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Fastmac debuts slim Blu-Ray drive upgrade

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2007

Slim Blu-Ray drive upgrade

Fastmac today launched what it claims is the first and only Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade for Apple's PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook Pro laptops. The new slimline, slot loading drive uses one of the fastest and most compatible Blu-ray mechanisms to provide up to 50GB of storage on one disk, according to FastMac, without sacrificing compatibility with standard DVDs and CDs. The new drive supports reading, writing, and re-writing to single and dual layer Blu-ray media at 1x speeds. The drive upgrade is scheduled to ship within 10 days, and is available for pre-order with an introductory price of $800. Each drive carries a 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

The drive is compatible with standard DVD and CD media, writing to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x speed in single layer and 2x speed in dual/double layer mode. Fastmac's slimline slot loading Blu-Ray drive can also rewrite to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 4x speeds, offering support for DVD-RAM reading and writing at up to 5x speeds as well as standard CD-R and CD-RW burning at 8x speeds.

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  1. lockhartt

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2000


    what a bargain :)

    Quick poll: how many folks need this enough to justify $800?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    no one, really..

    ... this is more of a prestige product, considering very few consumers will be buying this. Maybe a few working in the industry in order to save and work with BD data.

    $800 today, $400 in six months, $200 or less in one year, once 2-3 other mnaufacturers jump on that bandwagon. Regular BD burners are already dropping in prices as well.

  1. GreenMnM

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2000


    Blu-Ray video?

    The site says, "And consumers can now watch today's latest HD content in true high definition with surround sound anytime & anywhere they happen to be." But there is NO blu-ray video player for the Mac yet. Am I missing something?

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Apple DVD Player?

    Isn't there an HD tab in the prefs? Has anyone tried to play back with a Blu-ray?

  1. starwarrior

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2006



    This company sometimes does not deliver. My new super macbook battery was never shipped.

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