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FastMac debuts external Blu-ray drives

updated 11:25 am EST, Thu February 12, 2009

FastMac Blu-ray drives

Mac component specialist FastMac has begun selling three new Blu-ray drives, all external Blu-ray models connected through USB. The APP-6907 is a 1x DVD±RW/BD model, only capable of reading Blu-ray discs rather than writing to them. The APP-6963 also operates at 1x speeds, but additionally supports writing to blank BD-R discs. The top-end APP-6964 mirrors the 6963 but accelerates to 4x spin.

All of the drives are compatible with both Macs and PCs, but FastMac warns that Blu-ray movies are not natively supported by Mac OS X. As a result, Macs can only transfer files to and from Blu-ray discs, unless they use Boot Camp and supplemental video software. The drives are priced at $100, $300 and $400, respectively.

By Electronista Staff


  1. loudpedal

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Oct 1999



    Geez, they could have spend a few minutes on making the thing look something more than a brick.

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999



    Styling? Yeah, NONE I can see.

    No FireWire?
    USB 2 only? They can't be serious.

    No sale folks.

  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001



    Well while I agree with the Firewire sentiment they are simply doing what will allow them to be used on all potential customers computers. Firewire will add costs and only a minority will use it. Even Apple appears to be moving away from Firewire. I am disappointed as in all other respects it is a great transfer method.

  1. martinX

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2008


    C'mon, Apple, help us out

    The biggest problem is that we have to buy Toast in order to be able to see BluRay discs and even then w can't play a BluRay movie. As a video guy who will be making the move into hi-def soon, backing up a project to BluRay would be a very handy thing. I think Apple is dropping the ball on this one, just like they dropped the ball putting DVD ROMS instead of CD RWs or combo units in the first iMacs.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: C'mon

    I thought OS X could write Blu-Ray disks.

    Or was that just HD-DVD disks they could handle?

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