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MCE ships 8x Blu-ray burners for Mac Pro, Power Mac

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Wed April 8, 2009

MCE 8x Blu-ray drives

MCE is now shipping its 8X Blu-ray Recordable Drive, which supports burning to Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. The burner writes to BD-R media on systems with Mac OS 10.5.2 and higher, and using Roxio's Toast 10 software, supports burning HD content that can be viewed on dedicated Blu-ray movie players. It is designed for use in Mac Pro and Power Mac systems, with one version being designed specifically for the 2009 Mac Pro. An external model supports both USB 2.0 and eSATA connections.

The drive burns at 8x for all BD-R discs, and at 2x with BD-RE media. Most DVDs are burned at 16x, while dual-layer DVDs are written at 8x, and CD-Rs are burned at speeds up to 48x. The basic Mac Pro/Power Mac version of the drive costs $450, while the 2009 Pro edition is $430, and the external option is $530.

Each model ships software for Boot Camp playback and a 25GB BD-RE disc. Software bundles including Toast 10 or Adobe Premier Pro CS4 Encore are available as well. Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later is recommended.

by MacNN Staff





  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Blu-ray is so dead. Yesterday's news. Recordable media is way too expensive. The burner is too expensive. Blu-ray for data backup? Ridiculous. All that is possibly needed is playback capability and that's very iffy too. Physical media is on its way out. Blu-ray is the 5.25 Floppy of today, too little, too late.

  1. moofpup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Obsolete?

    So how do you back up 100s of gigs of data? Stacks of Terrabyte Hard drives? How is that cheaper? Wat happens when a disk fails? You must not use you Mac for business.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd like to get into Bluray for backup of AVCHD files from my soon-to-be-purchased HD camcorder. The blanks are still too expensive to use that for home use though. Be OK for business use where you can bill for the backup.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yup, obsolete

    Blu-ray is a stop-gap technology. By the time wide adoption could occur, we'll already be on the next thing, like digital downloads. Too little, too late.

    How do you back up 100's of gigs of data? Hard drives. A rewriteable 50GB BD disk is $50. You can buy a 160GB hard drive for under $45. That is less than 1/3 the price per GB than BD, and it's more reliable.

    Business IT pros use tape for massive backup, but even so, there is begining to be a migration to hard disk backup.

    It won't be long before 50GB fits on flash drive for $10 or less. Blu-ray is toast.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: obsolete

    Apparently Blu-Ray is obsolete because Apple doesn't support it, and everyone is going 'digital downloads'.

    Except digital downloads aren't anywhere near as good as Blu-Ray, and they still have wonderful advancements like no extras, no ability to copy/loan, etc.

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