Pioneer Japan recently announced its latest 16x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-213JBK. This new, entry-level drive offers support for M-DISC media and is capable of 16x BD-R, 14x BD-R DL, 8x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BDR-213JBK also writes to triple-layer (100GB) BD-R media at 8x, quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

pioneer BDR 213JBK

The BDR-213JBK's front bezel has been redesigned and now features a textured finish and blue LED. The drive also supports Pioneer's PureRead 3+ and PureRead technologies as well as a "custom eco function" that reduces power consumption. The BDR-213JBK ships with authoring and playback software from CyberLink and is expected to hit stores in Japan later this month.