Recently, Pioneer has released yet another noew external blu-ray writer and it’s another smallest and lightest drive in the market. Pioneer is certainly the old player in this field, so it’s no wonder they’ve got the skill to trim down the size and weight by perfecting from their previous product. This BDR-XD04 is weighing just under 8.5oz with the overall thickness at 0.55-inch only that nominated this guy as the world’s smallest (thinnest) and lightest external blu-ray burner.
Sadly, because Pioneer is trying hard to decrease its dimension and weight, you will find no support of the latest USB 3.0 interface and the write speed is only 6x at max. No idea if USB 3.0 interface will really add some weight to the blu-ray writer or not, it’s a big downside for Pioneer because everyone is moving forward to this faster standard now.
But one nice feature that you can enjoy from this slimmest blu-ray writer is the capability to draw power from single USB 2.0 port without the need of extra power from another port (using Y-cable) to support the drive. If the BUS power of your USB port is not enough, Pioneer has allocated one port for you that you can hook it up with AC adapter to obtain power directly from power outlet.
As far as compatibility, Pioneer BDR-XD04 blu-ray burner support most of media type, including the latest quad layer 128GB BD-Rs to the good old CD media format. Price-wise, Pioneer BDR-XD04 blu-ray writer is going to cost $150 and will be released to the store in the mid-January 2012.