Pioneer Japan recently announced its new slim, portable DVD writer, the DVR-XD10J. This USB bus powered drive 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. The DVR-XD10J also includes features like Pioneer's PURE READ+ technology as well as an advanced firmware that reduces noise by adjusting the rotation speed when playing audio CD's and DVD movies.


The DVR-XD10J come bundled with an assortment of software from CyberLink and is expected to cost about 6,500 Yen ($80US) when it hits stores in early July.