Sunday, April 8th 2007

Fastmac Announces 1st Blu-Ray Optical Drive Upgrade for Apple PCs

Fastmac today announced the first & only Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade for Apple's PowerBook, iBook & MacBook Pro computers. The new slimline, slot loading drive uses one of the fastest & most compatible Blu-ray mechanisms to provide up to 50 Gb of storage on 1 disk, without sacrificing compatibility with standard DVD & CD recordable media. Fastmac's Blu-Ray optical drive upgrade is scheduled to ship within 10 days and is available for pre-order from fastmac.com for a special introductory price of $799.95. Each drive carries a 1 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee .

Fastmac's slimline Blu-ray slot loading optical drive supports reading, writing and re-writing to single and dual layer Blu-ray media at 1x speeds. The drive is also compatible with standard DVD and CD media and can write to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x speed in single layer and 2x speed in dual/ double layer mode. It can rewrite to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 4x speeds. The drive also supports DVD-RAM reading and writing at up to 5x speeds and standard CD-R and CD-RW burning at 8x speeds.

Compatibility
Fastmac's slimline Blu-ray slot loading optical drive upgrade requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher and is compatible with the following Apple computers:
  • iBook G4
  • iMac G5
  • iMac Intel
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch)
  • Mac mini
  • PowerBook G3 Pismo
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium (667 Mhz or higher)
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum
Blu-ray burning requires 3rd-party software such as Roxio's Toast 8 Titanium, which enables Blu-ray disk support in the Mac OS Finder, and Blu-ray media (sold separately). Native support for Blu-ray burning within iLife & iTunes is expected in the future via Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but cannot be guaranteed at this time.Source: FastMac
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8 Comments on Fastmac Announces 1st Blu-Ray Optical Drive Upgrade for Apple PCs

#1
jocksteeluk
if this was offered through apple it would possibly be worth the cost but down to the fact that getting this installed will no doubt invalidate the Apple warranty makes this even less attractive than the price tag already does.
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
thats the cost of the bluray player now. WTF???
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#3
Wile E
Power User
by: WarEagleAU
thats the cost of the bluray player now. WTF???
Correction, BluRay burner.
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#4
randomperson21
why, exactly, would you want to put a br burner/reader in a powerbook g3 or g4!? can they even handle that kind of thing?!
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Wile E
Power User
by: randomperson21
why, exactly, would you want to put a br burner/reader in a powerbook g3 or g4!? can they even handle that kind of thing?!
Data storage would be the only thing I could think of for a G3. The faster G4's can play HD movies, just barely, but they can play them.
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#6
randomperson21
and i got a feeling that a terabyte storage array would cost about the same and give you 20x the storage space... (blueray is 50gb/disc now, right?)
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Wile E
Power User
by: randomperson21
and i got a feeling that a terabyte storage array would cost about the same and give you 20x the storage space... (blueray is 50gb/disc now, right?)
Yeah. I never said it was cost effective. lol
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randomperson21
by: Wile E
Yeah. I never said it was cost effective. lol
point noted.
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