LaCie Blu-ray drives double speed

Peter Cohen, Macworld
28 May, 2008
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LaCie has introduced a faster version of its d2 Blu-ray Drive, available now for $999.

The d2 Blu-ray Drive features dual FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces and is compatible with the Mac and Windows. It ships with Roxio’s Toast Titanium software for Mac OS X and Easy Media Creator for Windows, and it lets you burn Blu-ray, DVD and CD media.

In addition to the faster drive mechanism — which now operates at 4x Blu-ray burning speed — LaCie has also augmented the drive with an updated aluminium alloy case and better software.

Blu-ray Disc is the high-capacity optical medium used by the Sony PlayStation 3 and other high definition drives. It’s the successor to DVD and the heir apparent to the HD throne following Toshiba’s withdrawal of HD-DVD from the market earlier this year. Double-layer Blu-ray Discs can store up to 50GB, more than ten times the capacity of a single-layer DVD disc.

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