OWC Unveils FireWire 800/USB/eSATA 12X Blu-ray Drive

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Other World Computing announced the immediate availability of its new 12X Quad Interface Mercury Pro Blu-ray drive on Tuesday. The new Mercury Pro external Blu-ray drive includes FireWire 800 and 400, USB and eSATA interfaces.

OWC's Mercury Pro 12x quad interface Blu-ray drive

The Mercury Pro offers up to 12x burn speeds for Blu-ray discs, 16x for DVD, 8x for DVD-DL and 40x for CDs. It includes cables and two 25GB 4x Blu-ray discs.

The Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray 12x quad interface drive is priced at US$349.99, or $449.99 with the full retail version of Roxio Toast Titanium Pro 10.

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6 Comments Leave Your Own

Websnap

woud something like this actually allow me to play BR movies on my mac or would I still need a player software?

toke

It’s that time of decade, that one should ask “Does it have usb3?

Tiger

USB 3 should be a Firmware upgrade only unless what I read was incorrect. The interface is supposed to be the same.

Websnap

USB 3 should be a Firmware upgrade only unless what I read was incorrect. The interface is supposed to be the same.

Not really how it works. The circuitry will be different so you wouldn’t be able to have the speed benefits that USB3 would provide. All the similar interface will give you is backwards compatibility to be able to continue to use existing peripherals on future machines.

marcsten

Websnap - you can play blu ray movies IF you boot into WIndows via bootcamp, and install the blu ray player software that is available commercially. Roxio I do not believe will allow this, although I may be wrong. This software to play is not terribly expensive, but you don’t want to use microsofts player - apparently some movies won’t ply using it.
You also need pretty advanced graphics card and processor in your mac, but if you have a recent macbook pro or iMac you should be fine.

toke

Tiger,
you need 8 pin connector for usb3.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Serial_Bus#USB_3.0

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