LaCie Doubles Speed of d2 Blu-ray External Drive

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LaCie announced Monday a faster version of its LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive that burngs Blu-ray disks at 8x speeds, twice as fast as the previous version of the drive. The company also upgraded the authoring and backup software that comes bundled with the drive to Toast Titanium 9 (the previous generation of Toast Titanium) for Mac OS X, and Easy Media Creator 10 for Windows users.

The d2 drive is an external Blu-ray drive that can both burn and read/play Blu-ray disks, and connects via USB 2.0 and FireWire. It offers the following speeds for reading and writing:

LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive
LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive
Writing Speeds Reading Speeds
BD-R***(single or dual layer) 4x to 8x (limited to 6x with USB2.0)
BD-RE****(single or dual layer) 2x
DVD±R 16x
DVD±RW 6x
DVD±R DL 8x
CD-R 48x
CD-RW 24x
BD-ROM 4x to 8x (limited to 6x with USB2.0)
AACS BD-ROM (content protected) 2x
BD-R 4x to 8x
DVD±R 16x
DVD±RW 8x
DVD±R DL 8x
CD-R 48x
CD-ROM 48x
CD-RW 32x

The LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive is available now and starts at US$449.99.

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