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.