With Samsung’s BD-P1000 player currently the only device currently available which reads the next generation media it was with pricked ears that I picked up news of BenQ’s impending burner.
The BW1000 has undergone a minor face-lift since I first cast eyes on it at CeBIT. The highly reflective silver finish (which would’ve looked pants in a beige case anyway) has been replaced with a more matte look and a new logo called ‘Trio’ is featured on the front.
‘Trio’ is BenQ’s new brand which confirms the drive is compatible not only with Blu-ray discs but also existing DVD and CD formats (achieved by incorporating multiple lasers of varying wave length into the chassis). The result is a device which can burn BD-R media at 2x, DVDs at up to 12x and CDs at 32x. Naturally enough, the BW1000 is also capable of playing back BD content at a full 1080p (1920 x 1,080) resolution.
Price – as you might expect for a first generation product – is high at £549 including VAT but it means the recorder will still be around 20 per cent cheaper than a typical player such as the BD-P1000. The BW1000 is firmly penned in for a late August release and will undoubtedly shift like hot cakes (which always struck me as an odd phrase since who wants their cakes hot? We’d keep them in the sun, not the fridge if that were the case…).