updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed October 22, 2008
OWC external BD burners
Other World Computing (OWC) on Wednesday introduced its Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drives, the first on the market, the company says, that include a quad interface. This includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity options for both Macs and PCs, allowing the external drives to write Blu-ray media at speeds up to 4X or 150MBps, or twice as fast as OWC's previous generation BD burners.
In addition to being capable of recording to blank Blu-ray discs, including dual-layer ones with 50GB of capacity, the Mercury drives will also record onto HD-DVD, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW media. The Mercury drives will not play back original feature movies recorded on Blu-ray discs, however.
The OWC Mercury Pro SW-5583 is available now, priced at nearly $500, and includes the required cables for each of the four connection options along with two blank 25GB BD-R discs. The OWC Mercury Pro SW-5583T adds Roxio Toast 9 Titanium software for Mac OS X support.