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Sony BWU-500S

Sony BWU-500S The Sony BWU-500S is a Blu-ray writer that su Read more

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Sony BWU-500S 12x Blu-ray Disc Writer

16 March 2011
  • Conclusion: It has been more than two years since Sony introduced its third-generation Blu-ray Disc writer, the BWU-300S. Since then, companies like LG, Lite-On and Pioneer have raised the bar, introducing drives with new features and faster BD writing speeds. Sony has finally answered their challenge with the BWU-500S.
  • Pros: Writes to BD-R media at 12x, Writes to BD-R DL media at 8x, Writes to BD-R LtH media at 6x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-RE DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x, 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 8x, Reads single layer BD-ROM's at 8x, Reads BD-R, BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 8x, Reads BD-RE DL media at 6x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±R DL and DVD±R...
  • Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD-R and DVD-R DL media, Slower than other drives when writing to CD-RW and DVD-RW media
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Expert Review

8 April 2011
  • Conclusion: Being compatible with all the optical media formats - CD, DVD and BD, the Sony drive could replace your current CD/ DVD burner and bring the Blu-ray disc experience to your desktop, in terms of both data storage and HD entertainment. A recommended solution if you are thinking of purchasing a fast and reliable BD burner. The drive retails online for less than $150.
  • Pros: Fast and reliable BD/DVD/CD burner, Great software and hardware bundle, Good CD error correction, Good DVD/CD writing quality, Supports Booktype
  • Cons: Writing quality with DVD-R DL discs
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