Conclusion: While many of Sony's Blu-ray products have faced numerous delays and shortages, the launch of their first Blu-ray Disc writer has gone off without a hitch. A true multi format drive, the BWU-100A offers support for both single and dual layer BD media, as well as standard DVD's and CD's.
Pros: Writes to BD-R and BD-RE media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 4x, Writes to DVD-R DL media at 2x, Reads Blu-ray Disc media at 2x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 8x, Reads DVD±R, DV...
Cons: Expensive, Bundled Blu-ray Disc playback software does not support some video cards, Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Cannot set the book type of DVD+RW media, Buffer limited to 2MB when writing CD's and DVD's
Excerpt: Most folks aren’t prepared to choose sides in the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD—and who can blame ’em, given the scarcity of HD content and the exorbitant cost of drives and media. But for the gotta-have-it-now early adopters, Blu-ray remains the only next-gen disc you can burn.
Pros: Looks great! Least expensive of all the HD optical drives we've tested! Good speeds.
Cons: Speeds don't stand out when compared to other HD optical drives.