Japanese company Pioneer has announced today the release of its new Blu-ray Writer drive, on its official website. The new drive is connected through the classic SATA interface.
The device is called BDR-2207 and is able to write a single layer BD-R at a speed of 12x.
A double-layer BD-R will be written at a fast 12x, while triple-layer BD-R TL/QL and BD-R LTH discs can be written at a maximum of 6x.
The BD-RE SL/DL/TL discs with four layers will be recorded at a maximum speed of 2x.
The read speed in in general 10x for Blu-Ray discs and 16x for normal DVDs.
The BDR-2207 features PowerRead technology that provides smoother movie playback when a disc is marked with fingerprints or has minor surface scratches.
When the drive is not able to read through these damaged areas of a disc, it will simply skip to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback.
PureRead2 technology will help avoid clicking or popping sounds that might normally occur due to minor damages on CDs. The drive will dynamically adjust its optical playback settings through the use of a unique algorithm.
Another novel technology is Peak Power Reducer. As some systems will not provide enough power to the drive during operation, in the case of a write operation, the Peak Power Reducer will monitor the power and will reduce the drive's peak power to ensure stable operation.
Pioneer also claims it has a “special” technology that will make the drive recognize a disc faster than older Pioneer models, when the disc is inserted.
There’s also the “quiet” tech that will logically and expectedly reduce the disc’s speed when there is no data requested.
The BDR-2207 will also come bundled with the following three different CyberLink software products. These are PowerDVD 10 BD3D, PowerDirector 9 and Power2Go 7.
The drive comes with only a minuscule 4 MB buffer. We wonder why there’s absolutely no ODM building DVD or Blu-Ray drives with 1 GB buffer or something similar.
It may not be absolutely necessary but why not even try to make something different? We’re sure a talented engineer will be able to do wonders if the manufacturer would accept a truly innovative idea.
Optical drives are probably the most blend and uninteresting component in today’s computers.
The pricing will be 99.99 USD for US clients or around 76 EUR for European buyers.