At last we have more than just a codename.
First mentioned in the briefest of splutterings back in March, all that was known about Sony’s first blu-ray burner was the code (BWU-100A). Now we’ve got more…
As inventor of the format it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the King of Proprietary to be first out the gates with Blu-ray kit but that honour went to Samsung and besides Sony is a strange beast these days. Still we finally have the low down so if you’re stuck in a 90s time warp and continue to insist that all your equipment has Sony badges read on.
Not particularly out of the ordinary, the BWU-100A can write to BD-R and BD-RE media at 2x meaning roughly 50 minutes to fill a single layer disc while a dual layer should take… oh just do the maths. DVD and CD writeable and rewriteable discs are also compatible with the new drive since it sports three separate lasers. It is also optimised for keeping video in native HDV 1080i for playback on home players compatible with the BD-AV format and PCs with BD drives installed.
Ultimately the biggest points of interest for me are the (relatively) reasonable $750 price tag and dubious decision to choose a purple faceplate. Sure it may look cool in the photo, but try stuffing it into your beige or black PC and you’ll end up with something even Napoleon Dynamite would be embarrassed to stand beside.
Apparently we’ll be able to catch the BWU-100A sometime in August, but remember this is Sony we’re talking about so when it says ‘August’ it means (s)September(/s) (s)October(/s) (s)November(/s) (s)December(/s) ‘sometime’…