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Pioneer unveils tiny external optical drive

Posted in Pioneer by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2009

pioneerdvr-xd09-sbThe thing I dislike the most about using my netbook when I travel is that on many occasions when I am working I need an optical drive. My netbook and 99% of all others on the market lack an optical drive. The only option is to use an external drive, but most of those are too large and heavy.

Pioneer has announced a new external DVD/CD burner that it aimed at users of netbooks and other computers that lack optical drives called the DVR-XD09. The tiny drive looks more like a CD case than an optical drive.

Pioneer unveils speedy BDR-2203 Blu-ray burner

Posted in Computer Components,Disc Drives by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2009

pioneerbdr-2203-sbI remember when Blu-ray drives for computers first starting coming to the market. The internal drives were over $1000 to purchase making them far too expensive for most of the people interested in them to afford. Thankfully, as things happen in the technology industry, prices have dropped significantly today.

Pioneer has announced a new Blu-ray writer called the BDR-2203 that can burn dual-layer Blu-ray discs at 8x speeds. The best part is that the internal optical drive retails for $249.99, about a quarter of what Blu-ray drives sold for not so long ago.

MacWorld 2008

MacBook Air SuperDrive

Posted in Apple,Disc Drives,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2008

MacBook Air SuperDrive external optical drive for the MacBook AirIn the keynote speech yesterday at MacWorld Jobs brushed over the MacBook Air SuperDrive fairly quickly giving the message that the need for optical drives are becoming less, especially since the new MacBook Air has no internal optical drive. According to Apple it can download what software it needs through the internet and connect wirelessly to the Time Capsule for backing up and storing data. Apple does know that the end of optical drives is still a ways off and created this MacBook Air SuperDrive as an external optical drive accessory to the MacBook Air, and ONLY for the MacBook Air according to the specs.

It connects and is powered through a single standard USB cable that’s built into the drive so the MacBook Air will power the SuperDrive both when plugged in and when on batteries. The slot-loading SuperDrive is not much bigger than a CD case at 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches, and weighs 1.09 pounds. It also has some decent speeds with writing CD-Rs at 24x and double-layer DVDs at 4x.