updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue September 29, 2009
Sony outs DRX-S70U-W DVD drive
Sony today added a designer USB-based DVD rewriter tailored for notebooks. The DRX-S70U-W is only just larger than the drive itself and records single-layerDVDs at 8X; it can also burn rewritable discs at the same speed and dual-layer 8.5GB discs at 6X. The drive is powered by the USB bus and is intended first for netbooks and ultraportables where optical storage isn't built-in.
Full compatibility isn't listed, but Sony does cater to Windows users with a bundled copy of Nero to simplify burning discs. Black and white versions will be available in late October. Pricing wasn't included with the unveiling but is likely to hover near $130.