updated 12:40 pm EST, Fri December 1, 2006
Triple-format Blu-ray burn
Taiwanese company Lite-On is rolling out the LH-2B1S, a SATA triple-format Blu-ray writer. It can write to BD-R/RE discs at 2x speeds, DVD-R/RW discs at up to 12x, and CD-R/RW discs at 32x. As it's a Blu-ray drive, it requires Windows XP SP2, 2000 SP4, or greater. The product comes bundled with PowerDVD for video playback, and Power Producer and Power2Go for authoring. It should be available soon in the United States, but at the moment the only firm release date is December 6th in Japan for 69,800 yen ($604).