Pioneer intros pair of external, internal DVD burners

Pioneer X122 and R200

Pioneer today launched two DVD writers for the home but made with backups in mind. The DVR-X122 is both the company's external offering as well as the fastest of the two launched today. The drive plugs into the USB 2.0 port on most PCs and burns single-layer DVD-R discs at 18X, making it one of the company's fastest drives. It can also burn dual-layer discs at an unusually high 10X speed for write-once discs, Pioneer says. PCs with internal IDE connections can use the DVR-R200; while slightly slower at 16X (single-layer) and 8X (dual-layer), the drive gains LightScribe support for creating labels directly on the disc surface.

Both drives also come with media creation software to get users started. The more home-oriented X122 ships with Nero 7.5 Essentials for basic movie editing, photo slideshows, and music mixes. Picking up the R200 will provide a copy of media-oriented Roxio burning tools.

Intended primarily for Windows (including Windows Vista), the drives are already shipping at prices of $100 for the X122 and $70 for the R200.

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