BDR 2207 Pioneer goes 3D with new Blu ray drive

Blu-ray never really took off as far as optical drives in computers are concerned, but there are still a few companies like Pioneer who's trying to push for the format to replace the humble DVD drive. Its latest addition, the BDR-2207 adds support not only for BDXL discs, but also 3D Blu-ray content and a few Pioneer specific features.

Blu-ray never really took off as far as optical drives in computers are concerned, but there are still a few companies like Pioneer who's trying to push for the format to replace the humble DVD drive. Its latest addition, the BDR-2207 adds support not only for BDXL discs, but also 3D Blu-ray content and a few Pioneer specific features.

The BDR-2207 will write to all standard disc formats such as BD-R, BD-R DL/TL/QL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL/TL and all standard DVD and CD formats including DVD-RAM and it will of course also read all of these formats, plus the ROM versions of the above as applicable. It'll write to BD-R SL/DL discs at 12x, BD-R TL-QL discs at 6x and all BD-RE formats at 2x. As for DVD discs the drive tops out at 16x for recordable discs and 8x for re-writeable discs and dual layer discs. CD-R discs can be written at 40x and CD-RW discs at 24x.

BDR 2207 Pioneer goes 3D with new Blu ray drive

However, this in itself doesn't really put the BDR-2207 apart from the competition, but Pioneer bundles a copy of CyberLink's PowerDVD 10 with support for Blu-ray 3D playback which might appeal to those interesting in putting together an HTPC using this drive. It also sports what Pioneer calls PowerRead which is supposed to help improve video playback from smudges and lightly scratched discs or skip ahead slightly on badly smudged or scratched discs. It also features an auto quiet mode which reduces the rotational speed of the drive when playing Blu-ray and DVD movies and QuickStart which is meant to shorten the time it takes from when you insert a disc until it's available to play by up to 42 percent.

At US$99.99 the BDR-2207 is far from the cheapest Blu-ray writer you can get these days, but most of the cheaper models come without software. Pioneer is expecting the BDR-2207 to start shipping later this month.

Source: Pioneer