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.