A couple of months after announcing its latest internal Blu-ray drive, Plextor today announced its first external drive with USB 3.0 technology.
The Plextor PX-LB950UE has a nippy recording speed of 12x and makes use of USB 3.0 and eSATA connections to optimise the transfer times when writing and playing-back data – as well as maintaining compatibility with older USB 2.0 systems. The PX-LB950UE is aimed at both business and home users and will be on sale this month with a RRP of £179. This compares well with an internal drive such as the Pioneer BDR-206MBK which costs £190 and only writes at 6x - though it is compatible with BDXL.
The PX-LB950UE comes in a high-gloss piano black case which looks rather fetching and should sit nicely with most A/V or PC set ups. A low vibration system and high 8MB buffer should ensure greater accuracy at higher writing speeds, whilst the low noise output should lead to smoother Blu-ray playback.
The PX-LB950UE is bundled with the advanced CyberLink Blu-Ray and DVD Playback software and recording applications, including 3D compatibility. PlexUtilities software is also included, which offers tools to assist users to test, tune and view information about the drive and writing performance. LightScribe, the disc inscribing software, is also included.