Sony BWU-200S 4x Blu-ray Burner (Image via Sony)
By Shane McGlaun

Sony announced a new internal Blu-ray burner using a SATA interface for computers that has twice the burn speed of previous generations. The new BWU-200S burner has a 4x write speed enabling a full 50GB BD-R to be burned in 45 minutes. The burner can also write to DVD and CD media as well.

Software is included with the drive to allow users to capture, author, edit and burn HD content captured in HDV 1080i format from an HDV camcorder. Writing to both BD-R and BR-RW is possible. The drive uses the standard internal 5.25-inch form factor; though optical drives still commonly use PATA rather than SATA for connecting to the computer. Compatibility is with Windows Vista and XP. The BWU-200S will be available next month from Sony Style for about $600.

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