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Pioneer Unveils BDR-XD04 Portable Blu-ray BDXL Writer

Pioneer Electronics announced its new BDR-XD04 portable Blu-ray Disc (BD) BDXL writer ($149.99).

For more information visit: www.pioneerelectronics.com


Unedited press release follows:

Pioneer Offers Smallest and Lightest Portable BDXL BD/DVD/CD Burner

BDR-XD04 Reads and Writes Discs, PC Bundle Allows Users to Watch Blu-ray 3D Discs

LONG BEACH, Calif.–Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled the BDR-XD04, the world’s smallest and lightest BD/DVD/CD portable burner supporting BDXL™1 currently available. The ultra-compact clamshell type drive can read and write to all BDXL disc formats including BD-R triple-layer 100GB media, BD-R quad-layer 128GB media, and BD-RE triple-layer 100GB media, as well as conventional Blu-ray™ discs (single-layer 25GB media and dual-layer 50GB media). The portable device, measuring only 5.2” (W) X .55” (H) X 5.2” (D) and weighing a mere 8.46 ounces, also features PowerRead, PureRead2+, Auto Quiet mode and the ability to be powered directly via USB.

The BDR-XD04 also includes CyberLink® software, enabling users to watch standard Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D titles, and author high-definition Blu-ray Disc content or standard-definition DVD content.

“As the popularity of drive-less ultrabooks continues to rise, the BDR-XD04 becomes the ideal accessory because of its compact size and portability,” said Steven Cohn, director of Optical Sales for the Home Electronics Industrial Department at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “There’s a growing need for a drive that’s highly transportable for playing CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, as well as for storing valuable personal files on a secure, removable medium.”

BDR-XD04 Advantages

• PowerRead – The BDR-XD04 can provide smoother movie playback when a disc has fingerprints or minor surface scratches through the use of its PowerRead feature. When the drive is not able to read through these obstructed areas of a disc, it will quickly move forward to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback.

• PureRead2+ –Click or pop sounds that might normally occur due to minor scratches and fingerprints on CDs can be prevented on some discs with the drive’s PureRead2+ technology, which allows the drive to dynamically adjust its optical playback settings through the use of a unique algorithm.²

• Auto Quiet Mode – The drive also features an Auto Quiet mode that minimizes its operating noise based on how it is being used. The rotation speed changes to a quieter (slower) speed when watching Blu-ray and DVD titles or listening to conventional audio CDs.

• Direct USB Power – Designed for simple and easy integration, the BDR-XD04 can be powered directly through most USB PC connections without AC power. For additional convenience, when a host computer’s USB port does not supply enough current, the BDR-XD04 provides an AC adapter terminal (optional DCA-001 AC power supply required). In addition, the device supports USB boot startup for reading bootable recovery CDs3.

• Manual Eject Lever – The BDR-XD04 incorporates a manual eject lever which lets the user eject a loaded disc when power to the device is not available.

• Bundled Software – The BDR-XD04 is bundled with the following CyberLink software: PowerDVD™ 10 BD3D, PowerDirector® 9 and Power2Go® 7.

The Pioneer BDR-XD04 will be available mid January with a suggested retail price of $149.99

More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com/drives.

1 As a portable BD writer (As of 12/14/2011 surveyed by Pioneer)
2 Not guaranteed to read all disc conditions. Not guaranteed to read under all PC environments.
3 Only when the PC supports start up by USB and DVD/CD.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
BLU-RAY and BDXL are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
CYBERLINK, POWERDVD, POWERDIRECTOR and POWER2GO are trademarks or registered trademarks of CyberLink Corporation.

Specifications Write disc Read disc Write speed
BD

BD-R (Single/Dual/Triple/Quadruple layer),
BD-RE
(Single/Dual/Triple layer)

BD-ROM (Single/Dual layer), BD-R
(Single/Dual/Triple/Quadruple
layer), BD-RE
(Single/Dual/Triple layer)

-R: 2x, 4x, 6x4

-R DL: 2x, 4x, 6x4

-R TL: 2x, 4x

-R QL: 2x, 4x

-R (LtH): 2x, 4x

-RE: 2x

-RE DL: 2x

-RE TL: 2x

DVD

DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R,
DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, high speed
DVD+RW, DVD-RAM5

DVD-ROM (Single/Dual layer), DVD-Video6, DVD-R,
DVD-R
DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL,
DVD+RW, DVD-RAM7

-R: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x

-R DL: 2x, 4x, 6x

-RW: 1x, 2x, 4x, 6x

+R: 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x

+R DL: 2.4x, 4x, 6x

+RW: 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x

-RAM: 2x, 3x, 5x

CD

CD-R, CD-RW, HS CD-RW, US CD-RW,
US+CD-RW

CD-ROM (Mode 1&2), CD-ROM XA, Photo CD
(Single/Multi-session),
Video CD, CD-DA, CD-Extra,
CD-R, CD-RW

-R: 4x, 10x, 16x, 20x, 24x-RW: 4x, 10x, 16x, 20x, 24x
Interface USB2.0
Read speed BD-ROM (SL) 6x Max

BD-ROM (DL) 6x Max

DVD-ROM (SL) 8x Max

DVD-ROM (DL) 8x Max

CD-ROM 24x

Buffer memory size 4 MB
Minimum System Requirements
Hardware Two Available USB 2.0 ports
Supported OS Microsoft Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP SP3
CPU Intel® Core™ 2 DUO E6750 (2.66GHz), AMD® Phenom 9450 (2.1GHz) or
faster
Memory

2GB required for Blu-ray playback
3GB recommended for editing
HD video

HDD space 5GB minimum, 128GB for BDXL burning
Video Intel G45, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GT, AMD Radeon® HD2600 or faster
Display

HDCP compliant display required for playback of high-definition
copy protected content
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

3D Playback 3D display system required
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