A week ago, Pioneer Japan released news about its latest Blu-ray disc writer, claiming it as the world’s thinnest, lightest slot-loading Blu-ray disc writer in the world market. The Pioneer BDR-XU02J is an external BDXL burner, making it a perfect complement to ultrabooks that no longer have disc drives built into them.
Pioneer Japan is able to make its “thinnest and lightest” claim thanks to the BDR-XU02J’s magnesium alloy case. The light metal enclosure cuts the disc writer’s weight to just 245 grams (about 8.6 ounces). The Pioneer BDR-XU02J also has a fairly small form factor; the device only measures 5.24 in x 5.24 in x 0.47 in. To save on even more space, the disc writer can be installed vertically on its side with the stand that comes with the drive upon purchase. The USB-powered device lags a bit in terms of technology, since it only operates on USB 2.0 ports. It still performs decently capable of writing BD-R, BD-R DL, and BD-R LTH discs at 6x and capable of writing BD-RE and BD-RE DL discs at 2x. In terms of reading speeds, the BDR-XU02J tops BD-ROM reading capabilities at 6x. The disc writer is also capable of writing to triple-layer (100 GB) BD-R at 6x and triple-layer BD-RE at 2x.
In terms of authoring software and other related programs and features, the Pioneer BDR-XU02J has a lot to offer. It features PureRead2+ technology that allows accurate and corrective reading of discs. Noise reducing firmware makes sure that the disc drive contributes little to the overall noise of the working space. The drive is preloaded with various programs meant to aid with other disc authoring and playback aspects. It comes with CyberLink’s PowerDVD 10 and DiXiM BD Burner 2013, a disc authoring program that bypasses the copy-protection on certain digital content to allow their transfer from DTCP-IP enabled DLNA devices to a home network.
The Pioneer BDR-XU02J is set to ship out within this month and will go for about $266. The disc writer is compatible with the Windows operating system, specifically XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.