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
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