Japanese Buffalo and IO Data will release later this month in Japan their first 14X Blu-ray disc burners, the fastest drives in the industry.
IO Data's BRD-UT14X model is an external USB 3.0 Blu-ray
disc burner that supports burning on single-layer BD-R
media at 14X. This means that a full 25GB BD-R will be
recorded in less than 9 minutes. Of course, this high
speed is achieved with select BD-Rs, and IO Data has
achived it using the Sony BD-R SL discs. Still, such a
high burning speed could result to low quality burns,
considering what we have experienced with 12X BD-R
recordings so far.
The drive is also compatible with BDXL media and is rated
for 6x burning with BD-R XL/TL, 12x for BD-R DL, 6x with
BD-RE DL, 14x for BD-R SL, 8x with BD-RE SL, 12x BD-ROM
SL and 8x with BD-ROM SL. Compatible with DVDs, the drive
burns DVD+R/-R DL at 12x, DVD+R/-R SL at 16x, DVD+RW/-RW
at 12x, DVD-RAM at 5x abd reads DVD-ROM SL at 16x and
DVD-ROM DL at 12x. Last but not least, it is a
48x/40x/48x CD-RW burner.
The drive will retail in Japan in the end of April for
JYen 19,845 ($246).
Buffallo's version of the drive dubbed BRXL-14U3 shared the same technical specifications with IO Data's model and will be also released in Japan for JYen 22,100
Designed for both data storage and TV Video recording, the BRXL-14U3 comes with the DiXiM BD Burner software from DiXiM, which lets users burn any DRM recorded digital TV stored on their PC, Network and recorded via a Digital Tuner to any BD or BDXL blank disc. Buffalo will also bundle its burner with CyberLink PowerDVD 10 BD edition.