Model: Sony BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer
Manufacturer: Sony Electronics
Provided By: Sony America

When it comes to consumer electronics, there are few names as well known as Sony. For more than 50 years, this Japanese company has lead the way, producing innovative products for the audio, video and computer markets. Sony is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. From the development of the first compact disc standards to the introduction of the first dual format DVD writer, Sony has played a major role in much of the technology used today.

Sony has also been one of the driving forces behind the Blu-ray Disc format. The company offers a wide range of Blu-ray products, including a series of drives for the desktop computer market. This past fall, Sony announced its third-generation Blu-ray Disc writer, the BWU-300S. Based loosely on the Panasonic SW-5584, the BWU-300S 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 drive also sports an 8MB buffer and is backwards compatible with all major CD and DVD formats, including DVD-RAM. To top it all off, Sony has included a full featured software bundle from CyberLink and a copy of “Men in Black" on Blu-ray Disc.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what Sony'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 BWU-300S's features and then see how it compares to some of the Blu-ray Disc writers from the competition. Does the BWU-300S have what it takes? Is it the fastest Blu-ray Disc writer around? Keep reading to find out.

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