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Plextor Blu-ray Drives Read HD DVD
Two new internal disc drives will have combo format features.
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Plextor’s PX-B300SA features Blu-ray recording, as well as HD DVD playback.
March 25, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

The format war may be over, but Plextor still has some love for those that have amassed a decent HD DVD collection.

Two of the company’s new internal Blu-ray drives will also read HD DVD.

“According to Home Media, more than 1.5 million HD DVD movies have been sold in the United States to date,” said Amber Wang, director of new business development and marketing at Plextor. “Our new drives give customers the ability to play HD DVD movies as well as Blu-ray discs.”

According to Crave, the PX-B920SA ($599) will record Blu-ray discs; the PX-B300SA ($499) will have no recording features.

Other highlights: The PX-B920SA delivers 16X DVD±R on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. The PX-B300SA drive offers 4.8X BDMV and 3X HD DVD reading. For DVD, it delivers 16X DVD±R on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. Both feature a 4MB data buffer.

Both will also come bundled with InterVideo WinDVD 8, Ulead MovieFactory 5.5 SE, and Burn.Now 4.5 SE.

Plextor says that both drives should be available by the end of this month.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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