The Pioneer Electronics BDR-205 Blu-ray Disc Computer Writer is the industry’s first and fastest model to feature up to 12x write speed for single and dual-layer Blu-ray discs, up from previous speeds of 8x. Pioneer says that when the unit is utilized with a properly configured PC, the drive’s Low Vibration Mechanism Design improves overall writing accuracy, especially for consumers and business people who need to preserve ever-increasing amounts of critical data, making it an ideal choice for authoring providers and system builders.

Pioneer says that with 50GB of storage space on a dual-layer Blu-ray disc, professional users can rapidly test high definition feature films during the authoring process, as well as back up large volumes of data with ease.

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The BDR-205 computer drive also provides read and write speed performances up to 16x for DVD and 40x for CD media.

“The BDR-205 drive represents our ongoing efforts to combine Pioneer’s engineering expertise with advanced technologies, and our next generation Blu-ray Disc writer is a great example of our no-compromise approach to optical disc product development,” said Steve Cohn, director of optical disc sales for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

It is expected that the new BDR-205 Blu-ray disc computer writer retail version will be available Q1 2010 for US$249.