updated 01:50 pm EDT, Thu October 16, 2008
AMEX intros Blu-ray burner
Hong Kong-based AMEX Digital on Thursday announced the release of a slim Blu-ray drive for Mac computers. The Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive is styled like the MacBook Air's Superdrive and allows users to read and write Blu-ray discs, including BD-R and BD-RE formats in both full 12cm and mini 8cm sizes. Dual-layer Blu-ray media is also supported, allowing users to copy up to 50GB of data at once. Power and interfacing with the computer comes via the drive's USB port.
AMEX' Quiet Drive Technology reduces the noise level of the drive, while a liquid crystal tilt/blur compensator compensates for warped discs for a more reliable writing process.
The drive can burn Blu-ray discs at 2x speeds, while DVD+/-Rs are created at up to 8x speeds. CD-Rs are written at 24x speeds and CD-RWs at 16x. Mac OS X and Windows XP upwards are supported. Movie playback and authoring on Blu-ray aren't currently an option on Macs due to the need for software support.
Now available in either black or white, the Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive is priced at $289.