Tiny Pioneer Blu-ray Burner Set for CES Launch
Pioneer Japan has announced a new Blu-ray burner, named the BDR-XD04J, which will be coming to the US early next year, following a CES launch. Pioneer calls the burner the 'world's smallest', and at 133mm square and with a depth of just 14.8mm, it's hard to argue with them! But it's not just the size and 240 gram weight that makes the XD04J standout, it's the comprehensive spec sheet.
All the usual Blu-ray, CD and DVD discs can be burned, with a max-speed of 6x for Blu-ray and up to 8x for DVD but more exciting is the support for recordable BDXL discs of both 100GB and 128GB. Sadly though, Pioneer hasn't seen fit to use a USB 3.0 connection, sticking to the tried-and-tested USB 2.0, but has given the player 4MB of buffer memory to help avoid errors.
The BDR-XD04J will set Japanese buyers back around 18,000 Yen, or approximately $230. The burner is expected to make its international debut at CES in January, when we'll get details of the release date and the final retail price.