU10 boasts 3D Playback functionality that provides top-notch videos and sound and spectacular live-action stereoscopic 3D.

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Unlike existing external Blu-ray Rewriters, the AC Power Adapter Free BP06LU10 allows for Blu-ray disc writing and title playing experiences for mini and slim laptop users with no optical disc drive. 3D Blu-ray content that used to be played through Blu-ray players and TVs can now be played on the PC with the BP06LU10 external Blu-ray Rewriter.  Thanks to the BP06LU10’s Power DVD 3D bundle software, it not only plays 3D titles, but also converts conventional 2D DVD titles to provide a 3D effect.

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Mitsubishi Chemical announced this week that their "ARLEDIA" DVD-R media is now being sold under the Verbatim brand. These archival grade discs feature DYN-AZO dye and a Au/Ag (gold/silver) reflective layer which offers twice the lifetime of conventional DVD-R media. The discs also have a special hard coating that protects the recording surface from scratches and fingerprints.

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The new Verbatim brand ARLEDIA media is available in both single (DHR47HAD1V1) and five packs (DHR47HAD5V1) which are priced at around 480 Yen ($5.79US) and 2280 Yen ($27.50US), respectively.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues its innovation in the optical disc drive category with today’s announcement of its new professional, high definition BDXL internal Blu-ray Disc drive. The Pioneer BDR-206MBK, BDXL writer for Windows based personal computers, is the first drive to read and write using the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format. BDXL more than doubles the current maximum Blu-ray Disc storage capacity and is ideal for various commercial uses such as video and broadcast archiving and storage, capturing and playback of high definition programming or data archiving needs. The BDR-206MBK also enhances recording accuracy and further limits artificial noise for quality playback.

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By integrating additional layers to traditional Blu-ray Discs, BDXL offers up to 128 GB of storage capacity on a quadruple layer disc. The BDR-206MBK drive allows users to read/write BD-R XL and BD-RE XL triple layer (100GB) and BD-R XL quadruple layer (128GB) discs. Additionally, the drive can play back and record on virtually all disc formats including CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc. The drive comes bundled with CyberLink software to support BDXL and is ready for use out of the box. For a limited time, Pioneer is including a piece of BD-R XL 100GB media for free with each drive.

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Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, announces the new eNAU608 External Slim DVD writer that lets users personalize their drive and disc. The decorative interchangeable top cover inserts included in the drive give the device a stylish twist. Moreover, users can create their own inserts by simply adding their favorite pictures or patterns to the cover. The eNAU608 features both LabelTag and LightScribe direct disc labeling technologies for their DVDs or CDs.

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The eNAU608 is a slim and portable external 8X DVD writer wrapped in an elegant slim case that offers an easy and convenient solution for sharing photos, creating home videos or backing up data. The compact and lightweight design is ideal for laptops and netbooks and is USB-powered so no other cables or adapters need to be carried, making the eNAU608 a perfect companion for professionals, students and people on the go.

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I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing two new 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc writers. The internal BRD-3DS12 is capable of 12x BD-R, 12x 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 10x. The external BRD-3DU8 isn't quite as fast. Due to its USB 2.0 interface, the drive's BD-R and BD-R DL writing speeds are limited to only 8x.  

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The BRD-3DS12 and BRD-3DU8 come bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero 9 Essentials and are expected to cost 28,50 Yen ($343US) and 29,600 Yen ($356US), respectively, when they hits stores at the end of November.

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Lite-On announces today the introduction of their most versatile 24X DVD writer to date: the iHAS624. The iHAS624 is a fast and reliable SATA DVD Writer with various disc labeling techniques as well as Smart-Erase for safe and permanent disc erasing. The drive is designed for DVD writing at 24X and features the latest optical drive technologies for accurate disc writing. This DVD Writer reduces the time it takes to reliably secure business files, backup personal files or create DVD videos.

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Using LabelTag means a convenient and cost-effective way for labeling any DVD±R single layer disc without using additional software. LabelTag is a patented Lite-On feature that allows users to create a circular label on the data discs. When creating the disc, users can add text and/or images printed on the same side of the disc where the data is stored. No need to use markers, stickers, or even the hassle of flipping the disc. There is no special media required and the disc remains fully compatible with other playback devices.

Additionally, users can choose to label their discs with LightScribe technology. With LightScribe one can directly create customized labels and burn them onto LightScribe compatible DVDs and CDs.

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I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new portable 6x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRP-U6. While measuring a mere 137×154×20mm, this USB bus powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R LTH, 4x BD-R DL, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD read speed of 6x. The BRP-U6 is also backwards compatible with all DVD and CD formats and comes bundled with Nero 9 Essentials.

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The BRP-U6 is expected to ship in early December for a suggested retail price of 22,100 Yen ($266US).

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