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OWC Intros New Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: OWC Intros New Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives Reply with quote

OWC Intros New Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

OWC today announced the release of their new Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drives. The drives come in 8x and 12x speeds and feature a quad-interface of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB and eSATA. They also include two 25GB BD-R discs, connecting cables for all four interfaces, and a one-year warranty. The Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drives in speeds of 8x and 12x are priced at $299 and $349, respectively. OWC also offers a special "Mac version" of each drive, which comes bundled with Toast 10 Titanium Pro, for $100 more.



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see companies are still moving towards Blu-ray technology. It's been very slow going. Prices are still a little steep, but not too bad. I remember when external CD-R first came out about 10+ years ago they were $1000. We've come a long way.

I like the Toast option.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a nice drive. I would buy one in a heartbeat if Snow Leopard supported the playback of commercial movies. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd buy one, if there was an easy way to backup MY BD discs for playback in other BD players or play through a HD mediaplayer!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very frustrating that you can use it as a data disc but can't play BD movies! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the heck!!!!

299.00 to 349.00

i can get a slotloading drive for my mini that burn's blu-ray for 149.00 and i can get a player for 99,99 so why would i want to spend 300.00
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For backups only its cheaper to just buy hard drives.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
For backups only its cheaper to just buy hard drives.


They all started out this way. CD-R, DVD-R and now BD-R. Eventually the price of the blank media will come down. If BD-R blanks get down to $.20 like DVD-R blanks that's much better than hard drive prices.

Hard drives are are subject to mechanical failure, magnets, water damage etc. If you want to make a back-up to store off site disks may be more convenient.

There are pluses and minuses for both.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BD is much more a bag of hurt than DVD-/+R ever was, I never saw so many restrictions in a burner, even one has to buy one year licences and such. Time the Chinese bring some copy free machines on the market! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Kirk wrote:
BD is much more a bag of hurt than DVD-/+R ever was, I never saw so many restrictions in a burner, even one has to buy one year licences and such

Perhaps. I wonder if something has loosened up on that level with regular dual layer DVD discs? Prices are really starting to fall here in the States.
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