Model: Pioneer BDR-2203 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer
Manufacturer: Pioneer Electronics

Pioneer has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry for more than five decades. While best known for their audio and video products for the home and car, they're no stranger to the world of optical storage. In fact, the optical storage industry probably wouldn't be where it is today without them. From the development of the DVD-R and DVD-RW formats to the introduction of the world's first DVD recorder, Pioneer has been a major influence upon much of the technology used today.

With the format war coming to an end, Pioneer has set its sights on the Blu-ray Disc market. Over the last few years, the company has introduced a number of drives, including one of the industry's first 8x Blu-ray Disc writers, the BDR-2203. Featuring some of the fastest BD reading and writing speeds available, this retail version of the BDR-203 is capable of 8x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 8x. The BDR-2203 is also backwards compatible with all major CD and DVD formats and includes features like a 4MB buffer and a software bundle from CyberLink.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what Pioneer's new Blu-ray Disc writer has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take an in-depth look at the BDR-2203's features and then see how it compares to the 8x Blu-ray Disc writers from LG and Sony. Does the BDR-2203 have what it takes? Is it the fastest Blu-ray Disc writer around? Keep reading to find out.

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