The first Blu-ray burner for desktop computers that I got my hands on a few years back was well over $1000. Today you can buy a computer with a Blu-ray player for about the same amount. Pioneer has unveiled a new Blu-ray burner for desktop computers called the BDR-205.
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The drive is a 5.25-inch desktop drive made to go inside a computer. The cool part about the new drive is that it is the first Blu-ray writer to hit 12x speeds. If you have ever burned a full Blu-ray disc of data, you know how long it takes to write 50Gb of data.
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The drive will also burn to other media forms like DVD and CD at 16x and 40x respectively. Pioneer will begin shipping the drive in October 2009 with a retail version shipping in Q1 2010 for $249. I guess that means until next year the only place to get the writer is inside a computer purchased through a system builder.