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2X Blu-Ray drive upgrade for MBPs, iMacs

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Fri October 5, 2007

2X Blu-Ray drive

Fastmac has announced a 2X Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade that is compatible with the PowerBook, iBook and MacBook Pros. The new slimline, slot loading drive can fit up to 50GB of storage on one disc. The drive supports reading, writing and re-writing to single and dual layer Blu-ray media at up to 2x speeds. The drive is also compatible with standard DVD and CD media and can write to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x speed in single layer and up to 2.4x speed in dual/ double layer mode. It can rewrite to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 4x speeds. The drive also supports DVD-RAM reading and writing at up to 5x speeds and standard CD-R and CD-RW burning at 8x speeds.

Blu-ray burning requires 3rd-party software such as Adobe Premiere CS3 or Roxio's Toast 8 Titanium, which enables Blu-ray disk support in the Mac OS Finder. Native support for Blu-ray burning within iLife and iTunes is expected in the future via Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

The drive is priced at $1000, carries a one year warranty and a 30 day money guarantee.

by MacNN Staff




  1. wonderllama

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i wish

    I wish this whole Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD thing would resolve itself, and quickly.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    as long....

    as M$ is involved in it, i see all consumers getting screwed for quite some time.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why not,

    just go external? I added a 2nd HD to my PowerBook and moved the superdrive to an external, and nothing could be better! All of this extra space makes work so much faster and a lot less stressful.

    Truly, how often do you use the optical drive any more? I only use it to occasional watch a movie, or get data from someone who still uses CDs, or backup to DVD. If you got an external BR drive or even HD DVD drive, then it wouldn't be so much of an investment, and you could always sell it with out much loss since you didn't have to go to the innards to install and use it.

    Just a thought...

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    BR v HD

    This is easy, BlueRay will win, because you get more "real" data on a disk - that's what is going to count in the end for users who have drives hooked up to computers.

    Who still backs up to CD/DVD!? What else do you back up to unless you want to spend serious money on a high-end tape drive?

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: i wish

    I for my part wish both formats fail miserably and are replaces in the forseeable future by ONE standard that meets most demands minus the ludicrous DRM shite they are trying to shove down our throat. Seriously, this HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray fight for market dominance has become ridiculous. I mean, WTF do we have standardization for? They somehow managed this with the DVD, why can't they get their act together for this one???

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How do you say this nice

    I will be waiting quite a few months before I purchase this solution...$1000...gotta love new electronics!!

    It'll be nice to have next Christmas.


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