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Sony off-shoot unveils 'cheaper' Blu-ray drive for laptops

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Updated Optiarc, the optical drive joint venture between Sony and NEC, has taken the wraps off its first Blu-ray Disc playback drive for laptops, claiming the machine will allow notebook makers to equip mid-range models with the next-gen disc format.

Optiarc BC-5500A
Optiarc's BC-5500A: Blu-ray playback for laptops

Optiarc's BC-5500A doubles up as a standard CD and DVD burner, writing single-layer DVD±R/RW, dual-layer DVD±R, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW media at up to 8x, 4x, 5x and 16x speeds, respectively.

Sony NEC Optiarc BWU-200S
Optiarc's BWU-200S: 4x BD-R burning for desktops

Optiarc said the drive is available to buy now and that it will retail for around £165 ($335/€238) inc VAT.

Separately, Sony also introduced a new desktop BD drive, the BWU-200S. This one can burn BD-R and BD-RE media too, with BD-R recording speed running at 4x - though only 2x for BD-RE.

The drive is due to go on sale in the US in November for around $600.

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