OWC Offers Quad-interface Blu-ray Drive

Other World Computing (OWC) on Wednesday introduced its Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" external drives. They're priced starting at US$499.

The new drives feature 4X Blu-ray disc write speed and a data transfer rate of up to 150 megabytes per second. They're compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems. The quad-interface drives feature FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and external Serial ATA (eSATA) ports.

The new drives work with 50GB Blu-ray discs, and also support HD-DVD, DVD-RAM, various DVD formats and CD-R/W. They read and write "virtually all optical media," according to OWC, all with write performance up to twice as fast as previous-generation Blu-ray drives.

The $499.99 package nets you the OWC Mercury Pro SW-5583 model, connection cables and two 25GB BD-R discs. For $579.99, the SW-5583T model adds Roxio Toast 9 Titanium for Mac OS X.

The drives are supported by iDVD, iTunes, Apple Finder disc burning and Roxio Toast 9 Titanium.

Although the drives can be used to burn videos and data, please note that at this point. Blu-ray Disc movie playback is not supported by the operating system.

This story, "OWC Offers Quad-interface Blu-ray Drive" was originally published by Macworld.

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